Maria Bamford to Star in Wacky New Netflix Comedy Series From ‘Arrested Development’ Creator
If you are no familiar with Maria Bamford for whatever ridiculous reason, you’re about get a very awesome introduction: the notably odd and fiercely hilarious comedian is getting her very own Netflix series, produced by Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz.
Variety reports that Netflix has rightfully ordered 13 episodes of Lady Dynamite, based on Maria Bamford’s own life — to an extent. The series is described as an “occasionally surreal” single-camera comedy, in which Bamford plays “a woman who loses — and then finds — her s—t.”
If you’re familiar with Bamford’s material, that sounds super appropriate. The actor and comedian is known for confronting her own mental issues on stage in ways that are hilariously strange and delightfully arresting. Although she often speaks of her anxiety issues, Bamford confronts her fear by doing what she’s afraid of — which makes her all the more amazing. Her performances are brazen and her facial expressions are incomparable.
Bamford previously guest-starred on Arrested Development Season 4, playing Debrie Bardeaux, a drug-addicted woman Tobias meets when he mistakes a drug recovery group meeting for a meeting of actors. Debrie was one of the biggest highlights of the bumpy fourth season.
Bamford will co-produce Lady Dynamite with Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz, along with South Park producer Pam Brady. The actor/comedian previously signed a multi-year deal with Netflix, which definitely lends credence to those reports of more seasons of Arrested Development.
If you’re not familiar with Bamford and you’d like to correct that situation, I highly recommend watching her stand-up special, The Special Special Special, in which she performs in front of an audience of two: her parents. It’s currently available on Netflix Instant, so you have no excuse.