-Before you
got offered this role, you were going to walk away
from acting. -I wasn’t offered the role.
I had to audition for it. -Yes.
-But yes, I had left the country. I moved to Barcelona.
-Uh-huh. -[ Spanish accent ] Barcelona.
-[ Spanish accent ] Barcelona. -You have to do that
when you live there. -Yeah.
-You have to become very, um, pretentious.
[ Laughter ] But, yeah, I moved,
and Amy sent me the script. And was like —
-This is Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creator of the show, yeah?
-Yeah, and she — She sent it. She’s like, “Just read it.”
And then I read it and was like, “Ugh! Now I gotta fly back
and audition for this thing.” [ Laughter ]
-Do you think — How did you pick Barcelona
as a place to — to move to with your family? -Um, I — I — I wanted to
give my kids, like, an experience of a year
abroad somewhere, and the first thought was like, “Oh, maybe we’ll go to
Budapest.” Because we have family there,
but the language is, you know, kind of useless.
[ Laughter ] It’s beautiful, but useless.
[ Laughter ] so I thought, you know,
what would be — what would be a really
good language for them? And I thought, you know,
Chinese or Spanish, and I already knew
a tiny bit of Spanish, so I went with the easier route.
And we did it. Plus — plus the thing about
Barcelona is — is people take naps.
-Yeah. That was — that seems to me
a huge draw. -That was the real draw,
is a nap. That’s like — I think what
is wrong with America right now is people don’t nap.
-Yeah! [ Laughter ]
And it strikes me that everybody sort of naps —
correct me if I’m wrong — at the same time that
it’s almost like you should be ashamed
if you’re not napping. -That’s — Yeah,
you have to nap. Things shut down from, like,
2:00 to 4:00. -That’s just the dream right
there. -It is.
-You really cracked the code. I tip my cap to you.
-Well, that’s why I look — -Yeah.
[ Laughter ] -Because I nap.
-Another very iconic role that you played for years is the
voice of Lois on “Family Guy.” And I think — you know,
a lot of times, I think voiceover actors
obviously are pretty anonymous. But this show has been on
so long that I think a lot of people know that. Is that a part that you are
constantly approached about? Do people know you enough
and, due to how much they love that show, come up
and ask you about it? -Yeah, we’re — we’re —
we’re nonymous now. Is that a word?
-Nonymous. -We went from anonymous
to nonymous. -Right.
[ Laughter ] -Very nonymous. Infamous.
No, yeah, it’s interesting. People — My career’s been so —
so specific that if I’m in an airport
or in a mall and I see someone coming like a mile away, I know
what they’re gonna ask me. I know, like,
“That’s a ‘Lizzie McGuire’ fan.” [ Laughter ]
-There you go, yeah. [ Cheers and applause ]
You — you have a — Is this a cabaret group?
Amstergang? -Alex Borstein & The Amstergang. It’s kind of musical standup
comedy. I’m doing a little tour
right now. -Wow, musical standup comedy.
That seems like you’ve made it — you’ve —
Both seem very hard, and doing them together
would seem — -They’re both difficult
separately, but if you put them together,
it’s a breeze. [ Laughter ]
-And where are you doing shows? You’re going overseas, yeah?
-I leave tomorrow. I go to London. We’re doing five
shows at the Soho Theatre. -That’s really exciting.
-It’s really exciting. -That’s a beautiful theater.
-It is. And it’s two guys that
I met when I moved to Barcelona. Interestingly enough,
