An Incongruous Blend of Tragedy and Comedy: How Maria Bamford Lightens the Dark Side of Mental Illness

@inproceedings{Mears2020AnIB,
  title={An Incongruous Blend of Tragedy and Comedy: How Maria Bamford Lightens the Dark Side of Mental Illness},
  author={Kathryn Mears and Eric Shouse and Patrice A. Oppliger},
  year={2020}
}
Maria Bamford is a successful American comedian who was a staple in the alternative comedy scene in the 1990s and early 2000s. This chapter explains how her comic persona evolved over the past six years or so, enabling her to become a national spokesperson for the mentally ill. We argue Bamford’s success in doing so poses a challenge to the ever-popular expression “comedy is tragedy plus time” and the idea that humor is always the result of “benign violations.” Bamford’s stand-up poses similar… 
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