We're sure we aren't the first wordplayers to realize that comedian Maria Bamford's last name is made up of the complimentary acronym BAMF, which stands for, ahem, badass motherfucker. And we can't be the only ones who've found the lettering coincidence fitting.

Bamford is a BAMF for plenty of reasons, but mainly because her comedic mix of tragic stories, dissatisfaction, and inimitable delivery make us laugh our asses off. Bamford impersonates her mother and father (and all their dysfunction), riffs on her dealings with depression and anxiety, and does it all with a delicate voice that makes the material all the more hilarious.

Catch her one-night-only set at 7 p.m. Sunday, December 15, at Tempe Improv, 930 East University Drive. Get tickets, $22, to the 18-and-over show via or by calling 480-921-9877.

Sun., Dec. 15, 7 p.m., 2013
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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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