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Maria Elizabeth Sheldon Bamford is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and voice actress.

She is best known for her portrayal of her dysfunctional family and self-deprecating comedy involving jokes about depression and anxiety.

She voiced Kelsey Jannings in BoJack Horseman.

Personal Life

Bamford was born on September 3, 1970, at the Port Hueneme Naval Base in Port Hueneme, California. At the time, her father, Joel Bamford, was serving as a Navy doctor. She grew up in Duluth, Minnesota, where she attended Chester Park Elementary and Duluth Marshall School. Bamford has stated that when she was younger she was often troubled with her anxiety, depression, and bouts of what she has called "Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome," a subset of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Upon graduating high school, she attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, but in 1992, Bamford transferred to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland at the start of her junior year. While at the university she became the first female member of the college's improvised comedy group, The Improverts.

After a year in Scotland, she transferred back to her home state and enrolled at the University of Minnesota, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing. She started doing stand-up in Minneapolis, Minnesota at age nineteen, at Stevie Ray's Comedy Cabaret.

BoJack Horseman

Bamford voiced Kelsey Jannings in Netflix's BoJack Horseman.

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