Maria Bamford, Jad Abumrad to headline Free State Festival 2016

Comedian Maria Bamford and Radiolab host Jad Abumrad have been announced as the headliners for this year's Free State Festival.

Comedian Maria Bamford and “Radiolab” founder and co-host Jad Abumrad will be the featured presenters at Free State Festival 2016, the Lawrence Arts Center announced Tuesday.

Bamford is the star of the upcoming Netflix series “Lady Dynamite,” “Maria Bamford: The Special Special Special!”, and the Web series “The Maria Bamford Show.” She was awarded the American Comedy Award for Best Club Comic in 2014 and was included on Rolling Stone’s list of 50 Funniest People. Bamford is also a voice actor on numerous animated series, including “BoJack Horseman,” “Adventure Time” and “The Legend of Korra.” At the Free State Festival, Bamford will perform stand-up followed by a short film screening and a Q&A.

Abumrad, founder and co-host of the Peabody Award winning radio program and podcast “Radiolab,” will be the “Ideas” keynote speaker at this year’s festival. Abumrad will present his multi-media talk “Gut Churn,” about the anxieties that commonly accompany the start of the creative process, which will be followed by a Q&A session. He will also take part in an outreach session on sound recording and podcast production for a select group of students.

The 2016 Free State Festival will be held from June 20-25 at various locations in Lawrence. Tickets will go on sale in March 2016. Visit for more information and updates.