Thursday, June 14, 2012

Maria Bamford

For Book Club tonight, the ladies and I went to see comedian Maria Bamford do a show at St. Scholastica.  It was great.  She is the one who does the Target ads at Christmas time.

She's really strong.

I have been a fan of hers since my aunt sent me a home-made cassette tape out of the blue and told me to listen to it.  It was one of Maria's albums and I loved it so much that I wrote her (Maria) an email and told her that I thought she was so funny that from now on I would buy her albums myself and not rely on my relatives for bootlegs.  She wrote back and said she was glad I liked it.  Nice!  So I have bought her albums since then and I have kept up with what she has been doing.  She had a web show for a while that I loved.  I'm not a huge fan of stand up comedians but for some reason I really love Maria.  She does a bit about "Christy the Christian Teen" that just about kills me, and she also does impressions of her family members that are hilarious.  One of my favorite bits she does is about leaving her mom voicemail messages from the baby Jesus.

Tonight Maria did some material about mental illness that I thought was great.  She said people still don't think of mental illness as a "real" ailment because you never hear someone say they should treat their nearsightedness or cancer with an "attitude adjustment."  I loved that.

After the show we hung around and got to chat with Maria for a few minutes because my friend Dana went to high school with her.  Dana took a picture of the two of us.



But by far the most bizarre thing that happened all night was that I was sitting in the front row of the second section and a lady in an enormous motorized barcalounger came rolling up and everyone in the row had to scooch their chairs down so she could back into her spot right next to me.  The lady was on oxygen so she had a big tank and she also had bags and bags of stuff hanging all over within arms reach.  She took out a big bottle of water and a cup and had a little drink at one point. But that's not the bizarre part.  She also had a  wiener dog on her lap who was wearing a silver necklace and a pink, gingham, halter dress. I couldn't stop looking at that stupid dog.  And the dog couldn't stop looking at me.  It was unnerving.  Other people were looking at the dog too and I think the lady was getting self conscious about it because she put a pink vest on it that said, "My name is Rosie and I'm a service animal.  Please don't pet me."  I couldn't really pinpoint what service Rosie was providing, unless having a dog indefatigably lick your nasal cannulas is a service.  If it is, Rosie was doing a great job.


10 comments:

  1. Dana McKibbage WaldbilligJune 15, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Sarah, you say you never take good pictures, but this is a great one! Even though Maria said you looked great and she looked like a crazy person. LOL I got home last night, and all I could tell Andy about was that ridiculous service weiner you got to sit next to.

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    1. Yeah, that is a pretty good picture. I was so happy to be taking a pic with Maria that I didn't have time to make a stupid "I'm smiling" face and I just smiled. That service wiener really stole the show.

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  2. A weiner service dog--that's surely different! Glad you enjoyed the show!

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  3. The wiener dog holds her shirt down. You can go ahead and ban me for that comment. I probably will go to hell anyway!

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    1. Do you think that's really what the dog is for? I still don't know. I would never ban you.

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  4. OMG I love, LOVE Maria!!! I can't wait for the Target ads. I love when she does impressions of her family! I check in on her website all the time!
    I am so jealous you met her and got a picture!!!!!!

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  5. maria is the best! that's so awesome! she's my favorite part of any comedy special she appears on. now i need to buy her albums too! that is also a boss photo, you both look fantastic.

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  6. I need to find an outfit like that to be her for halloween! HELP

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