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About a Love Letter to the Apollo
In the recently released video "A Marvelous Night at the Apollo," members of
the team behind the Season 3 finale of 'The Marvelous Mrs.Maisel" discuss
the making of the episode, " A Jewish Girl Walks Into the Apollo...' The show's
creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, describes it as a love letter to the
Apollo Theater and reveals a personal connection; Her father, the comedian Don
Sherman, opened for Dinah Washington at the storied Harlem institution.
Washington advised Sherman to drop his act and just joke with the crowd
about working with her.
"It was an interesting story that always stuck with me, because I thought,
Well geez that's sort of the power of stand-up Sherman-Palladino says.
The "Apollo" episode is nominated for four Emmy Awards, including a
guest actress nod for Wanda Sykes, who protrayed the comedy legend
Moms Mabley. A fan of Mable, Skykes recalls in the video her own debut
at the Apollo. "I remember not even hearing myself do the jokes because it
was like, I'm looking at the audience, but I kept my eye on Sandman.
Where's Sandman?" Skyes says, referring to Howard Sims, who steered
performers who displeased the crowd offstage.
Catch "A Marvelous Night at the Apollo" on Apollo's Digital Stage before
its fall season starts with a performance by Wyclef Jean on Wednesday,