two Jewish guys. And I don’t know if you know
much about Barcelona, but it’s about
two million population. Maybe 6,000 of them are Jewish. -Wow, and you found two of them.
-My uterus made a beeline. [ Laughter ]
Bing, bing! Found them within, like, 30
seconds, and we started a group. We went to Amsterdam
for a weekend. -Oh, is that where the name
the Amstergang comes from? -Yes.
-Yeah. -We inhaled something there. I forget what it’s called.
-Yeah. Like, just smog or something,
like — -Something like that.
-Yeah. Exhaust from a van.
-Yeah, yeah. -Yeah, yeah, yeah.
-And we felt the effects of that substance.
[ Laughter ] And then decided, “You know
what? We’re all middle-aged. We should start — We should
start making music together.” [ Laughter ]
And it grew. It kind of became this standup
— a musical standup comedy.
So, it’s a very strange night. And it’s a bit — It’s a bit
filthy so, if you are in London, don’t bring your
14-Year-Old “Maisel” daughter… -Loving fan.
-…or son to — Yeah, don’t bring
a 14-Year-old to this show. -That’s very —
that’s very good advice. You also — you have a company. Is this an idea that came to
you? Is it Henabee’s?
Am I saying that right? -Yes, it’s called Henabee’s.
-Okay. -I actually — I brought one.
-Okay. -I will explain what it is.
Henabee’s… Ta-da! Is this what you do?
-Yeah, you do it right — So we’ll turn it that way.
There you go. Look at that. -Look at that.
-Beautiful. Beautiful label. -I’m basically Johnny Carson. I just figured that out
on my own. [ Laughter ]
You can Google that later. These “Lizzie McGuire” kids
don’t know who that is. -Yeah.
[ Laughter ] -It is a detachable
and attachable sleeve. So, if you have
a sleeveless gown, a sleeveless dress, and you
don’t want it to be sleeveless, you can attach this to any dress and you get a little
capelet sleeve. -Oh, my God. That is amazing.
[ Audience oohs ] -Right? [ Cheers and applause ]
But it’s not just — And it’s not just about, like,
“Oh, I don’t like my arms.” I think all arms are disgusting.
-Yeah. [ Laughter ]
-I apologize to your previous guest.
She’s beautiful. But I just think armpits
and arms are disgusting. -Yeah.
-I just — -And yet, you love hands.
You’ve always — A huge fan of hands.
-I actually am. -Yeah.
[ Laughter ] -Did you know that?
-No, I didn’t know that. -Oh, I thought maybe I tweeted
about it. [ Laughter ]
-You tweet about hands? -I actually am a very big fan
of — -Wow, so that’s so interesting
that you’re all — you’re — from here to here, you’re
like all about it. But from here to here,
nightmare. -I just feel like armpit —
it’s like you look like a raw chicken in a sink.
It’s just — -Yeah.
[ Laughter ] And was that — were you
preparing raw chicken in a sink one day when you thought, “I could make
a detachable sleeve company”? -Yeah, no. Actually, this was
born out of necessity. I was doing red carpets,
trying to find a dress. Running to Macy’s,
running to Nordstrom, anything that I liked
was sleeveless. And then I would ruin it
with a blazer or a — -Yeah.
[ Light laughter ] -Or a, you know,
a shrug or a shawl. And so, I — My mother helped me
fashion the first pair. And then we —
we kind of ran with it. So, these are —
these are available. -I’m very, very impressed.
-Thank you. -And thank you so much
for being here. Congratulations so much
on the show. It is just a delight.
[ Cheers and applause ] Alex Borstein, everybody.
-Beautiful.

