Category: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Press: Here’s what to expect when ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ returns for its second season

Following a first season in which it earned a Golden Globe for best musical or comedy TV series and 14 Emmy nominations, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is going “big” with its second season.

The producers and cast of the series took a break from filming the dramedy and gathered Saturday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills to discuss what’s in store when the drama returns for its sophomore outing.

For the uninitiated, the series is set in the late 1950s and revolves around Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), a Jewish housewife who embarks on the world of stand-up comedy after her marriage hits the skids. The series also stars Alex Borstein, as Midge’s comedy manager and mentor of sorts, and Michael Zegen, who plays Midge’s on-the-outs husband.

The series hails from “Gilmore Girls” mastermind Amy Sherman-Palladino, who also serves as an executive producer with husband Daniel Palladino.

While a premiere date has not yet been announced for the second season, here’s what we learned about what to expect:
Go big or go home

“Season 2 is big,” said Sherman-Palladino. “We feel like we’ve got, for the first time in our career, the support from the brass, the actors — we have all of the pieces to go big or go home.”

Sherman-Palladino also acknowledged the sophomore outing carries added pressure in the wake of the awards recognition and acclaim from its debut. But they’re also managing the built-in pressure.

“We have such an amazing group of actors, and when you have a group of actors of this caliber, that means the stories and the scripts and the dialogue have to be of a certain caliber or we’re doing a disservice,” she said. “So that is a self-imposed nausea that’s always there.”
Nothing good lasts forever

While Midge ended the first season on a triumphant note as she found her footing as a stand-up comedian, don’t expect it to be all fun and games. “Good things can’t last long,” Brosnahan said.

The series will explore how Midge and Joel navigate co-parenting as they figure out the parameters of their relationship.

“They will never be able to be without each other in some capacity, and [that] creates a dramatic tension,” Brosnahan said.

And Joel will grapple with seeing Midge succeed in a way he couldn’t.

“He’s kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place because on the one hand he loves Midge and he saw that she was really talented, but on the other hand, it’s a big blow to his ego that she’s really talented,” Zegen said.
Time doesn’t stand still

The series will have a “bit of reflection of the politics that are going on” in its 1950s setting through Midge.

“We are dramatizing a woman’s struggle at a time when she wasn’t supposed to have that voice or make those changes,” Sherman-Palladino said. “Women are still trying to break out of that box — hooray for no progress from the ’50s.”

Source: LA Times

Press: 10 Things You Need to Know About Season Two of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino’s quirky Amazon comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is usually summed up as that show about a spunky 1950s New York housewife (Rachel Brosnahan) who accidently discovers she’s a stand-up prodigy.

But Sherman-Palladino stresses that the series, the first season of which has received recognition from both the Golden Globes and the Emmys, is much deeper than that.

“We don’t consider this, really, a show about stand-up comedy,” Sherman-Palladino told journalists Saturday during the Television Critics Association’s biannual press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. “[Dan and I] think about it as a show about a particular woman and her going from one life to another life. When her life explodes, it explodes everyone else’s around it. We’re so focused on that, that we’re not really trying to tell the entire world of stand-up comedy.”

As we prepare for the second season, Sherman-Palladino reminds us that “we’re dramatizing a woman’s struggle at a time when she wasn’t supposed to have that voice.” Here are some other takeaways from the panel:

The Season One finale seemed to show Midge on the up-and-up. Will that be true in the second season?

“Good things can’t last long,” Brosnahan teases.

What does this mean for Midge’s manager, Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein)?

“While it’s Salieri finding her Mozart, it’s also exploding her world,” Borstein says. “She’s changing and she’s so excited… She’s finally found the great love of her life in Midge—in a larger sense, not in a romantic sense.”

What’s in the future for Midge’s on-again/off-again husband, Joel (Michael Zegen)?

“He’s stuck between a rock and a hard place because, on the one hand, he saw that Midge was really talented, and on the other, it’s a blow to his ego that she is this talented,” Zegen says, teasing that this dynamic of Midge succeeding at something he’s always wanted will be explored further in the second season.

Brosnahan says we’ll also see the two deal with “their attempts to co-parent” their young children.

Palladino says he and Sherman-Palladino “always knew that the very last moment of the second season’s eighth episode was going to be Joel saying, ‘She’s good.’”

