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Maria Bamford Wants to Join Your Cult

Maria Bamford Wants to Join Your Cult

A comedian and a podcaster walk into a dog park...

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Famous comedian Maria Bamford became my friend at the dog park, and she came on the podcast!

In the bonus, Maria stayed overtime to talk about being 53 years old, which is also how old I am. We also talk about Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, “sexual anorexia,” regular anorexia, eating rice cakes, and choosing not to have kids.

Her new book, Sure I’ll Join Your Cult: A Memoir Of Mental Illness And The Quest To Belong Anywhere is a rollicking homage to the power of groups. From 12-step meetings to game nights to, well . . . dog parks, Maria loves gatherings of people. But she’s also spent a lifetime struggling with mental health issues that make her anxious around people.

In this conversation, we talk about financial survival in the creative economy (she made her first appearance on The Tonight Show while working as a receptionist at NBC), Maria’s love for Debtor’s Anonymous and her fascination with money in general, what it’s like to use dating apps when you’re a celebrity, and much much much more.

Comedian Maria Bamford stops by The Unspeakable to talk about mental health, art, cancellation and her new book, "Sure, I'll Join Your Cult."
Comedian Maria Bamford eating cake, kicking ass, and ready to join your cult.

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Awarded Best Club Comic at the American Comedy Awards and Breakout Comedy Star at the Montreal Comedy Festival, Maria Bamford’s critically acclaimed work includes her web series “The Maria Bamford Show,” “Ask My Mom,” and her Netflix series “Lady Dynamite.” Maria’s writing has been featured in The New York Times, LA Weekly and The Onion.

Maria has contributed comedic voiceovers for such animations as Netflix’s “Big Mouth” and “BoJack Horseman,” Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time,” PBS’s Emmy-winning series “Word Girl,” Nickelodeon’s “Kung Fu Panda” and “Legend of Korra,” and the international hit “Talking Tom and Friends.”

Her new book Sure, I’ll Join Your Cult, comes out on September 5.

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You can also listen to the interview here on YouTube.

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