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Comedian Maria Bamford brings her voice(s) to City Arts Center Friday

BY GEORGE LANG Modified: August 11, 2011 at 5:12 pm •  Published: August 11, 2011

Her voices, which crop up occasionally in animated programs such as “CatDog” or “Hey Arnold,” get perfected during commutes, when Bamford says a near-constant monologue is taking place.

“I totally talk to myself when I’m walking or driving — that’s usually when ideas come out,” she said. “The few that I do are just me being ridiculous, and my mom is a very strong figure in my life, so it’s easy to remember what she sounds like.”

Bamford received some of her greatest exposure from “The Comedians of Comedy,” the film and Comedy Central series featuring her on tour with Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn and Zach Galifianakis, and like many of the stand-up comedians enjoying the latest renaissance in the art form, she frequents the podcasts that help promote their work, such as “Doug Loves Movies,” “The Nerdist” and Marc Maron’s weekly interview podcast. She said those podcasts have transformed the way comedians pack a room by allowing them to speak directly to their fans. While it seems that stand-up comedians are becoming more self-evaluating — a phenomenon spotlighted in the recent HBO special “Talking Funny” with Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K., Chris Rock and Ricky Gervais — Bamford said comics have always been self-critical and constantly assess their processes. These days, there are just more ways to listen in on them.

“We’re all having our fishbowl experience,” she said. “With the podcasts, we’re just hearing more of what people are thinking all the time.”

With: Jackie Kashian, James Draper and Zach Smith.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Where: City Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd.

Tickets: $22 advance/$25 at the door.



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