About the Show

On this week's show, comedian Maria Bamford is a pro-wrestler who becomes a substitute English teacher, and a girl scout who may have eaten all the girl scout cookies before delivering them. Plus, singer/songwriter Thao Nguyen rocks songs from her latest album.

Episode Rundown

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Park Ranger feat. Maria Bamford and Thao Nguyen

Park Ranger Jesse (played by comedian Maria Bamford [@mariabamfoo]) knows pretty much everything there is to know about flora and fauna. Except maybe the basics. Like, you know, what has four legs and barks.

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The Gift Card Song with Thao Nguyen and Maria Bamford

Rocker Thao Nguyen (@thaogetstaydown) of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down is joined by comedian Maria Bamford (@mariabamfoo) in ‘The Gift Card Song,’ where the two explain that it’s the thought that counts when you gift in exact amounts.

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Wits Game Show: The Mom vs The Rocker

It’s an age-old conflict – rock and rollers and the mothers who raised them. On the Wits Game Show this week – ‘The Mom vs The Rocker’ – where musician Thao Nguyen (@thaogetstaydown) defends hypothetical rocker actions while comedian Maria Bamford (@mariabamfoo) channels her mom and lays down the discipline.


The Guests

Maria Bamford


Maria is the creator and star of Maria Bamford: the special special special, which Vulture.com named one of the Top 10 Stand-Up Specials of 2012, and of the cult hit web series The Maria Bamford Show, which screened at the Museum of Art and Design and was described as a “cold blast of brilliance” by The New Yorker.  Maria recurred on the Netflix reboot of Arrested Development, for which she was praised as “fantastic” (Entertainment Weekly) a “standout” (TIME) and “perhaps one of the high points of the entire new season” (Black Book Magazine).  She also recurred on FX’s critically-praised Louie and stars on the upcoming USA sitcom Benched.  Maria currently contributes comedic voiceovers for such animations as Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, PBS’s Emmy-winning series Word Girl, Nickelodeon’s Kung Fu Panda and Legend of Korra, and Netflix’s upcoming Puss in Boots.  Her latest CD, Ask Me About My New God! was named one of top five CD’s of 2013 by Entertainment Weekly.  Maria recently won the American Comedy Award for Best Club Comic.

Thao Nguyen


Growing up in Falls Church, VA, Thao Nguyen first picked up a guitar at the age of 12. She spent most of her 20s touring, supporting one critically acclaimed album after another, while working with Andrew Bird, Mirah, and Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, amongst others. She’s also spent time advocating for those incarcerated in the SF county jail and CA state prison system.