Are the creators feeling the pressure to avoid a sophomore slump after the first season was such a big success?

“There’s a lot of pressure anyhow, because we have such an amazing group of actors,” says Sherman-Palladino. “When you have a group of actors of this caliber, that means that the stories and the scripts have to be at a certain caliber. That’s a self-imposed nausea that’s always there. And then, basically, we just decided that we just kind of had to go for it.”

She adds that Season Two is “big” and “we feel like we’ve got, for the first time in our career… we feel like we have all the pieces to go big or… We don’t go home. I haven’t been home in two years.”

Maisel is about a housewife who lets out her frustrations on stage and suddenly realizes she’s an amazing stand-up. Is this to say that all housewives would be good at stand-up comedy?

“They’d have a lot of material,” Brosnahan deadpans.

“Stand-up comedy is its own very strange world of desperation and pain and anger… It’s a tough gig,” Sherman-Palladino says. “[But] there’s only one Midge.”

How did the Sherman-Palladinos land such glorious costume and production designers?

“We were very lucky, because HBO had unexpectedly cancelled Vinyl, so there were a lot of extraordinarily talented people wandering the streets of New York thinking, ‘I thought I had a job and now I don’t have a job,’” Sherman-Palladino jokes. She says they grabbed any and everyone who was wearing a Vinyl crew shirt and looked sad, such as production designer Bill Groom and costume designer Donna Zakowska.

Kevin Pollack, who plays Midge’s father-in-law, has been upped to a series regular. He’s also an accomplished stand-up. Does that mean he chimes in for accuracy?

“For the first time in a very long time, I get to shut up,” he says modestly. “Because the material really is so ridiculous each and every time.”

He says that his friends in the stand-up community tell him how great Brosnahan is in the role, and that they’re shocked she doesn’t do stand-up herself.

How do the writers achieve the accuracy of these characters and time period?

Sherman-Palladino says that she grew up in this world: Her dad was a comic, she used to work at West Hollywood, Calif.’s famous The Comedy Store, and she knew comedians like Sally Marr, Lenny Bruce’s mother. They also have an “extremely qualified researcher” to find out if certain words were part of the vernacular in 1958.

Will the show depict any of the diversity in New York and the stand-up scene that was happening in the late 1950s?

“It’s a tricky thing, because, as writers, you want the diversity because you want to express the world,” Sherman-Palladino says. “Doing a show in 1959, you find out how divided things were.”

She says they assumed there would have been racial diversity in the stand-up world then, but “we’re finding not so much.” She says it’s a struggle because “what you don’t want to do is pretend like these problems didn’t exist,” but “as writers, you want these voices.”

The show has gotten both good and bad attention for its portrayal of Jewish people. How do the Sherman-Palladinos feel about that?

Palladino says they’ve gotten “really excited” feedback from older Jews, particularly because they will show parts of that culture without over-explaining them.

“The family happens to be Jewish,” he says. “There are some inaccuracies, but when [viewers] call us out on them, they kind of do it out of love… They’re trying to help us, as opposed to trying to catch us doing something wrong.”

Source: Paste Magazine

Press: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2: Everything We Know So Far

If you’ve been awaiting the return of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ever since you finished bingeing season one, then the wait is almost over. The Amazon Prime series about Midge Maisel, a Jewish housewife in 1958 who discovers she has a knack for stand-up comedy after her husband leaves her, will return later this winter. “Season two is big,” cocreator and executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Saturday. “We have all of the pieces to go big or go home, and we don’t go home. [In fact, we work so much] we haven’t been home in two years.”

The series—which was just nominated for 14 Emmy Awards, including Best Comedy as well as Best Actress for Rachel Brosnahan—is already a favorite of critics and fans, taking home the Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy Series as well as Best Actress for Brosnahan earlier this year. At the end of season one, Midge and her estranged husband Joel were nearly in a good place, but that was about to change once Joel discovered Midge has been performing stand-up comedy—his passion—and is actually quite good at it. “Eventually everybody is going to find out [about Midge’s new career ambitions],” cocreator and executive producer Daniel Palladino tells Glamour. “The trickiness of hiding that lifestyle is very, very hard to hide.”

So what else can you expect in season two? With only a few more months to go, here’s everything we know.

