Netflix’s ‘Lady Dynamite’ Showcases Manic, Brilliant Bamford

Netflix's Lady Dynamite

Netflix’s Lady Dynamite may be your next obsession… Or a complete train wreck.

If you endured Netflix’s fourth season to Arrested Development, then you’re familiar with comic Maria Bamford. Her take on DeBrie Bardeaux, a methadone addict mistaken by David Cross’s Tobias Funke as a method actress, is the kind of equally bonkers and inspired comic acting you don’t often see in mainstream comedy. The streaming giant has seen fit to grant Bamford her own fully deserved series. Judging from Netflix’s Lady Dynamite trailer, we can anticipate a wild tour-de-force.

Created by Arrested Development‘s Mitch Hurwitz, Netflix’s Lady Dynamite is billed as an eccentric, absurdist take on Bamford’s personal life in the guise of a mockumentary. No doubt there’s truth mixed in with the lunacy, but Bamford appears to anchor it all with her skewed outlook on life. Is this the kind of performance that could give Bamford some long-overdue awards attention? Maybe even an Emmy nomination for Comedy Actress, taking Lisa Kudrow’s The Comeback spot? It’s a different style of comedy, of course, but there are slots available for sure.

Netflix’s Lady Dynamite stars Bamford and Fred Melamed as her manager, Bruce Ben-Bacharach. The series will feature a rotating coterie of guest stars including Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro, Adam Pally, Patton Oswalt, Ana Gasteyer, Jenny Slate, Mira Sorvino, Brandon Routh, Dean Cain, and Jon Cryer.

Netflix’s Lady Dynamite debuts May 20.

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