NEW YORK – On a recent morning at a temporary re-creation of the storied but now-shuttered Carnegie Deli, Alex Borstein is everywhere you turn.
“Look! There’s another one,” says the actress, whose face is plastered across the mock “Carnegie Wall of Fame” along with photos of her “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” co-stars. Borstein is seated in a ’50s-style booth of the iconic Jewish deli, reopened to promote Amazon Prime’s second season of the Emmy-winning comedy, streaming Wednesday. But unlike Susie, the gruff, cash-strapped comedy manager she plays on the show, Borstein’s not shoveling down the pile of hot pastrami and pickles set before her.
“There’s nothing to keep you from eating too much like looking at pictures of yourself,” Borstein jokes.
Literally and figuratively, Susie is hungrier than ever in Season 2, as she hustles to book gigs for sole client Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), an outspoken ’50s housewife turned aspiring stand-up comic, who’s attempting to get back on her feet after facing personal and professional setbacks.
Not only has she been blacklisted from major comedy clubs since bad-mouthing star female comedian Sophie Lennon (Jane Lynch) at the end of last season, but she’s also been demoted from makeup-counter girl to switchboard operator, following an altercation with her estranged husband’s new girlfriend at the B. Altman’s department store where she works.
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