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Yuk, Yuk, Yuk: Nurse Jackie Is a Comedian

Published August 30, 2010 3:29 PM by Valerie Newitt

Ah yes, venerable actress Edie Falco earned yet another Emmy last night, this time for her portrayal of Jackie Peyton, lead character in Showtime's critical hit, Nurse Jackie.

If you've seen the show, you know Jackie is not your every day nurse - you either love her street-smart, hard-hitting, smack-talking ways, or you find her an insult to nurses everywhere. And you also know what kind of topics are tackled: Adultery, addiction, loss and grief, sexual preferences, child psychology, and so much more.

But what you probably didn't know is Nurse Jackie is............. a comedy! Edie Falco took home her golden statuette for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series.

Granted the show is something like a two-fisted menu at a downtown Chinese restaurant - each episode delivers something from column A and column B, serving  some lighter (comedic?) moments from one side, along with the heavier situations that are inherent in hospital-based shows.

But c'mon, Emmy gods, you got this one wrong. Scrubs is a comedy. But Nurse Jackie? I've yet to watch an episode that makes me heave with laughter. But tears? That's a real possibility.


I have to tell you Val, I was really shocked that she won in the Comedy category also. While I do find some of it amusing in a "smirky" kind of way, I really don't see it as a comedic show either...

Pat Vee September 2, 2010 2:18 PM

Personally i find Nurse Jackie absolutely halarious. It has serious themes but that doesn't mean it can't be funny!

E August 31, 2010 1:22 AM

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