‘Lady Dynamite’ is a Netflix original comedy TV series. Created by Pam Brady and Mitch Hurwitz, it is loosely based on the real-life experiences of Maria Bamford, the lead of the show who plays a fictionalised version of herself. Each of its episodes have a run time of 26-35 minutes. It is executive produced by Bamford, Hurwitz, Brady, Kristen Zolner, Andy Weil and Jane Wiseman. Wounded Poodle and The Hurwitz Company are the producers of the series.
Bamford, who is best known for her stand-up comedy acts, first developed the idea with Hurwitz, back in 2013. However, it took a lot of time for the show to find a solid standing and be turned into a series. The idea was to create a story that would deal with a person’s mental breakdown and the recovery process. The story borrows heavily from Bamford’s experiences and she was involved with the writing process, but never actively wrote any particular episode. Kyle McCulloch and Jen Statsky have been credited with writing, while Max Winkler, Andrew Fleming, Robert Cohen, Jessica Yu and Ryan McFaul have directed various episodes of the series.
Lady Dynamite Cast: Who is in it?
The star of the show is Maria Bamford. She plays a fictionalised version of herself, a woman who suffers from bipolar disorder but manages to bring her life back to normal and starts to pursue her career. She started her career as a stand-up comedian and has always addressed issues like depression and anxiety in her acts. In films and TV shows, she is known for the roles in ‘Arrested Development‘, ‘Downward Dog‘, ‘Portlandia‘, ‘Fresh Off the Boat‘, ‘BoJack Horseman‘, ‘Lucky Numbers’ and ‘Stuart Little 2’.
Fred Melamed plays the character of Bruce Ben-Bacharach, Maria’s agent who helps her to recover and get back to Los Angeles. He has been a constant presence in the movies of Woody Allen, so far in seven of them. Some of his best known roles have been in films and TV shows like ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘, ‘Casual’, ‘Benched’, ‘One Life to Live’, ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’, ‘Bone Tomahawk’ and ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me‘. Mary Kay portrays the role of Marilyn Bamford, Maria’s mother. She is an Emmy winning actress, and has appeared in films and TV shows like ‘Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman’, ‘The Rainmaker’, ‘Private Benjamin’, ‘Being John Malkovich’, ‘The West Wing’ and ’12 Miles of Bad Road’. Olafur Darri Olafsson appears in the role of Scott, Maria’s boyfriend. His other acting credits include ‘NOS4A2‘, ‘The Widow‘, ‘Murder Mystery‘, ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’, ‘The Missing’ and ‘The Last Witch Hunter’.