Season two will premiere later this year, hopefully in time for the holiday season. The show was originally picked up for 18 episodes, and eight aired as part of season one. Palladino confirmed to Glamour that season two will consist of 10 episodes. No official premiere date has been announced, but let’s just say that homemade latkes aren’t the only thing you’ll have to look forward to this Hanukkah.

There will be a bit of a time jump. “We do kind of jump ahead,” Palladino reveals. “We shifted some time and [just as in season one], we will jump back and forth, and we’re going to continue to do that in every season.” As for where the show picks up, Palladino won’t say much. But we do have a hint: “Midge will find out that Joel was at the club [for her stand-up act], and we’re going to deal with those ramifications,” she says.

Midge has a new job at the department store. In an exclusive clip shown to journalists at the Television Critics Assocation summer press tour, Midge has been demoted to the basement switchboard at B. Altman & Co. after her encounter with Penny on the main floor (you remember—when Penny called Midge a tramp for sleeping with her estranged husband). Midge’s new coworkers are enthralled by Midge’s can-do personality and ability to juggle 10 things at once. They also want to know more about her time working at the makeup counter, and she promises to tell them everything.

There’s trouble ahead for Midge. “We left Midge in a pretty triumphant moment [at the end of season one]. She’s finally arrived into Mrs. Maisel the stand-up comedian,” says Brosnahan. “I can’t say a whole lot about where she’s headed in season 2, but good things can’t last long.”

Susie Myerson finds her true love. “Joel and I end up having a torrid affair,” Alex Borstein (Myerson) jokes. “I’m sorry, that’s my fantasy. No, Susie is changing this season. She’s finally found the great love of her life, which is Midge, and I mean that in a larger sense. [Managing someone of her caliber] is her passion.”

Joel’s not going anywhere. Just because Joel and Midge split in season one, don’t expect the actor that plays Joel—Michael Zegen—to go anywhere. He has plenty of story next season, and you’ll see him try to coparent with Midge. “He’s stuck between a rock and a hard place,” Zegen says. “He loves Midge and he saw that she’s really talented [at comedy], but on the other hand, it’s a huge blow to his ego that she’s this talented.” Still, Zegen says, there’s a lot of love between Midge and Joel, even though he slept with another woman and treated her horribly. “[We meet him] at a very terrible time in his life, but he still loves Midge.” Adds Broshanan: “They will never be able to be without one another. It creates a wonderful, dramatic tension, and you get to explore the depths of their love in a lot of different capacities.”

Rose and Abe will face new challenges in their marriage. “Abe is this sort of old-fashioned man in 1959 who would have been very content for absolutely nothing to change,” Palladino says. “However, we’ve seen Rose searching and going to fortune tellers [hoping to expand her horizons]. There are cracks in her facade, and those cracks are just going to get bigger and bigger.”

Zachary Levi is joining the cast in a recurring role. Levi will recur as an eclectic Manhattan doctor who suddenly starts spending a lot of time with the Maisels and Weissmans, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Bonjour, Paris! When filming for season two began in March, some of the cast traveled to the City of Lights for various scenes. Brosnahan told Glamour that they filmed in “the most extraordinary locations” and had “the most beautiful sets.” While she remains tight-lipped on what brings Midge to Paris, Brosnahan says the only spoiler she can give is that a dog is involved in their overseas trip. “It was the best,” she smiles.

The show will give off some serious Dirty Dancing vibes. In June of 2018, Broshanan and Zegen posted various Instagram shots from upstate New York, which led to speculation that the show travels to a Catskills-esque location, à la Dirty Dancing. “A big part of the series is following the lifestyles of a Jewish family in the late ‘50s,” Palladino tells us. “That includes things like the Upper West Side, temple, and vacations and stuff. Over the seasons we’re going to see the family’s whole world, and we film all over the place. There’s nothing you can derive from exactly where we film, but it could be camp, who knows?”

The series has already been renewed for a third season. Earlier this spring, Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke announced the good news at the Peabody Awards. With season two set to premiere this winter, look for season three to arrive sometime in late 2019 or early 2020.

Source: Glamour

Press/Video: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Boss Teases a “Big” Season 2

Amy Sherman-Palladino addressed the timeliness of her period drama, and the “go big or go home” philosophy for what comes next.

“Sorry, Jen.”

