Amazon Prime Video’s acclaimed series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel returns for a fourth season, once again focusing on the fictional Midge Maisel, a housewife turned stand-up comedian.
The 1960s comedy-drama, starring Rachel Brosnahan in the lead role, kicks off at the turn of the decade and “change is in the air,” according to the synopsis. “Seeking to perfect her number, Midge finds a concert with total creative freedom.
“But her commitment to her craft – and the places it takes her – drives a wedge between her and the family and friends around her.”
The cast of Marvelous Mrs Maisel is made up of both fictional characters loosely inspired by real people, including Midge herself, and famous real-life faces from the era, including comedian Lenny Bruce and entertainer Moms Mabley. There are also real locations included in the plot of the show, including the Gaslight Café.
Read on for everything you need to know about the real stories behind The wonderful Mrs. Maisel.
Is Midge Maisel based on a real person?
Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creator of Marvelous Mrs Maisel, said comedian Joan Rivers was one of the inspirations behind the Midge character. The women share several similarities: both are Jewish, both New Yorkers, and both performed stand-up at the Gaslight Café, where Midge gives an impromptu performance in Season 1.
Additionally, Rivers said Lenny Bruce helped her early in her career (Midge also meets Bruce at a pivotal point in her career in Season 1).
“I’m a huge Joan Rivers fan; the world is sadder without her, and will always be sadder without her,” Sherman-Palladino previously said. vanity lounge. “And she had this wonderful mix, this battle of wanting to be accepted on a female level – [but] you can’t have that many balls and be accepted at the female level. It just doesn’t work that way.
However, Midge and Joan differ in one key way, according to Rachel Brosnahan (who plays Midge). “Joan’s comedy came from feeling like she never belonged. She always called herself an ugly duckling,” she said. vanity lounge. “Midge is the opposite. She knows she is beautiful; she knows she excels at what she does and she will be the first to tell you about it.
Sherman-Palladino’s father, Don Sherman, was also a stand-up comedian, and she said she often relied on her memories of him when writing Midge: “It’s weird, but it’s is right.”
“Comedians would open for jazz singers,” said Dan Palladino, Amy’s husband and executive producer of the show. He said women’s health“Amy’s dad opened for singer Dinah Washington. He opened for Johnny Mathis. He opened for a lot of musical artists.
“Through his experience, we’ve come to know the ups and downs of a working comic. And we’ve certainly come to know [it] up close – like, Amy grew up with it – but I got to see it from a more objective perspective.”
In the series, Midge also opens for Shy Baldwin (Leroy McClain), a closed black pop singer. In Season 3, Midge was fired after alluding to Shy’s sexuality during her gig on the Apollo show.
Which characters are based on real people?
Lenny Bruce (Luke Kirby), a stand-up comedian who develops a willing relationship with mentee Midge Maisel, was a famous real-life figure in the 1950s and 1960s. Other real-life personalities who appear on the show include also actress and artist Moms Mabley (played by Wanda Sykes), The Kingston Trio, activist Jane Jacobs and comedian Red Skelton.
There are also a number of fictional characters that are loosely inspired by one or more real historical figures. For example, crooner Shy Baldwin is “kind of an amalgamation of a lot of different personalities who have been so successful, but [real-life singer] Johnny Mathis comes to mind,” Brosnahan said. Refinery29. On the show, Shy is a closeted gay singer, and Mathis has come out publicly as gay in recent years.
Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein), Midge’s talent agent, is taken from real-life female talent agent Sue Mengers, according to Borstein. Mengers went on to represent Cher, Sir Michael Caine, Dame Joan Collins and Bob Fosse.
Finally, Midge’s rival, Sophie Lennon, played by Jane Lynch, shares similarities with the real Phyllis Diller, an entertainer who, like Skelton, deliberately made herself less attractive on stage in hopes that audiences would find her more attractive. funny (in the series, Skelton wears clownish makeup and puts padding under his clothes).
Season 4 of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel will air on February 18, 2022. You can sign up for Amazon Prime Video for £7.99 a month. If you’re looking for more to watch, take a look at the rest of our drama coverage or check out our tv guide.
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