The “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” star Rachel Bloom discusses comedic inspirations and why they keep breaking into song on the hit CW series.
One of my favorite new shows is “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” on the CW, because it’s not only witty, it’s empowering for women despite the crazy aspect and motive and why Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) moved to West Covina, California. I love the show; it is one of the best new comedies of 2015/2016 because of its original style. Though “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is similar to another one of my favs “The Beautiful People” which was a comedy on the BBC that had the characters breaking into song.
As for Rachel Bloom, she nabbed a Golden Globe this year for leading female. Since then, Bloom has been flying high on a cloud for her all female (Jennie Snyder Urman and Aline Brosh McKenna, respectively) show runners series. It’s a huge step for women and the girl power movement. However, in a recent article with The Wrap, Rachel Bloom which reveals that while the show was in developed as a half-hour sitcom for Showtime it expanded into an hour-long show for The CW.
In fact, the deliciously uncomfortable saga of a young woman, who moves across the country to be near a guy she’s got a crush on, manages to throw two to four musical numbers into each episode. Just when you thought this was just another love story series, think twice because this show pushes every cord with a hilarious episode each week.
While the show has just wrapped its first year and returns on a new day and time from Mondays to Fridays, Rachel opens up saying, “For me, show business was always the only option.” She goes on to say, “I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to do anything but. I was a musical theater kid all the way. I looked up to people like Ethel Merman and Vivian Blaine. As I got older, I started to become a real musical theater geek and that’s when I started looking at people like Sutton Foster and Donna Lynne Champlin, who’s now on my show. I listened to her on cast albums in middle school and high school. I really wanted to go the Broadway route.”
Rachel goes on to say, “I liked writing, but because I wanted to be a Broadway star, there was no pressure — I wasn’t looking to be a writer, necessarily. But that’s where I found my joy, especially writing sketch comedy. It wasn’t the area where I’d put all this pressure on myself for so many years, so I could actually learn a new skill. Writing is really something I came in to later because it was always Broadway star all the way.”
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