Maria Bamford

My mom bought my brother, who is a huge Chelsea Handler fan, this Comedy Central DVD of female comedians.  Maria Bamford was on it and I had heard of her from this article and also this one.

She also did a Reddit AMA. Excerpts:

Well, I live in California- where what I’m sharing really isn’t that personal? Real estate agents have short memoirs of their shaman healings in my neighborhood– so it doesn’t feel that brave. And my parents (and family) have always talked about EVERYTHING. I mean everything. So, they’re probably wondering, “Why doesn’t she open up more?” Mom, Dad, I’m just waiting til I feel like I know you better.

Just do it. Do what you think is funny. Do it again and again. Fail, try, try, fail, enjoy, triumph, again. That’s all there is. We’re all in the same boat- i’m just as scared as you are. I’ve always been sort of shy and passive aggressive (which I hope is changing) and stand-up has been comfortable for me. It’s a way to say what I want without being challenged- which of course would be different if I did a lot of shows in the UK – where heckling is an art form. Just do it. You are your biggest fan.

 

Trust Us, This is All Made Up

 

Splitsider has an article on a long-form improv documentary called “Trust Us, This is All Made Up.” Watch the trailer above!

Most of the film features a performance by the duo at the Barrow St. Theatre.  The rest follows Jagodowski and Pasquesi as they look for inspiration and, after the show, as they dissect the choices they made.

TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi are improv partners and Second City alumni. The director, Alex Karpovsky, is currently appearing as recurring character “Ray” on HBO’s “Girls.” The film was an official selection at the 2009 SXSW Festival.

Advice from Jagodowski on improv beginners: