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The 20 Greatest Standup Specials of All Time

Modern standup has been around in one form or another since vaudeville, but it’s only been since the late ‘70s that the standup special has gained traction as the crowning achievement of a successful comic. Fortunately, the beginnings of the standup special were as fertile as rock ‘n’ roll’s birth 25 years prior, with many of the all-time greats setting templates right from the start.

The material always comes first, of course, but as a video document of a honed act it’s also important to appreciate the visual elements — the framing, editing, and backdrop — and how they enhance or detract from the pacing and quality of the jokes.

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Maria Bamford and Melinda Hill's Debtors Anonymous Group Explores Powerlessness

In the second episode of their new Funny or Die web series The Program, Maria Bamford and Melinda Hill help lead their Debtors Anonymous group through acknowledging their own powerlessness as well as weekly donations, triggers, DA's rule against crosstalk, and how different they are from those rowdy AA types down the hall.

Here's How Maria Bamford Writes a Joke

"In Houston, Texas, when it is 90 degrees in April, take a paper and pen from your Holiday Inn hotel room and begin walking along the freeway and through an industrial park. Talk to yourself, out loud, about anything that generates emotion—a fight with your sister, your cat’s belly, deviled eggs. Write down—on your now sweaty pad of paper—whatever words come to mind. Reach your destination, an abandoned mall with a dollar store, and buy a giant pink hat. Walk back to the hotel with the hat on and rehearse what you have just written. This should take about two hours, if you stop for a water and a Diet [...]

Watch Judd Apatow and Maria Bamford Remember the '90s

As part of a series on the '90s for Vanity Fair, here's a video of Judd Apatow and Maria Bamford reminiscing about the biggest moments of Buzzfeed's favorite decade, from O.J. Simpson to Tonya Harding.

Humble Bundle Gets Into Comedy with Downloads from Louis C.K., Patrice O'Neal and More

Humble Bundle, the online company that "bundles" collections of video games, eBooks, and music for a pay-what-you-want download, has launched its first comedy bundle this afternoon with downloads from Louis C.K., Maria Bamford, Jim Norton, Tig Notaro, Hannibal Buress, and the late Patrice O'Neal. The curated selection of albums and specials went on sale at 2pm ET today, and will be available for two weeks. Buyers choose how much they pay for the collection, and how that money will be split between the artists, Humble Bundle, and certain charities. Buyers who pay more than the average price at the time of their visit will "unlock" C.K.'s Live at [...]

Maria Bamford Candidly Explains Her Mental Health Struggles on 'Modern Comedian'

Scott Moran released a new episode of his documentary series Modern Comedian today focusing on standup Maria Bamford, who opens up at length about her struggles with bipolar disorder and the time she had to check herself into a psychiatric ward. It's a powerful, fantastic episode that's well worth the watch, from Bamford's walkthrough of her favorite website CrazyMeds.us to several mentions of her love for Diet Coke. (via The Comedy Bureau)

Maria Bamford on How She Develops Her Act

When she’s not touring, playing open mics and festivals, making web series, or recording an album, Maria Bamford finds things to keep her busy—in the past couple years, she’s appeared on Louie, Kroll Show, and Arrested Development, and she does voiceover acting for cartoons like Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors. Beyond her busy schedule, though, what’s impressive about Bamford is how in her standup she addresses dark or personal matters like suicide and mental illness stigma while never sacrificing her effervescent stage presence. Her 2012 direct-to-download the special special special!, which had her performing a set in her living room for her parents with breaks to serve cookies, [...]

Patton Oswalt Names His Dream Comedy-to-Drama Crossovers

"Something gritty. Something early-70s. Boston. Icy grime. Low-stakes larceny, with her psyche as collateral. I don’t think there’s anything Amy can’t do."

- Patton Oswalt in a new piece for New Republic, in which he nominates Maria Bamford, Kevin James, Martin Short, Amy Poehler (above), and Eric Idle as the comedy actors he'd most like to see make the jump to more dramatic roles.

This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Maria Bamford Bonds with 'Tom Leykis', Paul F. Tompkins Analyzes Bond, and More!

The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. Also, we'll keep you posted on the offerings from our very own podcast network. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.

Comedy Bang Bang - Maria Bamford, James Adomian

ROGER: James Adomian and his interpretation of [...]

Tenacious D, Chris Elliott, Maria Bamford, and Tons More Are Doing 'Everything Is Festival' Next Week

Everything Is Terrible is having their fourth annual "Everything Is Festival" starting next week, and they have one heck of a lineup for it. This year's highlights include Tenacious D closing out the event with a preview of their Festival Supreme, Chris Elliott screening rare and unseen clips from his entire career, Mike Judge showing found footage from his personal archives, Patton Oswalt hosting a screening of the comedy The Phynx,  Maria Bamford hosting a video show, Dan Harmon's HarmonQuest, Doug Benson's Movie Interruption, a screening of Comedy Bang Bang's upcoming musical episode with a Q&A, and tons more. The event is taking place at Los Angeles's Cinefamily [...]

Maria Bamford Tells 'NYT Magazine' That She's Enjoying Her Gravy Boat

"People want to know: 'So what are you working on? What's going on with you? What's the next page? What's coming up for you? What's on the horizon?' And I say: 'Oh. I'm done … Yeah, I finished early. I'm actually living in a gravy boat filled with delicious gravy.'"

- Maria Bamford in a fantastic new NYT Magazine profile, which covers the comedian's childhood, her struggles with mental illness, her standup style, The Special Special Special!, and much more.

Maria Bamford and Melinda Hill Star in New 12-Step Funny or Die Series 'The Program'

Here's part 1 of a new Funny or Die series created by and starring Maria Bamford and Melinda Hill called The Program, about a 12-step meeting for debtors in LA that includes Oscar Nunez, George Basil, and Jerry Minor as the clueless new guy who doesn't get that not wanting to work for money isn't laziness — it's a disease.

Maria Bamford Discusses Her Parents, Mental Illness Stigma, and LA with Kamau Bell

Maria Bamford was the guest on FXX's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell last night, and here's the full interview, in which Bamford and Bell discuss the comedy special she made with only her parents in the audience, mental illness stigma, and what living in LA is like.

Vine 5 Film Festival: Yeah!

Vine is a toy from Twitter that challenges users to make the most profound work ever committed to video in exactly six seconds. Or at the very least, challenges comedians to bring a little more laughter into this world. Every Tuesday we showcase five of the funniest short shorts of the past week.

Your RSS feed might be difficult and not show the videos, but trust us – they are there.

This past week on Vine there was some positivity; a tragic, contemporary death; a loud opinion; another example of poor elevator etiquette; and possibly the funniest Disney feature ever made.