Review: Maria Bamford, “Weakness is the Brand” on Comedy Dynamics

Maria Bamford’s new special for 2020 came out everywhere for rental or purchase.

As I wrote back in January:

Over the end credits, Bamford interviews her parents about their “caring and sharing” routine — apparently she had more interviews with other subjects of her jokes, but scrapped that as a running motif.

A more curious question: Why isn’t this special on Netflix?

The cynic in me might guess Bamford’s jokes about Trump might have scared off the streaming giant. Even if they’re not any more dangerous than being led “into a bramble.” The optimist in me thinks it’s about the money. After all, her 2012 special, though now on Netflix, first surfaced as a pay-per-view option on a now-defunct service/platform called Chill. Perhaps Bamford has learned to negotiate even better deals for herself, after all.

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Sean L. McCarthy

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