Maria Bamford: How to Win!

Maria Bamford (born September 3, 1970) is an American stand-up comedian best known for her portrayal of her dysfunctional family and self-deprecating comedy routine involving jokes about her apparent depression and loneliness. Her comedy style also involves the incorporation of various voices to represent (and often good-naturedly mock) various stock character types. Fellow comic Patton Oswalt has called her one of the most creative and original comics working today. Bamford was born at the naval base in Port Hueneme, California (where her father Joel was serving as a Navy doctor), growing up there and in Duluth, Minnesota. She attended Chester Park Elementary and The Marshall School in Duluth and went on to attend Bates College, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Minnesota, where she earned a degree in Creative Writing. Bamford started doing stand-up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the age of 19 at Stevie Ray's Comedy Cabaret and later joined Edinburgh's improvised...

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