That’s how creator Amy Sherman-Palladino responded to a question about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s forthcoming season, the show’s second for Amazon. The “Jen” she was referring to is her new boss, the streamer’s head Jennifer Salke, and the apology is a reference to what is inevitably the giant budget that Sherman-Palladino’s vision required.

Without teasing much by way of future plot points, the famously tight-lipped creator told the roomful of media at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour that season two will be “big.” The series’ star, Rachel Brosnahan, no doubt trained by her showrunner, held back as well. In fact, when pressed on what’s next for her character, she offered only this: “We left Midge in a pretty triumphant moment. She’s finally arrived into Mrs. Maisel, the stand-up comedian. I can’t say a whole lot about where she’s headed in season two, but good things can’t last long.”

That their show, despite its 1950s period setting, continues to feel timely in today’s #MeToo era was among the other subjects that the cast and crew were asked to address for the umpteenth time. Sherman-Palladino fielded the question, noting: “We are dramatizing a woman’s struggle at a time when she wasn’t supposed to have that voice or make those changes … so, hooray for no progress since the ’50s.”

At one point during the spirited Maisel panel, the Gilmore Girls and Bunheads creator was also asked about the pressure she may be feeling about having to follow up her critically adored, awards-drenched first season. Sherman-Palladino acknowledged that it was, indeed, great, and that it was exacerbated by a “self-imposed nausea that’s always there.” The latter, she added, comes from wanting to do right by the top-notch group of actors that had been assembled.

“It’s really a matter of the minute that we got into bed with the people we got into bed with, the pressure is always going to be higher and higher and eventually we’ll die,” Sherman-Palladino said to laughs. “So, we just decided that we had to go for it. We feel like we’ve got, for the first time in our career, the support from the brass, the actors, all of the pieces to go big or go home, and we don’t go home. We have not been home in two years. I don’t know where home is.”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has already been renewed for a third season.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Press: Everything We Know About The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel delighted and surprised us last fall when it premiered on Amazon Prime. The Amy Sherman-Palladino series returns to the streaming service this fall and we’re chomping at the bit to know what happens in the next chapter of Midge’s (Rachel Brosnahan) comedy career.

At the end of Season 1, Midge almost committed career suicide when she did an impromptu take-down of comedy legend Sophie Lennon (Jane Lynch). She was luckily able to resurrect her fledgling career with some help from Lenny Bruce (Luke Kirby). Her career resurrection came just in time for her maybe-not-ex-anymore Joel (Michael Zegan) to find out that Midge was 10 times better at his dream career than he ever was. Brutal.

The cast and producers, who are currently busy in the middle of production of Season 2, gathered at the Television Critics Association summer press tour to tease what we can expect next in the Emmy nominated series. Here’s everything we learned!

Midge is back at B. Altman: But she’s not at the make-up counter! A sneak-peek at the new season revealed that Midge is working as an operator at B. Altman department store. “An incident named Penny” landed her there instead of the make-up counter out front. We’re not sure if that incident is the one from the Season 1 finale or if there’s something else that went down with Penny in early Season 2 — but we can tell that Midge is killing it as an operator as well as she did at the front of the store.

It’s not going that great in Season 2: Season 1 ended with Midge feeling like a comeback would be possible but Rachel Brosnahan teased that “good things don’t last long” in Season 2. It looks like our girl is going to struggle for a minute.

Season 2 will be “big”: Co-creator Amy Sherman-Palladino said that Season 2 will be “big” compared to Season 1. We already know that the Weissman family will travel to France in the premiere, but in general Season 2 will be more extravagant with more things to look at, and it will expand Midge’s world in the comedic underbelly of New York City.

Susie is still ultra passionate about Midge: Midge and Susie (Alex Borstein) are still a team in Season 2, which means when Midge’s life implodes so does Susie’s — but she’s still ride or die. “She’s changing. Every single molecule is shifting,” Borstein teases. “She’s excited. She’s finally found the great love of her life, which is Midge. I mean that in the larger sense, not romantic. It’s her passion.”

