No joke! ‘Mrs. Maisel’ is an even bigger marvel with a Emmy nomination haul of 20, topping all comedy series

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” outdid itself in its sophomore season, collecting a total of 20 Primetime Emmy nominations –  six more than its first go-round on Amazon Prime last year.

Its not quite a record — NBC’s “30 Rock” collected 22 nominations in 2009 in its third year on the air. But with season 3 already filming, Miriam “Midge” Maisel and the gang just might just top it next time. Besides, the streaming sensation created by spouses Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino already hit the record books after winning a total of eight trophies last year — the most ever for comedy series.

The show about a late-‘50s Upper West Side housewife and mother who decides to secretly pursue a career as a stand-up nightclub comic branched out in season 2, filming its first two episodes in Paris and replicating the Catskills resorts of yore.

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One of the pleasures of the show, however,  is that it goes far beyond a nostalgia piece as  Rachel Brosnahan as Midge strives to find success in show businees after her husband left her after he cheated with a secretary. The character’s determination to make sure her own unique voice heard in a male-dominated profession has subtle but potent hints of 21st-century feminism that viewers can relate to today.

Besides a second bid for best comedy series, the cast alone is responsible for seven of the show’s Emmy chances. Brosnahan and Alex Borstein as her manager Susie Myerson   — who won for lead and  supporting actress in a comedy series last year — are repeat nominees. Tony Shalhoub as Midge’s dad Abe Weissman, who lost to Henry Winkler in “Barry” last year, is also up for supporting comedy actor once again. Marin Hinkle as Midge’s mom Rose is nominated for her supporting role — her first nod ever. Meanwhile, Luke Kirby, who plays real-life comedian Lenny. Bruce, and Rufus Sewell, who popped up as a drunken artist in season 2’s penultimate episode, are both up for best guest actor. And Jane Lynch is once again up for her guest actress role as Midge’s rival lady comic Sophie Lennon

The one major category that “Mrs. Maisel” missed out of this year was for writing, which Sherman-Palladino won previously for the show’s pilot episode. However, both of “Mrs. Maisel’s” creators are up for directing. while two episodes are competing for editing. Plus, there will be plenty of other craft opportunities on the ballot to fill any gaps: casting, cinematography, costumes, hairstyling, makeup, sound mixing, production design and music supervision.

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