The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and the difficulty of being a female comic
Amazon’s new comedy series about a woman discovering a knack for standup comedy might be set in the 60s – but its observations about the industry remain frustratingly relevant
Behold, the latest female-fronted small-screen creation from Amy Sherman-Palladino, one of the great minds behind cult classic mother-daughter dramedy Gilmore Girls. It’s called The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, and after a successful showing of its pilot for Amazon, it has been picked up for two seasons.
The series, in brief, delves into the life of wife and mother Miriam Maisel in early 1960s New York. Her well-to-do lifestyle is upheaved by news of her husband leaving her for another woman. To put it bluntly, all hell breaks loose. Miriam decides to become a standup comedian after discovering that complaining about life’s frustrations into a microphone yields rewarding and therapeutic results.