Holmes V Bamford
Maria Bamford was born on September 3, 1970 in Port Hueneme, California. She began her start in stand up at the age of 19 in Minnesota, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing, from the University of Minnesota. During this time she joined the college’s improvised comedy troupe, “The Improverts”, becoming the first female apart of the group. Since her start, she has gone on to rack up countless Television and Movie credits as an actor, writer, producer, with her most recent Netflix Original “Maria Bamford: Old Baby”, releasing just last year.
Pete Holmes was born on March 30, 1979 in Lexington, Massachusetts. Holmes also participated in an improvisational comedy group in college, which was called the “The Sweet Toothed Madmen”. Although starting standup a few years later than Bamford, at the age of 22, he has since gone on to have multiple appearances on Comedy Central and Late Night television, as well as writing for multiple shows. Most recently, he created, wrote, and starred in the show, “Crashing”, on HBO.
This week on Kaizen Komedy, we discuss two of the most likeable and popular comics out there. Both known for their use of voices and facial expressions to illustrate their everyday. While Bamford uses re-occurring characters combined with absurdity to create a surreal standup experience, Holmes uses pacing and reiteration to depict his experiences, describing his personality in the process.
Some of the bits we analyzed: Recording Booth (Pete Holmes: Faces and Sounds 2017), Flute Cabbie (Pete Holmes: Faces and Sounds 2017), Gay for Gosling (Pete Holmes: Nice Try, The Devil 2013); Maria Bamford (Just for Laughs 2013), Joy Whack-A-Mole (Maria Bamford: Ask Me About My New God! -2013), Celebrity Homes (Maria Bamford: The Burning Bridges Tour - 2013)