Maria Elizabeth Sheldon Bamford is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and voice actress. She voices Make-up Blast in Star vs. the Forces of Evil.
Bamford was born at the Port Hueneme Naval Base in Port Hueneme, California. At the time her father Joel was serving as a Navy doctor. She grew up in Duluth, Minnesota, where she attended Chester Park Elementary and The Marshall School.
Upon graduating, she attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. In 1992, Bamford transferred to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland at the start of her junior year. While at the university, she became the first female member of the college's improvised comedy group, The Improverts. After a year in Scotland, she transferred back to her home state and enrolled at the University of Minnesota, where she earned Bachelor of Arts in creative writing. She started doing stand-up in Minneapolis, Minnesota at age 19 at Stevie Ray's Comedy Cabaret.
Bamford is best known for her portrayal of her dysfunctional family and self-deprecating comedy involving jokes about depression and anxiety.
She released her first comedy album prompting her first comedy tour in 2003, The Burning Bridges Tour, followed by her second album, How to WIN!, and her third in 2009, Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome. She starred in her first feature film, Lucky Numbers in 2000 before lending her voice to characters on CatDog, American Dad!, Ugly Americans, Adventure Time, and BoJack Horseman.
Bamford's film work includes Stuart Little 2, Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure, Barnyard, Heckler, and her most recent film, Hell & Back. She transitioned into television early on in her career by starring in Louie, Arrested Development, and WordGirl. In 2014, she won the American Comedy Award for Best Club Comic.
Bamford's life story is the subject of the 2016 Netflix original series Lady Dynamite, in which she plays the lead role.
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