stand-up comedian (and personal favorite of mine) Maria Bamford has released a show on Netflix and its fucking amazing. Its hilarious in all the good ways and also is stunningly true to mental illness.
Its called LADY DYNAMITE and its on Netlflix.
There are so many parts in this show where Im watching and going…. “holy fuck she’s nailed it right on the head!”.
Now I hate spoilers so Im not going to give anything away. Ill just give a real brief, broad, and vague overview of the show. It takes place in three time periods. The “Past” where Maria Bamford rose to success as a stand up, got her big gig as the crazy Target lady, and appeared on TV shows. The show also focuses on “Duluth”. Her hometown that she returns to during her stay in an institution and her recovery back home. And then it also deals with the “Present” which is about her life currently (and is also the most fictionalized portion).
Now what really makes this show so insanely special to me is that I don’t watch it going “oh the downfall of another person with mental problems….how sad”. I watch it with absolute joy. I resonate, relate, enjoy, and empathize with Maria Bamford. And its so much sweeter because she is such a great person. Its about her living with mental illness, not failing with mental illness.
There are points where I go “Dude, thats totally happened to me”. and “Fuck ya Ive been there” and “Yep…thats exactly how people treat me”. But never ever and I’m crying over it like some sappy drama. Instead I’m laughing. I just want to walk into my TV and give her a big pat on the back and laugh about it!
Now again I can’t keep talking about the show because I don’t want to give away any specific plot points or anything because I hate spoiling it for people! What I will say is to YouTube search her as well. She has done some really amazing and hilarious interviews about mental illness that I think are great and will probably give you a good laugh!
~ The dark Horse