The Very Jewish Humor of Rachel Bloom

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Rachel Bloom is your typical nice Jewish girl: smart, knowledgeable, opinionated, funny, and also very neurotic. The 31-year-old star of CBS’s successful comedy series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend inserts a lot of her vibrant real-life character and background into her on-screen alter-ego, Rebecca Bunch, whose hilarious insanities are well advertised over the series’ previous three seasons.

Among the jokes, witty and vulgar, satirical winks, and the musical numbers, there is a sincere, brave message about mental-health issues, something Bloom herself—subject of an early, in-depth Tablet profile back in 2014—had to deal with all her life. Actually, the process of writing the series summoned past demons that somehow crept into the show. “The anxiety and depression that had invaded my own brain like an alien when I was a kid came back in full force,” she told Glamour magazine in 2016. “I had gone to therapists, but for the first time I sought out a psychiatrist.”

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