Maria Bamford's 12 gifts for the holidays
December 24, 2017 7:45 PM   Subscribe

Ave Maria Bamford! Maria Bamford (previously, more previously) stars in this 12-part holiday special about the silver linings within everything from substance abuse to bankruptcy and existential despair. posted by Space Coyote (20 comments total) 57 users marked this as a favorite
 
God bless Maria Bamford and god bless us, everyone!

Note: Not necessarily the Judeo-Christian god, but whatever god-like figure you prefer most.
posted by elsietheeel at 7:49 PM on December 24, 2017 [1 favorite]


MUSKVISION
posted by Artw at 8:17 PM on December 24, 2017 [4 favorites]


Bamford is a real life superhero and if you haven’t seen both seasons of Lady Dynamite go get on that.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:31 PM on December 24, 2017 [6 favorites]


partway in but holy crap these are great. Merry xmas y'all
posted by Theta States at 8:49 PM on December 24, 2017 [1 favorite]


I love her so much. Was hard to hear of her recent mental health issues. Glad she's better.

"Cool new coffeeshop..."
posted by Windopaene at 9:13 PM on December 24, 2017


I'm glad she's getting more exposure. I haven't finished Lady Dynamite yet, but it's been great so far.
posted by johnstein at 10:08 PM on December 24, 2017


Glad she's better.

Not to split hairs, but you don't "get better" from something like bipolar II.
posted by deadaluspark at 12:11 AM on December 25, 2017 [3 favorites]


> deadaluspark:
"Glad she's better.

Not to split hairs, but you don't "get better" from something like bipolar II."


I read that more as "Glad she's doing better." You can do better with the right treatment.
posted by Samizdata at 2:03 AM on December 25, 2017 [8 favorites]


> johnstein:
"I'm glad she's getting more exposure. I haven't finished Lady Dynamite yet, but it's been great so far."

You need to fix that soonest, BTW.
posted by Samizdata at 2:03 AM on December 25, 2017 [1 favorite]


I love Bamford and i love Lady Dynamite but i found this particular stream of videos to be a bit tiresome. I bailed after the 5th or 6th, and didn't watch to the end.
posted by hippybear at 6:22 AM on December 25, 2017 [2 favorites]


I love her special (called The Special Special Special) so much. Looks like it's on Netflix now, too.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 9:18 AM on December 25, 2017 [1 favorite]


I read that more as "Glad she's doing better." You can do better with the right treatment.

Maybe I should have posted the whole quote then?

I love her so much. Was hard to hear of her recent mental health issues. Glad she's better.

She's had these issues most of her life, she was diagnosed with bipolar II nearly ten years ago. The person I was responding to phrased it in such a way as to describe it as a "recent" problem that is now "better."

Anyway, even with the right treatment, it's a struggle, it's a problem that never goes away, it's pills you never get to stop taking, it's learning to manage your life in a rigid structure that may not be anywhere near how you would actually like to live your life. Yes, you can do better (as Bamford has obviously had ups and downs with her mental health history, as most people with mental illness do.), but it's not some kind of permanent solution.
posted by deadaluspark at 11:19 AM on December 25, 2017 [3 favorites]


> deadaluspark:
"I read that more as "Glad she's doing better." You can do better with the right treatment.

Maybe I should have posted the whole quote then?

I love her so much. Was hard to hear of her recent mental health issues. Glad she's better.

She's had these issues most of her life, she was diagnosed with bipolar II nearly ten years ago. The person I was responding to phrased it in such a way as to describe it as a "recent" problem that is now "better."

Anyway, even with the right treatment, it's a struggle, it's a problem that never goes away, it's pills you never get to stop taking, it's learning to manage your life in a rigid structure that may not be anywhere near how you would actually like to live your life. Yes, you can do better (as Bamford has obviously had ups and downs with her mental health history, as most people with mental illness do.), but it's not some kind of permanent solution."


Believe you me, I do know. I am not bipolar, but I do suffer from cyclic depression. So I have bad days and not so bad days, but they are never actually good. Toss in ADD and a fair chance I am on the spectrum, and it makes for a neurochemical blend for not a lot of success in life.
posted by Samizdata at 12:15 PM on December 25, 2017 [3 favorites]


Especially in S2 Lady Dynamite has earned the label of show most determined to bite the hand that feeds it. I love the series' continuing ability to leave me with a "What did I just watch?" aftertaste.
posted by dhartung at 3:30 PM on December 25, 2017 [1 favorite]


She was unable to function, talk, perform, write, etc.

She is better now, obviously now able to function.
posted by Windopaene at 5:24 PM on December 25, 2017 [1 favorite]


The parts of Bamford's stand-up I've seen were pretty funny, but the second episode of Lady Dynamite trotted out that tired old bullshit "Bi dudes are just secretly gay dudes who want to fuck everything that moves". There's no way I'm ever going back to that show.
posted by haileris23 at 8:12 PM on December 25, 2017 [1 favorite]


haileris23 I am so with you. And I wanted to like the show, I really did. But I cringed throughout that episode.
posted by Cookiebastard at 9:09 AM on December 26, 2017


Anyway, even with the right treatment, it's a struggle, it's a problem that never goes away, it's pills you never get to stop taking, it's learning to manage your life in a rigid structure that may not be anywhere near how you would actually like to live your life.

Yep. Exactly.

haileris23, I might be confabulating this, but I feel like she apologized for that episode in Season 2, and also apologized for some later-in-season-1 cringe-y casting/writing (I don't want to spoil).
posted by fiercecupcake at 1:19 PM on December 26, 2017


I mean, I totally love taking a million pills that make me have a belly that looks pregnant, not drinking as much as I'd like to when I want, and going to bed at 11 pm. It's super awesome. Add in god knows what I'm doing to the rest of my body. But hey, I'm not crying 24/7 and/or making very, very poor impulsive decisions. So there's that.
posted by fiercecupcake at 1:20 PM on December 26, 2017 [2 favorites]




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