Part­ing Shot

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Tony Shal­houb

he kept a tight lid on his emo­tions as the ob­ses­sive de­tec­tive on the USA com­edy Monk (a role that earned him three Em­mys), and again when play­ing an Egyp­tian con­duc­tor in the Broad­way mu­si­cal The Band’s Visit (for which he won a 2018 Tony for best ac­tor in a mu­si­cal—a fourth nom­i­na­tion). But fi­nally, as Abe Weissman on Ama­zon’s hit se­ries The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Tony Shal­houb gets to let it all hang out. The first sea­son, which takes place in 1958, stars Emmy win­ner Rachel Bros­na­han as as­pir­ing stand-up co­me­dian Miriam “Midge” Maisel. She’s a hard act to top, but as her tightly wound math pro­fes­sor fa­ther, Shal­houb de­liv­ered some show­stop­ping melt­downs. “For once,” he tells Newsweek, “I get to un­leash all of my pent-up frus­tra­tion.” Some­times on a pi­ano. He hes­i­tated when cre­ator Amy Sher­man-pal­ladino of­fered him the part, mostly be­cause there wasn’t much Abe in the pi­lot. “They as­sured me he would ex­pand,” says Shal­houb, and so he did. Get ready for more fire­works when the show re­turns on De­cem­ber 5. “I think peo­ple will be stunned by Sea­son 2,” he says.

“Abe is a bit of a con­trol freak, but he doesn’t re­ally have con­trol over any­thing.”

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