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97 thoughts on “Alex Borstein Flew In from Barcelona to Audition for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

  • December 11, 2019 at 12:04 pm
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    Love you Alex. I still watch Ms. Sean videos for a belly laugh. Great talent!

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  • December 11, 2019 at 12:04 pm
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    I am also a big fan of "napping". I have been doing it for years. Now that I am retired I get to "nap" a couple of times a day, sometimes up to 4 times within a 24 hour period. Yes, big fan of napping.

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  • December 11, 2019 at 12:08 pm
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    Barcelona is such a beautiful city. I want to move there myself.

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  • December 11, 2019 at 12:12 pm
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    Major crush on Alex! 😍

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  • December 11, 2019 at 12:20 pm
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    Love her so much. She's so funny and not pretentious at all.

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  • December 11, 2019 at 12:20 pm
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    I'm still waiting for Bunny Swan's bio-pic.

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  • December 11, 2019 at 12:21 pm
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    "I want my kids to learn spanish, so I moved to Catalunya."

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  • December 11, 2019 at 12:35 pm
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    I love her detachable sleeve idea!!

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  • December 11, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    I want to protest against that Hungarian language is useless, but has to agreed. If you know Spanish for example you can use that practice to understand Neo-Latins. But I very happy that she have connection to our country, and my city as well!

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  • December 11, 2019 at 1:18 pm
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    She is just the best

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  • December 11, 2019 at 1:40 pm
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    Most people in Catalunya speak catalan even though they can speak Spanish. I live in Madrid, adults don't take naps.

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  • December 11, 2019 at 1:47 pm
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    I think the Spanish Inquisition may have negatively affected the number of Jews in Barcelona…

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  • December 11, 2019 at 1:49 pm
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    Barçelona

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  • December 11, 2019 at 1:59 pm
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    lmao hungarian is beauuuutiful (not! 🤪)

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  • December 11, 2019 at 2:02 pm
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    I'ma Lizzie & Madtv fan!! 😀

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  • December 11, 2019 at 2:04 pm
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    That sleeve thing is GENIUS!!!

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  • December 11, 2019 at 2:08 pm
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    One of the stars of 2004's hitmovie Catwoman!

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  • December 11, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    Alex was my girl when she was on mad tv

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  • December 11, 2019 at 2:31 pm
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    The writing for her character in Season 3 is atrocious. They made her so annoying that I ended up muting her whenever she came on screen.

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  • December 11, 2019 at 2:43 pm
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    She plays Susie SO WELL that it is weird to see her being this fancy and wearing stylish clothes

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  • December 11, 2019 at 2:55 pm
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    Love the cap sleeve idea!

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  • December 11, 2019 at 2:58 pm
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    Her hair is absolutely gorgeous

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  • December 11, 2019 at 3:04 pm
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    "ahhhhhh he looka like a man"

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  • December 11, 2019 at 3:04 pm
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    I look at her so differently after Aries Spears talked about how racist she is.

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  • December 11, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    Still a plump lil snack lmao loved her since MadTV

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  • December 11, 2019 at 3:11 pm
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    quote from alex borstein's twitter account: If every chick sat down when using a public toilet then we could all sit down. Hovering only leads to your piss on the seat. Stop it.
    perfect. true. stole it (with citation).

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  • December 11, 2019 at 3:18 pm
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    how do you attach these sleeves? sewing? velcro? snap button?

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  • December 11, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    Henable! That's amazing!!

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  • December 11, 2019 at 4:56 pm
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    Love her!!!

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  • December 11, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Could her take on arms and armpits be any more Jewish?

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  • December 11, 2019 at 5:35 pm
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    Seems a bit of a niche market…

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  • December 11, 2019 at 5:55 pm
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    I love her!!!

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  • December 11, 2019 at 6:31 pm
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    I have had a crazy crush on Alex ever since MadTV. 😍

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  • December 11, 2019 at 6:41 pm
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    She is one of my favorite characters on TV presently.
    She makes Mrs. Maisel 100x better.

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  • December 11, 2019 at 7:05 pm
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    Donnie needs a nap for sure… I wonder how much of his behaviour trouble could be addressed with some simple naptime.

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  • December 11, 2019 at 7:08 pm
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    "I have to see that show…"

    -My 14 year old daughter.

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  • December 11, 2019 at 7:20 pm
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    Barcelona is the perfect city

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  • December 11, 2019 at 8:10 pm
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    that hairrrr

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  • December 11, 2019 at 8:56 pm
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    Actors and hands, weird: 5:00. Shia LaBoeuf and Kristen Stewart, too: https://youtu.be/GDUIZqXNk-M?t=219

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  • December 11, 2019 at 9:15 pm
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    Susie Myerson and Associates are making sleeves now? I guess being Midge's manager didn't bring enough money.

