A day on set in the Gilded Cage of the Upper East Side with Jill Kargman, the laugh-riot creator and fish-out-of-water inspiration behind Odd Mom Out—TV’s most underrated comedy.
A parade of preternaturally attractive extras in cocktail dresses and bespoke suits are filing into the Upper East Sides Hayward House. Were it not for the champagne flutes they dutifully pick up on their way into the Odd Mom Out set, it would be nearly impossible to tell them apart from the smattering of couples in gowns and tails on the sidewalk heading out to do whatever it is people who dress like that and live on 72nd and Park do on a Friday night.
A catwalks distance away from an orgy of designer clothes and confidence is Odd Mom Out star, creator, and writer Jill Kargman. The titular inspiration for the Bravo comedy is gabbing a mile-a-minute from her trailer amidst a sea of discarded bras and a red wine stained puffy comforter she uses to nap between takes.
Is it hot in here? Im going through menopause in this trailer, she says, instructing me to crack the door open if Im schvitzing my balls off. Then she explains away the red wine stain: its the byproduct of an unfortunate explosion after the bottle froze on a chilly night.
Kargman is in the exhausting trenches of shooting the second season of Odd Mom Out, Bravos first-ever scripted comedy, loosely based on Kargmans experience growing up and raising her three children in Manhattans equal parts fascinating and ludicrous Upper East Side.
Shes walking me through the seasons fourth episode, which airs Monday night as part of a double-header on Bravoand which shes in the midst of shooting a chaotic party scene for in the spectacular mansion around the corner.
Fawning over the location as the prettiest the show has ever filmed in, she explains how production landed it, all the while perfectly illustrating her unique position as an outsider who is still so very much an insider.
I had a book party for Drew, my sister-in-law, sort of she begins, referring to actress Drew Barrymore, who, until recently, was married to Kargmans brother. Sisters for life! Kargman laughs sheepishly. Indeed, Barrymore will guest star on this season of her show.
Marin Hopper, daughter of actor Dennis Hopper, attended the party, and told Kargman how much she loved season one of the show, offering up for production the Upper East Side mansion she had refashioned as a shop for her line of jewelry and handbags. And so here we are.