FROM Maria Bamford
Maria Bamford & Pam Brady, ‘Lady Dynamite’ Every episode in the new Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite is divided into past, present and “Duluth.” In the past, comedian Maria Bamford plays a version of her former self, as she navigates her life and career in Hollywood, saying "yes" to every job she's offered. In the Duluth segments, she plays the same character while she’s in treatment for her newly diagnosed bipolar II back home in Minnesota. And in the present, Bamford’s character is back in Los Angeles, well-medicated and trying to regain her footing and find a balance. In real life, Bamford really did take a break to deal with her mental illness, though she tells us she did that here in Los Angeles and not Duluth. That treatment came in the midst of a busy career as a standup and a voiceover artist. Previously, she had also appeared as a deranged shopper in a series of Target ads. Bamford has been on the show before--five years ago, when she and two other comics talked about dealing with the challenge of finding steady work. Little did we know that at the time, Bamford had other problems. On this visit to The Business, she tells us that the Target ads were part of what led her to a mental health crisis and feeling like she needed to seek treatment. Pam Brady, the co-creator of Lady Dynamite, also joins us on the show. She and Bamford talk about why Bamford didn’t want to write her own life and Brady tells us how she and her team of writers approached that challenge, in addition to keeping the real-life Bamford at ease on set while filming Bamford’s character going through a mental crisis.
Maria Bamford: 'Lady Dynamite' Maria Bamford has been described as a comic's comic, well-known in the comedy world but underappreciated by the broader American audience. But with her new show on Netflix, "Lady Dynamite," Bamford is going mainstream. In the show, Maria plays a fictionalized version of herself in the surreal worlds of Hollywood, her Eagle Rock neighborhood and her hometown of Duluth Minnesota. The show explores her career, relationships, and how she lives with bipolar disorder, among other psychological issues.
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