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Maria Bamford Finds the Funny in a Mental Breakdown with ‘Lady Dynamite’

Comedian Maria Bamford mines her own mental breakdown for comedic gold in her new Netflix series Lady Dynamite. The show is set mostly after the breakdown, but flashbacks to before and during it.

“Part of the pitch was that it would jump around three different time areas,” Bamford explains to Vulture. “I like the idea of, you come in and you’re like, ‘There’s no way that person was ever like that.’ You can’t see them in that moment of depression or doubting themselves or violence or being kooky. You are reminded of that journey throughout the entire series.”