Maria Elizabeth Sheldon Bamford is an American stand-up comedian and voice actor who provided the voices for Pema, the Air Acolyte woman, Buttercup Raiko, and other additional characters in The Legend of Korra.
- 1 The Legend of Korra credits
- 2 Selected other credits
- 3 Biographical information
The Legend of Korra credits
- Character information: Pema
- 102. "A Leaf in the Wind"
Air Acolyte woman
- Character information: Air Acolyte woman
- 110. "Turning the Tides"
Police woman #2
- 110. "Turning the Tides"
- Character information: Buttercup Raiko
- 211. "Night of a Thousand Stars"
- 301. "A Breath of Fresh Air"
- Character information: Ryu's mother
- 307. "Original Airbenders"
- 404. "The Calling"
- 411. "Kuvira's Gambit"
Selected other credits
- Lucifer's Crewcut (2011)
- Held Up (2010; video)
- Barnyard (2006)
- Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure (2003; video)
- Stuart Little 2 (2002)
- Denial (1998)
- Talking Tom and Friends (2014–present)
Bamford was born in Port Hueneme, California, at the Naval Base. Her parents are Joel, a dermatologist, and Marilyn, a therapist from Duluth, Minnesota. She attended Chester Park Elementary and Marshall High School in Duluth, Minnesota, and went on to attend Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She started stand-up in Minneapolis at the age of nineteen at Stevie Ray's Comedy Cabaret and ten years later made her first appearance on The Tonight Show.
Bamford has been in a number of movies and television shows, including voice appearances in cartoons. The best-known aspect of her act is her various impersonations, including those of her mother and agent. Her comedy often takes the form of vignettes rather than the standard setup/punchline format.
Bamford was featured in the documentary series The Comedians of Comedy on Comedy Central and Showtime and appeared in short skits, titled "The Maria Bamford Show", which were broadcast on the now defunct website Super Deluxe. She also appears on the comedy compilation CD Comedy Death-Ray.
Her last album, produced by Comedy Central Records and called Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome, was released in April 2009 and includes a DVD containing "The Maria Bamford Show" episodes.
During the Christmas 2009-2010 shopping seasons, Bamford was featured in a series of Target commercials, portraying an overachieving shopper determined to be first in line for the "Target Two-day Sale".
For Christmas 2009, she released a free stand-up special online as a gift to her fans.
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