Duluth-raised comedian Maria Bamford practiced new comedy on the Instagram Live show "Tip Your Waitstaff" with fellow performer Mike Birbiglia and asked that donations from viewers go to the NorShor Theatre.

The 30-minute episode, available via Birbiglia's live feed until 2 p.m. Wednesday, shows a split screen with the performers chatting and testing bits on home life and Harvard, with a cameo from Bamford's pug. "Who rescued who?" she said. "Am I right?"

In describing Duluth, where Birbiglia said he had never been, Bamford said: "Listen, Duluth. It's like a freshwater Monaco. It's a little San Francisco."

"Mike, please come," she added in one of her signature voices. "It is beautiful."

Birbiglia's shows with his friends in the comedy biz are meant to raise money for staff at clubs that have been shuttered because of COVID-19. As of Tuesday afternoon, about $95 had been raised for the downtown Duluth theater.

Bamford has also been offering daily Zoom shows with new material at 5 p.m. She's asking for a $5 donation to a local food bank, or a $1 donation to her Venmo, maroobamfoo.

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