(Audio) Maria Bamford's Mother Plays Joy Whac-A-Mole
Maria’s mother plays a game she calls Joy Whac-a-Mole:
What happens is that somebody brings up something that they’re really happy about, and then the other person tries to…SLAM IT DOWN!
My mom is truly the king of this game.
Maria: Mom, Amy had her baby.
Mom: That is great news, honey. I mean it’s not the greatest news for the 600,000 kids in foster care in this country, but she wants a fresh one. Everybody wants one that looks like them. It’s so selfish.
Maria: I’m doing a show tonight.
Mom: Oh, Sweetie, I’ve got a joke for you. A friend of mine is just a hoot. She said you could use it. Coincidentally, she was in foster care. She had been airlifted out of the Sudan in the late 90s because she had been be-armed and be-legged by the Janjaweed, the horseback militia… anywho…she’d love to do stand up, she’s hilarious, but she can’t. It’s really a hospice situation. Just a matter of time. But the priest comes in, and he asks her, “Would you like us to light a candle for you in the chapel?” Well, she says, sassy as you please, teletyping through her eyelids, “Well, how many candles you got?” Because so many horrible things have happened to her…and KEEP happening. Sweetie, have a good show tonight. What you do is so important.
From Maria Bamford's album Ask Me About My New God, 2013; Photo by Danny Liao
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