How The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Stand-up Gets Written – Vulture

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Photo: Vulture and Amazon Studios

Stand-ups have squeezed their invented personas into TV shows for years, but what about inventing a TV persona and squeezing that into a stand-up act? Multi-hyphenate Amy Sherman-Palladino and her collaborator Dan Palladino did just this with the lead character of Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. And, in creating frustrated housewife Midge Maisel, they crafted a persona and accompanying stand-up act that unsettled more prudish elements of late-’50s American culture.

In this special episode of Good One, Vulture interviews the wife-and-husband team — who together have worked on shows including Gilmore Girls and Bunheads — behind Midge Maisel and her stand-up. They talk about how they write jokes for their lead character, how they shoot those jokes for the show, and how Amy’s stand-up comic father influenced her creative life. Read a short excerpt from the conversation or listen below. Download the episode from Apple Podcasts, Spotify, StitcherOvercast, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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