Maria Bamford Reinvents the Standup Special with the Excellent ‘Old Baby’

When Maria Bamford’s Lady Dynamite premiered last year, the series stood out for its loopy, fragmented structure: Bamford plays a version of herself, a comedian struggling with her career and her history of mental illness, and the series jumps back and forth throughout different periods in her life. It’s a show about a nervous breakdown, and it kind of feels like one, too.

Bamford’s excellent new standup special, Old Baby, streaming on Netflix as of yesterday, is similarly spastic....

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