Rachel Brosnahan laughed when asked if growing up in Highland Park had helped “a nice Irish-American girl like you” channel the title character in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” the series that premieres Wednesday on Amazon Prime Video. “When I read the script, it seemed so familiar to me. I think that was a huge part of having grown up in Highland Park. I had been so welcomed into the Jewish culture and community. I certainly went to many, many seders, bat mitzvahs and bar mitzvahs. I could probably bar mitzvah you at this point,” the actress kidded this reporter. In the late 1950s, Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Brosnahan) is a happy upper-middle-class Jewish housewife living on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. When her husband unexpectedly leaves her, she discovers she has an innate gift as a stand-up comic — definitely a rarity for a woman in 1958. “It was unlike anything I had done before,” said Brosnahan. “Stand-up comedy is not a world I’m familiar with. The idea of doing this was absolutely horrifying and exhilarating at the same time.” Even though she grew up in Highland Park and frequently made trips downtown, Chicago’s world of improv comedy was not on the budding actress’ radar. “I mean, I love Second City, but I didn’t grow up going to it. But to prepare for this role I tapped into my true research nerd self — and loved transporting myself into this comedy world of the 1950s on New York’s Lower East Side. “I studied tapes of Lenny Bruce and especially Jean Carroll, a female comic from that era that not everybody knows about. She was amazing, a true pioneer for women who were stand-up comics,” said the actress, who added that watching old routines of Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller and even Don Rickles from that period was also a big help to her. The series also zeroes in on the role of women in the late 1950s. “If we’ve done our job correctly with this show, a modern audience will recognize how much has changed, but ironically how much has not changed. The series mirrors battles we’re still fighting today, like the question of what it means to be a woman. “Look, as we are talking, yet more examples of inappropriate sexual behavior by powerful men continue to come out