Moontower, Day 2: Maria Bamford

This comic's comic put Austin in a Moontower state of mind

Moontower, Day 2: Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford’s hour-long standup set at Stateside kicked off the evening’s slate. Known for an off-kilter ethos and a cultivated borderline personality disorder, the 42-year-old comedienne – who has a recurring role on the upcoming season of Arrested Development – turned in another deft performance with a blend of material new and old.

No comedian (male or female) is quite like Bamford, who’s weird, but with coherence, and adorable but not soft. A favorite of her peers, she’s able to stand out not for opinions given and jokes made on the easier targets of sexuality, celebrity, or social issues, but because of an enormity and uniqueness of personality.

Though only a 300-plus capacity venue, Stateside had trouble drawing the night before – a Wednesday and a rather sleepy evening by festival standards – which was a disservice to stand-up veterans Todd Barry and Marc Maron. But based on Bamford’s hearty turnout and the overall buzz on the Downtown streets Thursday night at the neighboring Paramount Theatre and the Parish on Sixth Street, Austin is officially in a Moontower state of mind.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Maria Bamford
Moontower Comedy Comes Back in a Big Way!
Moontower Comedy Comes Back in a Big Way!
Festival celebrates its tenth year with 100 comics – live!

Robert Faires, June 10, 2021

Moontower Comedy 2020: Wave 3
Moontower Comedy 2020: Wave 3
Marlon Wayans, Chris Fleming, and more inked as headliners

Robert Faires, Feb. 7, 2020

More Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival
Moontower Comedy Festival Rescheduled
Moontower Comedy Festival Rescheduled
New dates for the annual event, setting up two jokes in 2021

Robert Faires, Aug. 4, 2020

Moontower Comedy 2020: The Second Wave
Moontower Comedy 2020: The Second Wave
Thirty-two more comics plus new podcasts added to the lineup

Robert Faires, Jan. 17, 2020

More by Russ Espinoza
Moontower Review: John Mulaney
Moontower Review: John Mulaney
An ideal headliner to bring the 2015 comedy festival home

April 27, 2015

Moontower Review: Pete Holmes & TJ Miller
Moontower Review: Pete Holmes & TJ Miller
A one-two comedy punch from jokers as different as day and night

April 25, 2015

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

Maria Bamford, Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival, Todd Barry, Marc Maron

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle