Maria Bamford: Old Baby

Synopsis: Maria Bamford performs a rapid-fire, playful stand-up set for crowds at park benches, bowling alleys and LA theaters in this roving comedy special.
Director(s): Jessica Yu
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64 min


I always like to tell audiences...


just in case you're brought

here by a friend.

Sometimes friends lead us astray.

I had two very close friends.

My parents invite me to go see a film.

I said, "Of course

I'll go see that movie with you,

because you love me.

Why on earth would

you want to see me suffer?"

And then I sat through

Steven Spielberg's War Horse,

which, if you haven't seen,

as far as I'm concerned,

is a 14-hour, real-time documentary

about a gentle horse struggling in vain

to escape from barbed wire.

This may be your war horse.

If that's the case,

do as I did.

Take a lap outside.

Get yourself a treat.

There's probably a CVS

or a Rite Aid selling ice cream... nearby

because you're a good friend.

You took a risk.

And in fact,

your relationship has only grown deeper,

because now you know

you have different senses of humor

when it comes to certain types

of stand-up comedy.

Oh! What a stinging broth intimacy can be.

[mimics shivering]

That's who you are.

That's it.

Did you know that on Netflix,

it is possible to run out

of genocide documentaries?

And I've got to fill

my queue with something.

How else am I gonna feel that contentment

that comes from the perception

I'm not about to kill millions of people,

nor are millions

of people about to kill me?

My queue kept suggesting a reality show

called Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta,

which is a show wherein young ladies

pick out gowns for their nuptials.

And it's very similar

to a genocide documentary,

[deep voice] in that no one

is learning from history!

[Southern accent] It's my day,

it's the most important

day in a woman's life.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.


[deep low voice]

I just want a pretty dress.

Bigger than the other dresses.

Bigger than the other dresses.



I just got married last year.

Uh... As an older bride.

What is that, a specter from the attic?

And, uh...

The thing is,

what you might ask, is...


The reason it happened

was I had an epiphany.

I was so sick of myself

asking that question

of people in relationships:

"How did you guys meet?

Did your hands come together

by accident in a garden?"

And what do people

in relationships always say?

They always say,

"Um, well, we just met

and we genuinely liked each other,

and, you know, there's ups and downs.


We like each other, so we stay together."


Oh, I'm sorry if you're bored

with your miracle!

And it seems like to me romance

takes a lot more than that.

Like, you gotta want it, but no.

Be available.

Too busy.

He's the one.

But that's the deal breaker.

The odds of falling in love

with the perfect person

at the perfect time

are about the odds of, I don't know,

being discovered in Hollywood.

Wait a minute.

I asked a similarly desperate question

for many years,

which was,

how do you make it in show business?

Do you move to San Diego

and disguise yourself as a bush?


Moving slowly northward

beneath the cover of dusk?

[audience laughs]

And what do famous people always say?

They always say,

"Well, do you enjoy doing it?"



Isn't it fun, yeah, just keep doing it.

Just keep it doing, you know,

and, um...

if you don't enjoy it,

please, you know, stop.

But no one can ever

take that away from you.

You get to do it, and it's a privilege.

And just,

you know,

pretty soon you've been

doing it a long time, you go, whoa this,

this is what I do.

This is what I've done with my life.

Best of luck.


Which is profoundly true.

Is that what a relationship is?

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Maria Bamford

Maria Elizabeth Sheldon Bamford (born September 3, 1970) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and voice actress. She is best known for her portrayal of her dysfunctional family and self-deprecating comedy involving jokes about depression and anxiety. Her first comedy album and tour was The Burning Bridges Tour (2003), followed by her second album, How to WIN! (2007), and her third, Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome (2009). She starred in her first feature film, Lucky Numbers (2000), before lending her voice to characters on CatDog, American Dad!, Ugly Americans, Adventure Time, and BoJack Horseman. Bamford's film work includes Stuart Little 2 (2002), Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure (2003), Barnyard (2006), Heckler (2007), and her most recent film, Hell & Back (2015). She transitioned into television by starring in Louie (2012), Arrested Development (2012), and WordGirl (2014). In 2014, she won the American Comedy Award for Best Club Comic.Her life story is the subject of the 2016 Netflix original series Lady Dynamite, in which she plays the lead role. Her work has drawn critical acclaim as well as controversy as her subjects span from lighter to darker topics such as suicide and psychiatric conditions. more…

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