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  • December 11, 2019 at 10:28 pm
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    I've been a fan of Asked Borstien since her MadTV days. That whole cast were just hilarious!!

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  • December 11, 2019 at 10:32 pm
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    Ugh she is just so amazing!

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  • December 11, 2019 at 10:42 pm
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    Alex is so awesome!

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  • December 11, 2019 at 11:09 pm
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    L'chaim from Jacova 11…I worked on the editing of Jacob's Ladder…Brian Tarantina actor from Jacob's Ladder died 11.2.2019 in apt 11…Last role Jackie in Mrs. Maisel …In Kaballah 112 refers to Jacob wrestling with the angel by the river in Jordan…Blessings from Jacova/ Jackie

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  • December 11, 2019 at 11:19 pm
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    The detachable sleeves are honestly a million dollar idea I love it

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  • December 11, 2019 at 11:39 pm
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    Wow she's so #relatable. I feel like we'd be besties xD ❤️

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  • December 12, 2019 at 1:25 am
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    I bet her arms were tired afterward.

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  • December 12, 2019 at 1:39 am
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    The audience was not enamored of her. Perhaps due to her supercilious attitude.

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  • December 12, 2019 at 2:10 am
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    Did she call Saoirse Ronan's armpits disgusting??? I'd lick them is a no brainier. I love her in Family Guy though.

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  • December 12, 2019 at 2:13 am
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    Remember when Aries Spears said she was the most racist lady he’s ever met?

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  • December 12, 2019 at 3:01 am
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    As an actual person from Barcelona: It's not pronounced "Barthelona" in Catalan, it's actually pretty similar to how you say "Barcelona" in English. So you're correcting yourselves/others for nothing. And no, not everybody naps at midday. In fact, most people don't, but some do. Nobody I know naps during weekdays.

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  • December 12, 2019 at 3:09 am
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    I love her!!

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  • December 12, 2019 at 3:49 am
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    She's a kook!

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  • December 12, 2019 at 4:23 am
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    LOL, that's a great language if you want to speak without anyone understanding it in the room 😀

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  • December 12, 2019 at 5:24 am
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    Preshey vanderbot say ointment

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  • December 12, 2019 at 6:03 am
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    Finally a guest I recognize! Even though I'll never remember her name.

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  • December 12, 2019 at 12:14 pm
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    Alex Borstein is TRULY marvellous. (Apropos of attachable sleeves: one cannot enter a Catholic church in Europe with bare arms. Attachable sleeves solve this!! Brava, Ms Bernstein!!)

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  • December 12, 2019 at 1:19 pm
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    Obsessed w her

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  • December 12, 2019 at 2:13 pm
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    She is delightful.

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  • December 12, 2019 at 2:13 pm
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    It's not pretentious it's Catalan. A very non pretentious and disgruntled sect of Spain. I love you Alex. I bet you live in Tibidabo.

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  • December 12, 2019 at 2:20 pm
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    Damn yo, Alex seems so normal. I bet it's cuz she no longer lives in the US.

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  • December 12, 2019 at 2:42 pm
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    I nap a lot!

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  • December 12, 2019 at 2:58 pm
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    I would run up to her and say "MS SWAN!!" She was hilarious on Mad TV

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  • December 12, 2019 at 4:15 pm
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    Omg that’s awesome! I totally relate to that problem. I always like sleeveless things but arms are just so chicken cutlet-y

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  • December 12, 2019 at 4:15 pm
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    Also, outfit and hair on POINT

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  • December 12, 2019 at 7:57 pm
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    Miss swan you've come so far

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  • December 12, 2019 at 8:32 pm
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    Alex rules!

