Hannah Einbinder (‘Hacks’): Stand-up comedy is about ‘persistence amid punishing failure’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

“Persistence amid punishing failure,” reflects Hannah Einbinder about how she relates to her character in the new series “Hacks.” In our exclusive new Gold Derby video interview, she adds, “In the show I play a writer. In reality, I’m a stand-up and it involves a lot of trial and error. This character experiences that when she’s challenged, not by a crowd, but Deborah.”

For the HBO Max series now streaming, Einbinder plays young comedy writer Ava. After a controversy, the only job she can land is writing for legendary comic Deborah Vance (Jean Smart) in Las Vegas.

SEE our video interview with ‘Hacks’ star Jean Smart

Ava and Debroah clash over different approaches to comedy and life. Einbinder says, “I love that relationship because it feels like verbal jousting at times. Some of the people I love the most in my life are comedians, and comedians can be very difficult. It felt like a familiar dynamic. I have loving arguments with friends of mine constantly about comedy and writing. That’s what you see about Deborah and Ava, and the correct agitation is important on either side. To poke Deborah in the correct way and have it accurately display our dynamic.”

It’s the comic’s first TV acting role and she explains, “Ava is brash at times and not someone who thinks very much before she speaks. I’m someone who over-analyzes every word that escapes my mouth to death. Each word escapes and I’m like, ‘no come back!’ But she is someone I still understand: a young Queer comedy writer from LA. That wasn’t a stretch.”

Einbinder reveals, “Obviously the comedy is very important, but what the show comes down to is truly heart. Yes, the show is in part about their work, but their work is a huge reflection of themselves. Because their work is the only thing they can truly rely on.”

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