November 27: Manhattan: From Jean Carroll To Mrs. Maisel
‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” captured hearts with its sharp-witted, fast-talking Jewish protagonist, who finds her voice as a comedian in the late 1950s after leaving her unfaithful husband.
The inspiration for Miriam “Midge” Maisel came from a host of real-life groundbreaking comedians, including the one and only Jean Carroll. On the eve of the second season, join executive editor Dan Friedman on November 27, to laugh along with Noah Gardenswartz, a writer for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and Grace Overbeke, a literary adviser and doctoral candidate at Northwestern University.
The two guests will share film clips and discuss the show as well as Carroll’s life and work. The event, beginning at 7 p.m. at the American Jewish Historical Society in Manhattan, will note the influence Carroll — and other Jewish female comedians — had on the character and the industry.
The Forward is proud to partner with AJHS and JWA in the “Not Just ‘Funny Girl’” series at the Center for Jewish History.
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