Watching a tiny giant at the top of her game

With the blessed delivery of her brand-new online Special Special Special and her quick two-day engagement at Cap City last week, we’ve been getting just the right dosage of Maria Bamford lately: a heaping shit-ton.

I’m not sure how many times y’all have watched SSS already, but we here at Moontower just can’t get enough of it. The freshness of performing just for her parents (and all of the ripe meanings behind that!), the sheer nerve of performing some of those jokes for a two-person audience, the jokes themselves… It really is a masterpiece to behold.

bamfordCheck out what The New York Times says about the special, because it’s way smarter than anything we can say about it.

And then, right on the show’s heels, she shows up right here in our backyard! Again! Besides being even funnier in person, Bamford’s two nights at Cap City left everyone feeling, ironically, so happy. Not just not-sad, but genuinely euphoric.

It was great seeing Bamford’s real-life pals Jackie Kashian and local host Kerri Lendo in the nights’ proceedings as well, proving once more the baselessness of that maddening prejudice about women lacking the funny gene. These were, in fact, two of the best, most rewarding nights of stand-up in Austin we experienced all year.

Did you catch Bamford (and Kashian and Peretti and Foley and Rajskub) last year during the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival’s “Ladies’ Night” She-Bang? THAT was another one of those nights to hold on to.

What I’m saying is: Big ups to the ladies again this year. And get your dang Moontower badge already…

Michael Graupmann

Michael Graupmann is the Senior Editor of Arts and Entertainment at CultureMap Austin and a blogger for The Moontower Comedy Festival. He is a producer of The Encyclopedia Show Austin, Mortified Austin and The Austin Story Slam. When he's not writing or attending one of Austin's endless bounty of performance ventures, he's sleeping or on his way to another show.

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