Described as “the most unique, bizarre, imaginative comedian out there,” by Judd Apatow, Maria Bamford draws much of her inspiration from her Minnesotan family, as well as her own struggle with anxiety, OCD, and depression. She is the creator and star of Maria Bamford: The Special Special Special!, star of the cult hit web series The Maria Bamford Show, and the first female comic with two half-hour specials by Comedy Central. She starred alongside Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis, and Brian Posehn in the Comedy Central series The Comedians of Comedy and the Netflix documentary Comedians of Comedy: The Movie. Her Netflix television series, Lady Dynamite, is slated for release later this spring.
Jesse Thorn is the creator and host of NPR’s Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, an arts and culture interview show, which can be heard Sundays at 4 on 91.7FM KALW. Jesse also owns and operates the podcasting network MaximumFun.org, which is home to popular podcasts like Judge John Hodgman and many more.