MARIA BAMFORD'S MINNEAPOLIS
When comedian Maria Bamford comes back to Minneapolis, here's the first five places you might find her:
- On the street, talking to herself. "I like to walk around Uptown. And then I go through my bits; I talk and go through my show business bits."
- The Minneapolis Central Library. "I go where they have the used book center and have some coffee there. Then I buy a ridiculous amount of used books that I carry around as sort of a faux workout."
- Saks Off 5th (RIP). "I would go in there, and then they would look at me as if I was going to steal something."
- Some mysterious Uptown pizza place. "There's a [late night] standup show and it's [at a pizza place] in Uptown. I've never had the pizza."
- The Southern Theater. To see her old friend Leslie Ball from the BALLS Cabaret, Saturdays at midnight.
MARIA ON SCREEN
Bamford's first brush with YouTube was her delightfully odd series, The Maria Bamford Show, an online episodic in which she acts out time spent in her parents' Duluth house, casting herself in every role imaginable (copacetic father, nail-biting sister, catty high school nemesis).
Embracing the role her family plays in much of her comedy—and symbolizing family dynamics for normal people everywhere—she performs her 2012 special, The Special Special Special, in front of only her mother and father in her own home, complete with awkward silences and pee breaks. [Ed note: find the whole thing on Netflix]
Spot-on impressions of her mother continue with Bamford's latest web series, Ask My Mom!, in which she, again playing both herself and her mother, doles out fonts of that ordinarily transcendant wisdom that only Duluth mothers can.