‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ showcases the works of comedy


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Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a Emmy 3-time awarding show. Rachel Brosnahan, who plays the leading role as Midge Maisel, is truly the queen of comedy.

Alexandra Der Boghosian, Yearbook Section Editor

Amazon’s hit show The Marvelous Mrs. Masiel premiered Season 2 Dec. 5. With the glitz and glam of New York’s Upper West Side during the late ‘50s, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel shows the audience how life was back in the day. The show won three Emmys with its first season. Its second season had high expectations, and with the growing viewership, the most recent season definitely meets its standards. From fashion to comedy, the show encompasses emotions that many young women had to go through.The series is a combination of Funny Girl, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and a hint of West Side Story.

Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), a Jewish woman living in the Upper West Side of New York, had the perfect life, with a perfect husband (Michael Zegen), and a perfect family. But one day that all falls apart when her husband admits of cheating on her. She then finds her love for stand-up comedy, which would be unusual for a Jewish woman during the 1950s. While doing stand-up, she gets a job at the beauty counter in a department store and becomes the woman she never thought she would be.

Abe Weissman (Tony Shalhoub) and Rose Weissman (Marin Hinkle) are Mrs. Masiel’s parents who are stereotypically typical Jewish parents who criticize everything one does or says. Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein) is Midge’s manager, who looks like a 13-year-old boy and is hilarious.

Season 1 was all about Midge finding herself and “fixing” her life after the divorce. But Season 2 is about Midge actually pursuing her career in stand up and dealing with whether she still has feelings for her ex-husband. Midge and her family go on a summer vacation to the lake, where high-end aristocrats gossip, party and gamble. Families of the Upper West Side, including the Masiel family, go away from all the drama, yet get into more.

As a 16-year-old myself, I find Mrs. Masiel an inspirational adult figure: always prepared, always wanting to be the best, and always knowing what to say. Mrs. Masiel is not your typical comic; she is beautiful, fashionable and confident. The writer of the hit show is Amy Sherman-Palladino, who was also the writer of the coming-of-age TV show Gilmore Girls. Palladino also won the outstanding writer Emmy award for comedy series.

Season 2 has some uniqueness that first season lacks. In Season 1, Rose Weissman is a sophisticated and old-fashioned woman, but in Season 2 she is a hip and artistic woman who lives in Paris. Midge is more comfortable and confident about her career in stand-up comedy.

Season 2 showcases the ups and downs in a woman’s life during the ’50s ― how women had no meaningful roles in the workforce.

All that has changed due to Mrs. Masiel. Now that Midge has a career that is unusual in her culture, she has shown the world that sometimes life goes in a different direction, and you just have to follow it. But one thing that Mrs. Masiel knows how to do is to never give up. No matter what anyone says or no matter what happens in your life, stick with the things you love and are happy with.