The return of the hit Netflix series Big Mouth brings with it many popular supporting characters, from the completely incompetent coach Steve to the ghost of Duke Ellington (voiced by Jordan Peele). Another new player arrives in season 4: Maria Bamford’s Tito the Anxiety Mosquito.
In season 4 of ‘Big Mouth’ Tito the Mosquito was featured
Maria Bamford as Tito in ‘Big Mouth’ Season 4, Episode 3 | Netflix
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Big Mouth follows the lives of a handful of New York teens as they navigate middle school and the horrors that come with puberty. This is initially limited to their hormone monsters who encourage them to be responsive to their desires. Later characters include Depression Kitty and Shame Wizard.
Season 4 introduces a new obstacle: Tito the Anxiety Mosquito. Audiences first encounter this creature when it chases Nick’s fears in the place where one would most expect to see a mosquito: summer camp. Tito interacts with the characters, filling their heads with worry and stress, which sometimes leads to debilitating effects.
Comedian Maria Bamford pronounces the ‘Big Mouth’ character
Maria Bamford visits the Build Series to talk about “What’s Your Disease ?!” at Build Studio on February 11, 2020 in New York City. | Gary Gershoff / Getty Images
Bamford joins the rest of the star-studded cast, including leads like John Mulaney and Maya Rudolph. (Other new guest characters include Seth Rogen’s young Seth Goldberg and John Oliver’s warehouse advisor Harry.) And like most of the other actors on Big Mouth, she has a comedy background.
Aside from a handful of films, most of Bamford’s well-known work is on the small screen. She has had recurring roles in the comedies Fresh Off the Boat, Benched and Arrested Development. Bamford is no stranger to voice acting either, working on series like BoJack Horseman and Adventure Time.
Bamford is known for debating mental health
Tito the Anxiety Mosquito can also be a tailor-made role for Bamford. Mental health has long played a part in her stand-up comedy. She talks about her diagnoses (including bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder) and even sings a tune that she sometimes calls “the fear song” on stage.
“I think I want mental illness to feel more normal, more like a normal thing,” Bamford told New York Times Magazine in 2016. “My experience is so embarrassing,” she added. “But I’ve learned that it’s okay to be yourself … It’s better than pretending it’s not there.”
She starred on her own Netflix show “Lady Dynamite”
In an interview with the New York Times, Bamford explained periods of her life, from her early days in comedy to her breakout about 10 years ago, when she spent time in a mental health facility. Much of that was an influence on her Netflix series Lady Dynamite, a somewhat biographical surreal comedy.
On the show, Bamford portrayed a version of herself and tried to get her career going again after her bipolar diagnosis. Lady Dynamite featured stars like Fred Melamed, Ed Begley Jr. and Ana Gasteyer, as well as guest appearances by comedians like Patton Oswalt and Sarah Silverman as herself.