Mm. This year has Golden Globe for the best TV. Comedy series went to the marvellous Mrs Mazel. It's part of a boom in TV shows about stand-up comedian's or people who want to become one. The marvellous Mrs Mazel as an Amazon series by Amy Sherman Paladino and her husband. Daniel Paladino their best known for the Gilmore girls It stars, Rachel Brosnahan as a young wife and mother in late 1950s, New York, who won her life. Suddenly changes finds an outlet in the world of stand up. Our critic at large, John power says, it's not just enjoyable, but it captures today's mood as well in the new metrics documentary about June Judaean. There's an unforgettable seen filmmaker. Griffin done, asks her about the legendary moment when doing a piece on the counter culture in Haight-Ashbury She came across a five-year-old girl tripping on LSD. What was that like? He wonders did in pauses. In replies. It was gold, which is to say that the little girl was great material. What counts as material and how you use it lies at the heart of the marvellous Mrs Mazel. The delightfully Tzippi new Amazon series created by Amy Sherman Paladino and her husband. Daniel Paladino a team best known for the Gilmore girls and Bunn heads said in a brightly coloured version of late '50s New York. The soundtrack is bursting with show tunes and Sinatra It's a backhanded riposte to the old canard that women can't be funny. Believers neat Miriam Mazel played by regional Brosnahan She's in her bridal gown and addressing her wedding banquet. She turns your speech in a piece of impromptu stand up. Complete with jokes about the food not being kosher. But while Miriam clearly has a mouth on her, She's content to be the comfortably Upper West Side wife of jaw Mazel. That's Michael Zagan who works by day, but by night goes down to the village to try to make it as a comedian. The 26-year-old Miriam known as Mitch is just what her parents her husband and his parents want a chic Bryn Maher educated alpha Jewish house Frau who bribes club owners with Brisket to get her husband better-performing slots at the gaslight Cafe and hotels total strangers the best way to remove bloodstains from Oblas there's just one problem. Joel proves to be less than she hoped as both a husband and comedian here. Mitch, Here's Bob Newhart on TV do in was Act. And she races into the kitchen to tell him. Jill. You're not gonna believe this Bob Newhart is doing your Act, were Bob Newhart. He's on a Sullivan. He's doing your Act. It must to come to the club one night and senior perform, and now he's on television doing it just like you did. Well, it's a little bit different because he does it faster, which is better exit. That's besides point. I'm mad, aren't you? Man? Hedge relax. Not Matt. No. Were stunned. Mildly bemused. It's his act. What are you gonna put the rest of this on a platter? How is it his act? How do you know his act of got his record? See, you stole Bob Newhart sect. It's fine. Everybody does. Everybody steals is that yes. No, not steals. Borrows no big deal. It's not. When I found out June Friedman used my meat loaf recipe, I will her the I four everybody in comedy steals arrows borrows everybody else's jokes, especially at the beginning, Bob new are probably used Henny Youngman stuff. When he started Celts done. Oh, that's how it's done. It is. I thought you'd written it that Act. Mitch soon find yourself in that most classic of Sherman Paladino situations. She's a single woman making it on her own. But how she uses her clever tongue to become a comedian herself before she quite knows what's happened. Mitch has crashed. The gaslight cafe stage been discovered by a Butch manager. Suzy played by Alex Boersting been tossed in jail for obscenity and begin an unlikely relationship with of all people of any Bruce over the marvellous Mrs Mazel is set in the mad men era. It's sunnier and far more yak it. In fact, there's an aspect of the old Hollywood musical to the dreamy production design and the portrait of Megyn Joel's parents who are too broadly conceived Yet played by real pros Merrin Henkel Tony should lube Kevin Pollock and Caroline Aaron, They provide the setting for Brosnahan whose fast-talking brilliance is Mitch is a real knockout. Whether Mijas making Rieffel. Excellent, erotic jokes being devastated by betrayal or slaying people at the club. Brosnahan makes us believe that Here is a woman able to Shetrit conventional live and discover her truest self being funny behind a microphone. This is not an easy thing to pull off the trouble with nearly all stories about comedians from the 80s Tom Hanks Sally Field film punchline to the recent show I'm dying appear. Is that when they get on stage they aren't funny enough. And they're humor isn't as daring as everyone pretends it is in the monologues written by Sherman Paladino Mitch does with great comedians are able to do she transforms personal pain and confusion into a genuinely funny performance. And this series triumph lies in showing us how she turns her life integrate and original material. Of course, Back then there were no real life. Women doing the equivalent of Mijas stand up Act which pushes far beyond the self-mockery of Phyllis Diller or the wisecracks of the young Joan Rivers. But this isn't a complaint. The marvellous Mrs Mazel is an aiming for realism. It's a heroic fantasy images. Humor one might say is the ultimate version of staircase. Wit recklessly honest, She says, what female comedians would have said half a century ago. If they had only been free to say it, John powers writes about film and TV for Vogue invoke, got com. He reviewed the marvellous Mrs Mazel.