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Comedian Maria Bamford on Controlling the Voices in Her Head

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Comedian Maria Bamford on Controlling the Voices in Her Head

You probably recognize stand-up comic Maria Bamford, even though you might not know it. That's because Bamford -- who has been on the verge of becoming a "household name" for the past decade -- is best known for her ability to manipulate her voice and facial features to embody multiple characters, ranging from her friends and dysfunctional family to more general types.

In addition to various supporting roles in movies and TV series, Bamford was featured in the documentary "The Comedians of Comedy" with Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifiniakis, and Brian Posehn; has taped two half-hour Comedy Central Specials; and has recorded three stand-up albums (the latest, "Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome," was released in 2009 and was named one of the "Best Comedy Albums of the Decade" by The A.V. Club).

She has also put her transformative abilities to use as a voiceover artist, providing voices for animated series such as "Ugly Americans," "Home Movies," "CatDog," "Hey Arnold!," and more; the Cartoon Network series "Adventure Time," in which Bamford plays multiple roles, is nominated for an Emmy award this year for "Outstanding Short-format Animated Program."

This week, while Bamford is part of the lineup at the annual Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, her web series "The Maria Bamford Show" is being paired with the documentary "Grey Gardens" for a screening at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC. Read our Q&A with Bamford.

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