Back on March 12th of this year (which admittedly feels like a lifetime ago these days), Maria Bamford traveled to The Ed Sullivan Theater in New York to tape an interview with Stephen Colbert. There was no audience present, and this was to be the only episode he would tape under these conditions from his studio. Later that day, CBS would announce that The Late Show would go on hiatus due to the oncoming pandemic.
Colbert still did the show as he normally would (albeit a bit more laid back with a drink in his hand). However, the interview Bamford did with Colbert was absent from that night’s airing, for whatever reason. Her name was still in the credits at the start of the show, and in the listings, confusingly.
But now, we finally have the interview they did together. And it sort of takes you back to that moment in time. As they sit in the seats where the audience would normally sit in the dimly lit studio, it feels a bit like a talk show version of Siskel and Ebert. But instead of arguing over movies, they touch on the uncertainty of it all, how people should date in the pandemic, and her new show What’s Your Ailment?, streaming on Topic.
It’s a real honest conversation that serves as sort of a time capsule and we’re happy to finally get to see it now.