The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is about to get a lot more campy.
John Waters, the legendary filmmaker and king of trash cinema is joining the upcoming fourth season of the hit Amazon comedy.
Little is known about the role, other than that it will be a guest starring one. But, no matter what role he plays, Waters is sure to bring along his signature schlock and style that’s influenced everything from drag queens and comedians, to music videos.
Waters is one of the most influential filmmakers of his generation, writing and directing cult classic films like Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Cry-Baby and the original Hairspray. Together with iconic drag queen Divine, he set a new standard for deranged humor, schlock and signature style in his films. While he normally is behind the camera, he’s had several acting roles, including in the movies Seed of Chucky and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, as well as television like Law & Order: SVU, The Blacklist, and Feud: Bette and Joan, where he played B-Movie director William Castle.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is one of the most critically acclaimed films of the last decade, winning 20 Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes, including Best Comedy Series at both ceremonies. It stars Rachel Brosnahan as the titular Mrs. Maisel, a Jewish housewife who becomes a stand up comedian in the late 1950’s. It also stars Alex Borstein, Tony Shalhoub, and Jane Lynch. The series was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creator of Gilmore Girls and Bunheads.
Last season, lesbian comic and actor Wanda Sykes appeared on the show as legendary queer comedian Moms Mabley. Sykes, who is a big fan of Mabley’s legacy was excited to be able to portray the comedy legend. ““I want to give Moms more credit and hopefully expose her to more people. They should know her,” Sykes said at the time. “I had to nail this. I had to do it for Moms.”