I've been frothing at the mouth for some time in anticipation of comedian Maria Bamford's new Netflix sitcom, Lady Dynamite—and hip hip hooray, it's finally here and streaming starting today! From the Netflix description:
Comedian Maria Bamford stars in a series inspired by her own life. It's the sometimes surreal story of a woman who loses — and then finds — her s**t.
Here's a few early reviews! From Rolling Stone:
Lady Dynamite, which toggles between our heroine trying to land acting gigs in Hollywood and her time in a mental hospital in her real-life hometown of Duluth, Minnesota, could not be a better introduction to her ability to slide between sunny absurdity and depressive reality in a blink.
From the L.A. Times:
Created by Mitchell Hurwitz and Pam Brady, it is cheerful, dark, surreal, profane, aspirational, meta-fictional and packed with people playing versions of themselves or other people entirely (or playing versions of themselves playing other people entirely); it plays with visual and verbal puns, with moods and acting styles and moves around in time and dimension. And while these are elements of many modern comedies – it owes something to "It's Garry Shandling's Show," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "30 Rock," "The Sarah Silverman Program," Hurwitz's "Arrested Development" and the cracked spirit of Adult Swim – I have never seen them assembled in quite this way, or with quite so much gusto.
When Lady Dynamite hits on the right absurd note, it is spectacularly funny and feels original and vibrant. And the Duluth scenes provide a necessary grounding to it all, reminding us of the real person underneath the bizarre jokes about dating a bisexual meth addict or Mira Sorvino stealing candy from the studio's craft services table.
From the Hollywood Reporter:
Committing thoroughly is what Lady Dynamite does best, because there are moments here that stray as close to a Charlie Kaufman-style fragmented depiction of a troubled psyche as anything I've seen on TV. I think a Louie or a Curb tries to filter Louis C.K. or Larry David's sensibility, but Lady Dynamite feels like it's delivering Bamford's wounded psyche in whole chunks, sometimes eager to please, sometimes awkwardly confrontational and generally compassionate.
And from the New York Times:
“Lady Dynamite” has its own bizarre-sincere voice and its own dream logic. It’s something else, in a good way: a journey to the center of Ms. Bamford’s mind that dives through fantasy after loopy fantasy and emerges with something real.
Things are looking good! Here's the trailer!