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  • December 12, 2019 at 10:35 pm
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    Ms. Swan

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  • December 12, 2019 at 10:47 pm
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    When I was younger and went to Greece to see my family, we took naps too. It's wonderful. My uncle would end his work day at 2, come home, and everyone took a little nap. Sometimes me and my cousins would stay up and play cards, but the adults always took a nap.

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  • December 12, 2019 at 11:18 pm
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    Ms Schwan was the best.
    He looka lika man
    HA-LARIOUS

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  • December 12, 2019 at 11:58 pm
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    Miss Swan!

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  • December 13, 2019 at 1:22 am
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    That's so funny that she pronounced Barcelona with the "c" Castellana. It's funny that the Latin-American world don't pronounce it that way, it's just them in Spain. If you speak Spanish you'll get this. I once met a woman who's name was Alicia. She is Spaniard. As soon as I said, "Nice to meet you Alicia." She said, "It's Alicia with a 'c'. " So the rest of the day at the place we were doing volunteer work I called, "Alisia with a c." 😇

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  • December 13, 2019 at 1:26 am
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    Love her so much. She’s hilarious and gorgeous.

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  • December 13, 2019 at 2:04 am
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    I love her. I can’t believe she had to audition for it especially her relationship with Amy but I love that she earned it. Alex is the most underrated talent. She is amazing.

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  • December 13, 2019 at 4:24 am
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    A freakin men – America needs to nap

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  • December 13, 2019 at 4:28 am
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    Jewish? Ewwwwwww!

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  • December 13, 2019 at 4:36 am
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    My kinda woman ❤️😘😘

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  • December 13, 2019 at 5:25 am
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    She does look great. I’m gonna start napping.

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  • December 13, 2019 at 6:13 am
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    I love them! and my arms will love them too!

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  • December 13, 2019 at 4:35 pm
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    She’s fabulous
    Like her vibe

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  • December 13, 2019 at 5:07 pm
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    Totally true, Hungarian is very beautiful language, but as my wife says, unless you're Hungarian, it is a useless language to learn. Doesn't stop me though!

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  • December 13, 2019 at 5:21 pm
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    We have a beautiful, but useless language? Come on! If you can learn hungarian, you can learn anything:)

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  • December 13, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    People didn’t appreciate her product enough
    Plenty of women have arm insecurities, kudos to her

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  • December 13, 2019 at 5:50 pm
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    I love her!

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  • December 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    I love her !

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  • December 13, 2019 at 6:31 pm
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    Love you Alex!

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  • December 13, 2019 at 7:16 pm
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    does she record her Family Guy lines in Barcelona?

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  • December 13, 2019 at 11:44 pm
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    i really like susie she is my fav character

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  • December 14, 2019 at 12:31 am
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    I have become a fan of her Hanabees! I refuse to wear sleeveless dresses or gowns for the same reason. But she only has them in black. I wish she had them in other colors as well.

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  • December 14, 2019 at 12:58 am
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    I would love to move out of this Country. It's pretty scary now

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  • December 14, 2019 at 1:06 am
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    She's an excellent Suzie!!!!!

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  • December 14, 2019 at 1:28 am
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    Audience was trash.

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  • December 14, 2019 at 2:13 am
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    Loved her since Ms swan. I was too young to be watching Mad Tv, probably. Definitely contributed to my sense of humor

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  • December 14, 2019 at 8:43 am
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    She looks gorgeous! And thank god she flew in from Barcelona for that audition 🙏🏽 couldn’t imagine the show without her as Susie (or any of the cast as their respective roles)!!!

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  • December 14, 2019 at 12:17 pm
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    She's delightful. I like the sleeve product too.

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  • December 14, 2019 at 3:08 pm
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    I"ll say it. Out once and for all. I hated season 3. Period.

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  • December 14, 2019 at 4:21 pm
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    She light weight bitchy but I love it 🥰

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