The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel—Stand-Up Revenge


We’ve been watching a lot of exciting thrillers lately, so we decided to switch things up with an Amazon comedy program. A comedy about a comedienne, to be precise.


There’s no denying it: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel made us laugh. Not necessarily with the stand-up jokes delivered from the stage, but the ambient dialogue, characters, and situations were all laugh-out-loud funny.


Will this show make you laugh also? Check out our review, then get a free month of Amazon Prime to check out the series!


Short Synopsis

A dedicated, faithful Jewish wife and mother is shocked into a new life direction when her husband tells her that he’s leaving. To reinvent herself, she picks up the pieces of his failed stand-up comedy act and becomes the new sensation in underground comedy in New York City.


The Acting

Jewish caricaturization is a tricky role to pull off, but The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel casts several individuals who pull it off rather well.


My favorite will always be Tony Shalhoub (from Monk, the funniest detective serial ever aired). His role as the bitter, stubborn Jewish father tops all of the performances in this show.


But that’s not to say that the other actors and actresses fall flat. Each one brings a unique take to the Jewish community medley portrayed in this series.


And while she doesn’t play a Jewish role, Alex Borstein delivers an exceptional performance as a fully-developed supporting character who deserves most of the credit for this show’s success.

The Comedy


Although the show is undoubtedly funny, there’s something a little contrived about the script-written stand-up comedy. When it’s trying to be funny, it falls a little flat.


However, when it’s supposed to be cringey, I assure you, you will cringe. The few bombed performances were so utterly humiliating that I had to pause the program a few times to recover myself.


That’s good writing, for sure.


The Recommendation: We Only Recommend The Best

The Jewish caricature is almost always a popular one, and a funny one. It’s a little overused, but The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel brings a fresh new take on it.


We think you’ll find the acting and the situations very comedic and captivating. The character development is well-paced, and the relationships are realistic.


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