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“I’ll Be All Right”: Talking To and About the Great Maria Bamford
Illustration by Giacomo Gambineri. Yes, a joke can be a one-liner built from a setup and a punch line, but it can also be an act of physical comedy. Pretending to stick a needle in your eye, or pooping in the street while wearing a wedding dress: both jokes. A joke, as defined by this list, is a discrete moment of comedy, whether from stand-up, a sketch, an album, a movie, or a TV show.
Now that audience is going to grow much bigger, as Bamford is the front-runner to win the "Best Club Comic" prize at The American Comedy Awards , airing on NBC on Thursday, May 8th -- and her at-home special hits Netflix on May 15th, reaching potentially millions of new fans seeking smart, original comedy. She's now performing at the top of her game, as the awe-struck reviews of her show at Austin's Moontower Comedy festival in late April by critics from the Austin American-Statesman and the thoughtful Spit Take magazine underscore; seeing her live is indeed like viewing a "thrilling I didn't know about her until about two years ago, even though I consider myself a bit of a comedy maven, until I ran across a interview she did on Marc Maron's WTF podcast.