A religious experience with Maria Bamford

Sarah Harper

My faith in self-deprecation was renewed last night when I worshipped at the comedy altar of Maria Bamford.

In her stand-up show at ACME Comedy Co., Bamford poked fun at her bank of inabilities, including her terror of cooking and her distrust for the romantically interested.

Even though her humor is self-deprecating, Bamford made it clear that she’s cut from finer cloth than the herds of awkward plebs trying to be Tina Fey. There’s nothing shallow about her stand-up routine. Bamford, who you might know from those kooky Target commercials, draws from her personal struggles with depression, annoying people, relationships and her family. In other words, she has things to be negative about. Her self-deprecation comes from a place of honesty, not vanity or trendiness.

Don’t get me wrong- I’m not saying Bamford should be self-deprecating. But she’s got a knack for serving up self-deprecation with a side of smarts. Her creatively voiced vignettes had audience members (her parents included) doubled over, slapping their knees.

You can still catch Bamford while she’s in town. She’ll be at ACME Comedy Co. again Friday and Saturday night. Admission is $15 and a dinner package is $30.