Dec 20th 2017 by topicstories • 22 Questions • 172 Points
Here we go again. I still don’t understand what’s happening exactly, but it’s very exciting and confusing.
The reason for my second Reddit internet interview is because I just launched a 12 part web-series called “Ave Maria Bamford” on Topic.com. No, never heard to it? Of course not. There is a tidal wave of content heading towards your already-flooded, ocean-side iPhone. Take care of yourself. But if you'd like to watch a flawed person in a jazzy bishop’s costume suggest that the Worst may be the Best — this may be for you. Then again, it may be offensively flip on a range of issues that are genuinely heartbreaking. “Ask Me Anything!” unless of course you are from my troll demographic (young dads of children, under the age of 5, living in a suburb of Denver)……
Edit: Thank you for all the great questions. Signing off now. I'll let you know next time I'm back.
Hey Maria! You are my favorite stand up comedian. I've seen your show twice. I actually got a tattoo inspired by one of your jokes.
So I guess my question is....whatcha think?
Edit: Oh! And also I'm a therapist, thank you for talking so openly about mental health! :)
GORGEOUS! WOWEEE! That is so pretty!! And thank you for your service to our nation.
Maria, I want you to know that you are one of my idols, and you help me feel less crazy and less alone. Even though I don't know you. I bought your adorable critter shirt as a reminder that you support me, and a reminder that we're all just weird people doing our best. I also bought tickets to your Salt Lake show because not seeing your act would actually ruin my month.
I guess I have a few questions. What is your favorite book? When you feel like you're losing grip, how do you pull it back? What is the most valuable thing anyone has ever told you?
Again, thank you for everything.
The Artists Way was given to me by Frank Conniff (follow him on Twitter!) and it really changed my life (I think).
Sometimes, things get so bad, that nothing can really make you feel "better", but I know asking for help (even from strangers- phone operators, suicide hotlines, delta airlines representatives) can be oddly helpful in a pinch.
Hi Maria, is there someone or thing that influences your comedy more now than when you first started in your YouTube days? How are you dogs doing?? Thx!
My hubby influences me a ton because he has a lot of great movement and vocabulary that I've never had access to and he lets me use it in the family business. The dogs (we've had 6) are now Betty the black pug and Jackie the Chihuahua and they are doing very well. Scott has taken them out to poopoo pee pee!
How has mental health stigma hurt you professionally? Is eroding it a conscious goal of yours?
Well, obviously, I don't really know about jobs I didn't get. And entertainment is much more lenient, liberal and understanding about mental health issues than any other industry. (My manager said when I called him from the psych ward- "Oh! I have two other clients with bipolar- call me when you feel better!") If it has, I don't care- I didn't have much to lose by being open about it and it turns out, weirdly, it's been a cash cow, haha.
Have you ever dealt with ever feeling like you weren't doing enough, or weren't far enough in yourcareer. Did it ever cause you to make rash decisions about your life, like feeling you have to move to a different city or make some other kind of drastic change?
Every few seconds. Yes, of course. OF COURSE. What helps me is community- which means I belong to several 12-step groups, I call people, I've learned the name of every barista at the coffee shop (Brooklyn, Jeremy, Sarah, Angel, Gabby, Lydia, Anja, Matt) and I ask my friends for help A LOT. I need to "bookend" (checking in with someone before and after doing a task) in order to do the simplest 5 -minutes of rehearsal. For reals. It is sometimes setting a timer for 5 minutes, calling my friend Alex and telling him I'm going to rehearse and then rehearsing and calling him again when the timer goes off. It is sometimes EXCRUTIATING to get myself to do things and then, even when I do things, I am flooded with thoughts that it's not enough. It's bullshit. I think it's along the lines of a phobia- where your brain is trying to keep you safe by raising your fear levels- that you're not in any danger, you are doing enough. I know as much as you do on that front for sure. It is painful to just keep moving.
Hi, Maria! Long-time fan, and I finally have the chance to see you perform next month! You're one of my all-time favorite comedians, and I love your work in other mediums as well.
What do you think a comedian's responsibility is regarding material that may make the audience uncomfortable? I typically roll my eyes when people complain about political correctness, but I understand the desire to push the envelope or stretch the medium. How should a comedian tastefully experiment with their material in a way that's not harmful? Sorry if this is a loaded question, have a lovely day!
I don't know- I have an extremely limited perspective- I am a white, older, well-off (now) lady and I try to wake up, but I know there is no way I am not going to make mistakes as a result of my cultural ignorance. If someone is hurt by something, they are hurt and I think, it needs to be addressed- that it's an important part of being a human being- to acknowledge the experience of others. People can then agree to disagree, but to say someone's wrong or too sensitive for not liking something also is irresponsible.
For a while now, you've been doing voice work in animation. What lead you to that? Do you have any plans to expand to video game voice work?
I'll do anything for a paycheck (unless of course it is against what I'm down for- like, I won't do commercials anymore because the Target thing was so hard to not be able to criticize publicly- As soon as someone tells me I can't say anything, it becomes problematic)
You are coming to Fresno in April and I’m DEVASTATED because my bff is getting married that night. I already missed you once in LA. My question is... why does the universe hate me? WHY?!
It's a numbers thing- there is no Higher Power controlling this situation. If you follow me on twitter, You'll increase your statistical odds- I do daytime shows a lot in LA.