Phyllis Diller

Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein lend their fast-talking charm to Amy Sherman-Palladino's 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'

Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein lend their fast-talking charm to Amy Sherman-Palladino's 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'

Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein, stars of the Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” are posing for photos on a window sill overlooking Midtown Manhattan as a swarm of stone-faced handlers looks on.

In an effort to lighten the mood, Brosnahan, who plays a housewife-turned-comedian in the series, tells a joke — but, as she warns preemptively, it’s a British joke.

“Why did the lobster blush?” she asks. “Because the sea weed.”

The punchline is met with silence, then a few delayed groans of realization. But Borstein is baffled: “I don’t get it at all.”

Luckily, the jokes land more successfully in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which premiered...

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