Midge and Joel’s relationship status is “It’s Complicated”: Joel will still be struggling with the fact that he loves Midge and knows she’s a great comic versus his bruised ego. However, no matter what the couple decides about being together, they’ll always be in each other’s lives because they share two children together. Brosnahan said Season 2 will explore how complicated it is between the estranged couple but “there’s a lot of love there.”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

Source: TV Guide

Photos: Summer TCA Press Tour

Rachel attended the Summer TCA Press Tour yesterday to promote The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Photos from the event as well as an accompanying photoshoot have been added to the photo gallery.

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Press: Rachel Brosnahan (‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’) Emmy episode revealed for Best Comedy Actress

Gold Derby can exclusively reveal that Rachel Brosnahan is entering “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” episode “Thank You and Good Night” as her Emmy submission for Best Comedy Actress. This installment streamed November 29 and was the eighth and final episode of the first season for the Amazon show.

In this segment, Midge (Brosnahan) and Susie (Alex Borstein) drink away their troubles after Midge’s tirade on stage against comic Sophie Lennon (Jane Lynch). While hungover the following day, Susie reads the bad headlines to her over the phone. Midge gets ready for her son’s birthday party while her parents are fighting. Her ex-husband wants to reunite and move to California.

It’s the first nomination in this category for Brosnahan after a previous bid as Best Drama Guest Actress in “House of Cards” (2015). For the 2018 ceremony, she is up against previous champions Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”), Allison Janney (“Mom”) and Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”), past nominee Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) and first-timer Issa Rae (“Insecure”).

Source: Gold Derby

Press: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’: Old Guard Helps Amazon Newbie Score 14 Nominations

Fresh off its lauded first season, Best Comedy Series nominee “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” yielded a record 14 Emmy nominations, the most ever for any Amazon Prime series. Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino (“Gilmore Girls”), this portrait of a well-heeled 1950s New York Jewish wife and mother (“House of Cards” Emmy nominee Rachel Brosnahan) who pursues stand-up comedy following the breakup of her marriage, already took home two Comedy Golden Globes (Best Television Series and Actress). Brosnahan also won Best Actress in a TV Comedy Series Critics Choice award.

While dramatic actress Brosnahan is a relative newcomer who surprisingly landed the plum comedy role after auditioning for Amy and Dan Sherman-Palladino, three popular Emmy veterans returned to the awards fray. Supporting Actor nominee Tony Shalhoub hasn’t scored an Emmy nod since his heyday as the star of “Monk” –he won three Emmys and a Golden Globe for his OCD detective. He adds his 9th Emmy nomination for his sensitive performance as Maisel’s beleaguered father to his recent Tony award for “The Band’s Visit.”

“Family Guy” voice-over performer Alex Borstein earned her third Emmy nomination, as Supporting Actress, but her first in front of the camera as Maisel’s tough but loyal manager, while Emmy perennial Jane Lynch scored her 10th Emmy nomination, as Guest Supporting Actress for her old-school comedienne.

“Roseanne” writing Emmy nominee Amy Sherman-Palladino landed nominations for writing and directing the “Mrs. Maisel” pilot. Calling from the Season Two set, the Sherman-Palladinos reminded that while popular, “Gilmore Girls” was always Emmy-overlooked except for hair and makeup. “I still want to get Lauren Graham an Emmy,” said Amy. “My career has been about when I blather to the correct person at the right time who is open to something new interesting and then we’re off to the races.”

The Sherman-Palladinos are proud of Brosnahan for carrying the series. “Lucile Ball played femme fatales and very beautiful women, she never did comedy until ‘I Love Lucy.’” said Dan. “Then suddenly she was a comedienne. We got to do that with Rachel. Her roles were more being tied up, thrown in a ditch and killed. I’m not saying we are not going to do that with her!”

Other nominations include many craft categories: production design for a narrative period or fantasy program, casting for a comedy series, cinematography for a single-camera series, period costumes, single-camera picture editing, hairstyling for a single-camera series, and musical supervision.

Season One of “Mrs. Maisel” consisted of eight episodes, and Seasons two and three are expected to be 10 episodes. The show will return to Amazon for its sophomore season later this year.

Source: IndieWire

Photos: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Season 1 Additions

I updated the gallery with additional photos from season 1 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

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Press: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ is proof that the funny woman has arrived!

Welcome to ‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’ hangover club if you have these same symptoms — feeling of restlessness until the show’s return, an inexplicable sense of anticipation over how the beloved Midge Maisel’s life would pan out, and a craving to get tickled over and over again by her on-stage banter — something that she unapologetically borrows from her personal experiences.

