Maria started her performing arts career in Duluth, Minnesota at the age of 11 where she starred in the Chester Park Elementary production of How the West Was REALLY Won! A short number of decades later and look at her now! Rolling Stone just named her one of their 50 Funniest People!
Maria recently recurred as Debris Bardeaux on Netflix’s Arrested Development reboot, for which she was praised as “fantastic” (Entertainment Weekly) a “standout” (TIME) and “perhaps one of the high points of the entire new season” (Black Book Magazine). She also recurred on fX’s critically-praised Louie and Comedy Central’s Kroll Show.
Maria is the creator and star of the Chill.com direct-to-fans event Maria Bamford: the special special special, which Vulture.com named one of the Top 10 Stand-Up Specials of 2012, and of the cult hit web series The Maria Bamford Show, which screened at the Museum of Art and Design and was described as a “cold blast of brilliance” by The New Yorker.
Maria is the first female comic to have two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials and starred alongside Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis and Brian Posehn in the Comedy Central series The Comedians of Comedy and Netflix’s Comedians of Comedy: The Movie. She has made numerous late-night appearances, most recently on Conan and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Maria currently contributes comedic voiceovers for such animations as Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, PBS’s Emmy-winning series Word Girl, Nickelodeon’s Kung Fu Panda and Legend of Korra, and Fox’s upcoming Golan the Insatiable. She was also a regular voice on Nickelodeon’s CatDog and Back at the Barnyard (in which she reprised the role of Mrs. Beady from the Nick feature Barnyard).
Maria’s writing has been featured in The Onion, GQ and LA Weekly. She can be seen as both herself and her mother in the My Damn Channel web series Ask My Mom. Her latest CD, Ask Me About My New God!, is available on Comedy Central Records.
In terms of showbiz, Maria has made it and is swimming in a gravy boat, filled with scrumptious gravy. She lives with two overweight dogs and a boyfriend in Eagle Rock, California. Go, Las Tiendas de Llantas!
Mixing an incisive wit with scathing sarcasm, Greg Fitzsimmons has achieved success as a stand-up, Emmy Award winning writer and host on both radio and TV. A regular with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jay Leno, Greg has made more than 50 visits to “The Howard Stern Show”. He also hosts “The Greg Fitzsimmons Show,” on Sirius XM’s "Howard 101” and twice a week puts out the hugely popular “FitzDog Radio” Podcast.
Greg hosts a series on The Speed Channel called “Pumped” and is a frequent panelist on “Chelsea Lately”. His 2011 book, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons, climbed the best-seller charts and garnered outstanding reviews from NPR and Vanity Fair. Greg is taping a new One-Hour standup special this summer.
Greg spent five years as a panelist on VH1’s “Best Week Ever”. He has two Half-Hour Specials on Comedy Central, and in 2008 Greg made his entire family proud hosting the 25th Annual "AVN Adult Movie Awards" on Showtime.
Writing credits include HBO’s “Lucky Louie”, "Cedric the Entertainer Presents," "Politically Incorrect w/ Bill Maher", "The Man Show” and many others. On his mantle beside the four Daytime Emmys he won as a writer and producer on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" sit “The Jury Award for Best Comedian” from The HBO Comedy Arts Festival and a Cable Ace Award for the MTV game show he hosted called "Idiot Savants”.
Lee Keeler, a native of Sioux City, is a comedy writer and producer living in Los Angeles. He has written for ScreenJunkies.com, The Devastator, Crave Comedy Online and more. Keeler produces and hosts The Hour of Power Hour, a comedy/variety event in residence at the Improv Hollywood. The show has consistently boasted some of the freshest voices in comedy today, including TJ Miller, Judd Apatow, Kyle Kinane, David Spade, Kevin Pollak, Paul Scheer, Maria Bamford and many more. He has also produced shows at iO West and the Comedy Central Stage and is the founder/producer of the Green Gravel Comedy Fest in Iowa.
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Featuring Maria Bamford (The Special Special Special!), Paul Scheer (The League), Greg Fitzsimmons (FitzDog Radio) and Dave Anthony (Walking the Room), Proudly co-sponsored by FilmDrunk.com, our show will feature head FilmDrunk founder/editor Vince Mancini, frequent contributor Joe Sinclitico and video partner 5 Second Films! Live music and audience prizes!
The Hour of Power Hour is your monthly face-melting of stand-up/sketches featuring the freshest and finest voices in comedy today! Previous Power Hour guests include Kyle Kinane, Maria Bamford, TJ Miller, James Urbaniak, Neal Brennan, Myq Kaplan, Ali Wong, Dominic Dierkes, Sean Patton, Eddie Pepitone, Keith Knight, Brendon Walsh, DC Pierson, Brent Weinbach, Rick Overton, Moshe Kasher, Allan Havey and many more! Produced and hosted by Lee Keeler (ScreenJunkies.com), The Hour of Power Hour has been cramming funnies into the Improv Hollywood since it began in the Lab in Fall of 2012! Discount admission codes and drink specials available, check www.hollywoodimprov.com for more details! Presented by The Devastator Quarterly, the finest in comedy magazines!