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Plan B (2010)

Maria Bamford , David Moe  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Maria Bamford
  • Directors: David Moe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Stand Up! Records
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00330JPVY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,938 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Plan B is an excellent show... --theseriouscomedysite(dot)com, March 8, 2010

Product Description

For most people, Plan B is nothing more than a fall-back, a pale imitation of the grand plan that might have been. Maria Bamford, as even casual fans will admit, is not ''most people.'' There's no telling what her Plan A might have entailed (perhaps a one-woman rendition of ''Grey Gardens?''), but Bamford's Plan B turns out to be a virtuoso, one-woman performance of a self-imposed stint in Northwoods exile. Filmed live at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, the extra-packed DVD now out from Stand Up! Records has an intimate and theatrical flavor that may feel unexpected to some of Bamford's followers, but skillfully weaves together the most well-wrought portions of her repertoire. More focused than her usual stand-up routine, in Plan B Bamford takes on the story of her own Hollywood life, viewed from the much safer - and possibly much weirder - climes of Duluth, MN. Playing all of the characters, from her parents to her high school nemesis-cum-Target checkout girl, Bamford lovingly skewers her origins, reminding us that, while there may be no place like home, there's really no place like home.

Among the most charming aspects of the whole disc, the many fantastic extras reveal a commentary track voiced by Bamford and her proud parents, Joel and Marilyn. The familial trio falls in easily together, watching Plan B, bantering, reminiscing, and occasionally setting the record straight when it comes to the way things were and the way things were... to Maria.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The relatively free-form one-woman show Bamford offers here, apparently recorded (as the disc and its package won't tell you anywhere) sometime around 2005 or 2006, takes bits from her standup routines and also looks as if it served as the first shaping of what had been various jokes and stories for what would be elaborated in THE MARIA BAMFORD SHOW, the web series which is included in its entirety in the UNWANTED THOUGHTS SYNDROME cd/dvd package, which is also highly recommended. However, what distinguishes this disc from her other solo appearances is the inclusion of videotape seqments of Bamford wandering around her old hometown of Duluth, reminiscing and making a few acerbic observations about the current state of things in the city...as well as interview segments in the company of her parents and her older pug dog, Blossom. (Sadly, Maria's sister Sarah doesn't participate in these, nor in the often very funny commentaries apparently recorded by the three Bamfords in 2008 or 2009...again, a rough estimate driven by some passing references, since the DVD package exists in a timeless realm.) Also included, sans commentary, is a portion of a staging of the same show (or at least a standup performance which covers some of the same material) from Melbourne, Australia (and one might detect a slight Oz accent in the audience laughter). Maria Bamford and her folks "demythologize" much of the comedic exaggeration of her autobiographical material, but that doesn't hurt a bit, and it's quite charming to see and hear their interaction even when one or another Bamford is getting (slightly) on the nerves of another; their banter is very natural-sounding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's like a one-woman funny play May 1, 2010
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I love her casual approach to developing characters. I started to get drawn into her mother and her agent; they felt like real people after a while. This is a great theater piece. I'm sure there are some who get confused with her show abut a show narrative, but it's cleaver and I loved this work.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED this disc March 20, 2010
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Finally, a DVD of nothing but the Bammer! Comedians of Comedy was great, but I've always wanted more than just a few minutes of Maria on screen. Here we get more than conventional stand-up comedy, it's a brilliant long-form one woman show. Some of the material is from her previous albums, but that doesn't bother me, it's like a greatest hits disc. There is quite a bit of hysterical new material about her recent stay in Duluth with her family, so if you want new stuff there is plenty here for you. The only bad thing about this DVD is that I wasn't at the show to see it live. Thanks for making me laugh Maria!
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing mb July 17, 2013
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Everything she does shimmers. This one, too. Though this one is more like a performance art piece, and a little less like straight stand-up. If you love MB, this is part of the canon and you'll find reasons to appreciate it immensely--though it's less funny than her traditional stand up.
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