Hatched from the brains of Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino (the husband-and-wife pair behind the long-running ‘Gilmore Girls’), back in November, Amazon brought to us a refreshing comedy starring Rachel Brosnahan in the lead role. As the vivacious, spirited, and young Mrs. Maisel, the actress instantly grabbed eyeballs and even turned the 1958 setting appear as realistic as possible. Of course, it wasn’t entirely Brosnahan’s doing and a better portion of the credit goes to Mrs. Masiel’s creator as well — regardless, the show found a place in the hearts of its millennial viewers.

So much so, that in the following months, Brosnahan went on to prove that just like her character, she too has a range of hidden talents, beginning with her penchant for comedy. The 27-year-old American actress was later bestowed with a Golden Globe as an acknowledgment of her comic flair — another addition to her numerous skills as previously seen on prestige shows like ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Manhattan’.

The backstory is simple. Brosnahan’s stint as ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ is impressive. And it’s because the show has a depressingly brilliant charm about it. Set in the late 50s-early 60s New York, the period comedy takes a microscopic look at the women of the era through the eyes of the lead character. Inadvertently, while going through a rough patch in her marriage, our wonderful Mrs. Maisel happens to stumble upon her skills as a stand-up comic.

Had it not been for a night of reckless drinking and wallowing, perhaps the desperate housewife would have never been able to escape the reality of her marriage, which is pretty much on the brink of getting over by the end of the first season. Throughout the first half of the plot, in fact, Miriam (the erstwhile Mrs. Maisel) is driven by one solo need — earn her own living and to that end comedy, surprisingly, comes as a handy tool. But comedy as a performance art is a man’s game and for a Jewish woman, living in a post World War II times, there is not much on offer.

And yet, the ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ gathers her guts, takes to the stage and her seemingly mindless ramblings end up appealing to the crowd at The Gaslight Cafe. There is something about her self-depreciating rants — a mix of humility and humiliation — that strikes a chord with the audience both in reel and real life. Once on stage, though, Miriam mostly talks about her Mrs. Maisel days.

Just like any talented stand-up, Mrs Maisel boils down her own life issues and troubles into a concentrated form so universal that everyone relates to it.

A lot goes on behind the closed doors of a living room (or kitchen, as some may prefer), that comprise the day to day life of a homemaker, or a mother, or a wife. And the brand of humor that is used in ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ is practically an ode to all of this, the banter and the usual tete a tete. But what comes as a pleasant surprise to the Miriam-Susie duo is when their stories resonate with the drunk crowd of the dimly-light clubs.

Stand-up for women is a difficult course, to say the least. This is especially true because the act, in its very nature, is contradicting to the ways of feminity and related traditions —everything that Mrs. Maisel’s journey portrays in all its glory. Incidentally, the show’s success — with fans as well as critics — points towards a harsh reality, that this theorem is relevant to the world outside of Mrs. Maisel’s as well.

There is no dearth of funny men in the entertainment industry but the same can’t be said for their female counterparts. Not only are shows with a central, humorous character scarce – or lame like ‘Two Broke Girls’ and an occasional brilliance in the form of a Lorelai Gilmore — but also the existent female stand-up comedy artists (fictional or otherwise) rounds up to a handful.

It is because of these reasons that the struggles and desperations of Mrs. Maisel, in her 50s set world, is still very relevant today, in 2018. Like Amy Schumer would have said that the very act of being a comedian and a woman at the same time is a strong feminist stance since it suggests a “woman’s comedic voice is as valuable as a man’s”.

So, it’s no surprise that Mrs. Maisel’s story resonated with the viewers. And the truth is, it has a lot to do with Sherman-Palladino’s ease of story-telling. Instead of piling the plot with serious and intense outbursts, the daughter of stand-up comedian Don Sherman chooses humor in her work — drawing inspiration from her formative years, having grown up in Southern California with stories of comedians being a regular topic at the dinner table — to deliver even the saddest moments of the leading lady’s journey with a chuckle.

Humor, unsurprisingly, turns out to be a weapon in the hands of this showrunner-actor duo Sherman-Palladino and Brosnahan. Both women. And someone, who had the foresight to predict the growing appetite for comedies centered around characters like Mrs. Maisel, the essentially funny woman.

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