"Taking inspiration from Amazon Prime’s ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’" by: Jessica Shepard

   So, my sister pays for Amazon Prime and lets me use it to stream shows and movies on my TV.  
   My latest Prime streaming obsession – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” is in limbo right now.  
   I’m telling you right now, if you haven’t seen it, you totally should!  
   It’s got everything from family drama to a little mob talk, trash talk, race issues and comedy.  
   The series stars Rachel Brosnahan as the eponymous Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a Jewish housewife in 1958 New York City, who discovers she has a knack for stand-up comedy.   
      Following the premiere of the pilot episode to critical acclaim, the series was picked up by Amazon for a two-season order on April 10, 2017.  
   The first season was released on November 29, 2017, to positive reviews.   
      The series won three Golden Globe Awards (Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and two Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for Brosnahan) and five Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Brosnahan.   
      The second season was released on December 5, 2018.   
      The series has been renewed for a third season consisting of eight episodes to premiere in 2019.  
   Someone needs to let Amazon know that we’re almost at Easter and I haven’t seen anything for season three yet!  
   The best part of me is that Midge’s style of comedy is mostly stream of consciousness, which means it comes from her experiences in life.  
   It’s sort of like mental commentary out loud and for an audience.  
   It’s in the moment and not always something that everyone wants to hear, but it also helps set her apart from other comedians, too.   
      Plus, she’s a rarity as a female comic in a largely male-dominated profession while breaking all sorts of social norms and having to make tough decisions.  
   She’s stuck trying to balance her careers, home life, and a slow divorce from her husband with two kids and struggles to find herself.  
   Other all-star cast members include Alex Borstein, Marin Hinkle, Tony Shalhoub, Zachary Levi, Jane Lynch, and Kevin Pollak.  
   Borstein is from “Family Guy” fame as matriarch Lois Griffin’s voice while Shalhoub headed up the wildly successful “Monk” series and Lynch best known for her stint in “Glee” as Sue Sylvester – all of which have left a lasting mark on the comedic community.  
   Aside from all that the show is a little inspiring for me, even if I know it’s largely fiction.  
   I participated in the Bay City Public Library’s open mic comedy night last year and after getting over my nerves, I like to think I pretty much killed it.  
   So, maybe if something like that happens around town again, I’ll step up.  
   After all, I get decent feedback on these columns from people and how much they enjoy them, maybe I can do stand up, too.  
   Either way, it’s something new to do and I’ve already got a vested interest in it, just like Midge Maisel.  
   I just don’t think I’ll make up a stage name for my acts – The Marvelous Jessica just doesn’t roll off the tongue that well. 

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