Midge from ‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’ was inspired by a famous, real-life comic!
Anyone who has watched ‘Gilmore Girls’ or even heard of the iconic series is well-versed with who Amy Sherman-Palladino is. The writer-director-producer is famously known for creating Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, caffeine-charged women who talked at the speed of light.
- Famous comic ‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’ is based on
- Sherman-Palladino acknowledged being inspired by Joan Rivers
- When will ‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’ Season 4 premiere?
The series ran for seven seasons and had a reunion miniseries back in 2016 which followed the characters as adults. In recent times, Sherman-Palladino is known for creating the cultural phenomenon ‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel‘ starring Rachel Brosnahan.
The Amazon Prime Video series follows Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a mid-century Jewish housewife, whose life changes when she decides to become a stand-up comedian. The show is clever, funny, and heartwarming all at once and Midge’s electrifying monologues are sure to make you a fan.
She might look like a simple housewife, but Midge is organized, commanding, and great at getting anything she wants. She’s a natural socialite, and her bubbly personality plays an important role in her ability to cultivate relationships with others.
Midge is a fictional character created by Sherman-Palladino, but she was inspired by an incredibly famous real-life comic! Keep reading to learn all about her.
Famous comic ‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’ is based on
‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’ isn’t a collective adaptation of an individual’s life, after all, there’s no one like Midge. There are, however, similarities between Midge and Joan Rivers; an American comedian known for her controversial comedic persona. And there are more similarities than you might think.
They’re both native New Yorkers born to Jewish parents, went to prestigious schools and their parents didn’t exactly approve of their standup careers. They were both equally frank about women’s bodies and were unafraid to speak their mind. Midge and Rivers’ comedic personas are similar too, and Sherman-Palladino accepted adding Rivers’ humour into Midge’s set.
“She had that wonderful mix, that battle of wanting to be accepted on a feminine level … [but] you can’t have that many balls and be accepted on a feminine level. Going forward, that’s how we’re looking at Midge’s humour”
She shared with “Vanity Fair” in an interview.
Sherman-Palladino acknowledged being inspired by Joan Rivers
In the same interview, Sherman-Palladino repeatedly admitted that Joan Rivers was an inspiration.
“I’m a massive Joan Rivers fan; the world is sadder without her, and will always be sadder without her”
Like Joan, Midge is a pioneer in the 1950s comedy scene and both comics also worked in a department store! Although ‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’ has grown vastly popular and bagged several Emmys, not everyone loves the show.
Joan Rivers’ daughter Melissa revealed being disappointed that although her late mother served as inspiration for Midge, it wasn’t discussed with her first. The show’s leading star Rachel Brosnahan has admitted to researching Rivers for her role in countless interviews! It would’ve been incredible if the cast and crew had spoken with the late comic’s family first.
When will ‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’ Season 4 premiere?
The third season premiered in December 2019 and ended on a shocking cliffhanger, which is why fans are waiting in anticipation. The fourth season faced a number of delays with production and filming due to the covid-19 pandemic, but things are finally looking up!
On January 20th, “DEADLINE” confirmed that production on season 4 of Mrs Maisel was underway. The show’s entire cast will be returning in the new season and will follow industry protocols and safety mandates through the filming process.
The series creator and executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband and executive producer Daniel Palladino previously shared their plans for season 4. The husband-wife team admitted to their decision of relying less on extras and using CGI to retain the show’s visuals.
‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’ is known for hiring hundreds of dancers to join the show’s big performances, but that seems hardly possible to pull off this time. Be rest assured, the Palladinos will do everything it takes to make the new season the best chapter in Midge’s life yet.
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