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Hacks

Debuting with two episodes on Thursday, May 13, Max Original Hacks explores a dark mentorship that forms between Deborah Vance (Jean Smart), a legendary Las Vegas comedian, and an entitled, outcast 25-year-old (Hannah Einbinder). The ten-episode season continues with two episodes each Thursday for four more weeks, and finales on June 10. In addition to Smart and Einbinder, HACKS stars series regular Carl Clemons-Hopkins and recurring guest stars Kaitlin Olson, Christopher McDonald, Paul W. Downs, Mark Indelicato, Poppy Liu, Johnny Sibilly, Meg Stalter and Rose Abdoo.

The series is created and showrun by Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky. It is executive produced by Downs and Aniello via their Paulilu banner, Statsky via First Thought Productions, as well as Emmy® winners Michael Schur via Fremulon, David Miner for 3 Arts Entertainment and Morgan Sackett. The studio is Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.

Featured Talent

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Jean Smart

Winner of three Emmys® and an additional six nominations, as well as a Tony® nomination, GRAMMY® nomination and Critics Choice Awards win, Jean Smart stars in the Max Original comedy series Hacks as legendary Las Vegas comedian “Deborah Vance” and the HBO limited series Mare of Easttown, portraying Kate Winslet’s mother. She recently received rave reviews for her performance as “Special Agent Laurie Blake” alongside Regina King, Jeremy Irons and Louis Gossett Jr. in the HBO series Watchmen, based on the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, for which she won the 2020 Critics Choice Award and received a 2020 Emmy nomination for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. During her career, Jean has showcased her talents alongside numerous top Hollywood actors on TV in Dirty John, Legion, Fargo, 24, Samantha Who?, Style and Substance, High Society, Designing Women, The District, Harry’s Law, as well as a two-time Emmy winning guest appearance on Frazier; in films including Senior MomentSuperintelligenceGarden State, Sweet Home Alabama, A Simple Favor, Guinevere, The Kid and Youth in Revolt; and on stage in Last Summer at Bluefish Cove and The Man Who Came to Dinner.

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Hannah Einbinder

Hannah Einbinder has quickly established herself as a highly sought-after actress and comedian. She can currently be seen starring in the HBO Max comedy series Hacks opposite Jean Smart as “Ava,” a young comedy writer who, after a Twitter controversy, lands the only job she can find: writing for legendary stand-up comic “Deborah Vance” (Smart) in Las Vegas. Hannah is receiving critical acclaim for her performance, with Entertainment Weekly noting “Einbinder, an LA-based stand-up comic tackling her first leading role, is immensely appealing as Ava. With her precision timing and bored California drawl, the actress brings such compelling confidence to her entitled, condescending character that it's all the more effective when Ava finally begins to face some hard truths about herself.”

Though the series marks Einbinder’s first major television role, she is no stranger to the comedy world and has owned the stage as a stand-up comedian at venues and festivals around the country. She was named a 2019 New Face of Comedy at Montreal’s prestigious Just For Laughs comedy festival and was highlighted as one of Vulture’s “Comics to Watch of 2019,” cementing herself as one of the wittiest emerging talents in the industry. Einbinder has opened for Chelsea Handler, Dana Gould, Demetri Martin and Reggie Watts, to name a few. She recently made her network television debut performing stand-up on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

She currently resides in Los Angeles.

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Carl Clemons-Hopkins

Carl Clemons-Hopkins is an actor who has worked in numerous theater productions including Hamilton (Chicago, 1st National) and Time is on Our Side (world premiere). Film and television credits include Canal Street, The Chi, Chicago Med, and Next. They will also be seen in the upcoming “spiritual sequel” to the horror film Candyman, produced by Jordan Peele and directed by Nia DaCosta. Carl is represented by Stewart Talent.

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