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OTTplay Now You Know - The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

The comedy-drama set in the 1950s follows the life of Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel as she decides to become more than just an upper-class housewife by trying her hand at standup after her husband leaves her for another woman.

  • Nikhil Kumar

  • OTTplay

Last Updated: 08.00 AM, Jan 17, 2022

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Welcome to OTTplay Now You Know, where I give you all the trivia and lesser-known facts about your favorite shows and films. I'm your host Nikhil. Let's start

The comedy-drama set in the 1950s follows the life of Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel as she decides to become more than just an upper-class housewife by trying her hand at standup after her husband leaves her for another woman. Her natural flair in the art is well received, and she soon decides to become a professional comedian. I'm talking about the hit show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

1. The first TV show on a streaming platform (Amazon Prime) to win the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.

2. The apartment where Midge and her husband Joel live was created on the same set as the apartment where Midge's parents live, but with a more modern (late-1950s) design, inspired in part by Doris Day movies, according to production designer Bill Groom.

3. The exterior and stairwell of the Gaslight were filmed at Under St. Marks Theatre on St. Marks just off 1st Ave, which is the site of a real open mic that happens every Tuesday from 9 pm to 2 am.   

4. Amy Sherman-Palladino was inspired by childhood memories of her father, a standup comedian based in NYC.

5. In a 2018 interview, star Rachel Brosnahan said that gratuitous nudity, in general, frustrates her because it's tired and distracts one storytelling, but she gladly got naked in the pilot because she thought it was funny. She said it wasn't about sex or being sexualized, but to highlight how her character was just hitting rock bottom, a situation she couldn't have imagined.

6. Liza Weil's character, Carole Keen, was inspired by the legendary bassist Carole Kaye. And even though the character is a positive one, Kaye revealed in an interview with the New York Post that she didn't like it at all, arguing it was like "a cartoon - and my life is not a joke [...] Nobody contacted me. I didn't know a thing about it. I thought that was pretty bad - kind of like slander."

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That's the OTTplay Now You Know podcast for today, I shall be back soon with another episode. Until then it's your host Nikhil signing out.

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