For Jean Smart’s ‘Hacks’ Character, Any Similarities Are Purely Comic-cidental

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On her new series Hacks, Jean Smart plays an aging comedy legend who wants to get back into the standup spotlight. While there have been some legendary female comics she could have used as reference — you can see some shades of Joan Rivers in Smart’s performance — she told us she wanted to try to her character as original as possible, so she actually tried to avoid watching those comediennes as she prepared for the role. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jean Smart)

 Hacks is currently streaming on HBO Max.

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