Famously, Louis C.K. heard comic Tig Notaro’s 2012 standup act in LA — which opened with “Good evening, hello, I have cancer” — and was blown away. The next morning, he tweeted, “In 27 years doing this, I’ve seen a handful of truly great masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro last night.” He posted the set on his website for $5, and he later became an executive producer on the Amazon series that Notaro created based on her act, “One Mississippi.” He helped her break through.
But it turns out that the much-noted relationship between the two comics has not weathered well. In April, Notaro accused C.K. of plagiarizing from her 2015 short film “Clown Service” for a sketch he did on “Saturday Night Live.” And at that time she noted that she and C.K. had not spoken in a year and a half.
Now, with the second season of “One Mississippi” premiering next month and Notaro doing advance press, the rift is taking a darker turn. In an interview with the Daily Beast, Notaro says it’s hard to see C.K.’s name still listed in the credits. “It’s frustrating, because he has nothing to do with the show,” she says. She adds they haven’t spoken since “an incident,” but she won’t explain what it was.
Notaro talks about how the new episodes of “One Mississippi” have a character dealing with sexual misconduct. The Daily Beast interviewer notes that it’s the same kind of misconduct the now-gone Gawker twice accused C.K. of. “I think it’s important to take care of that, to handle that, because it’s serious to be assaulted,” Notaro says about the C.K. rumors and his non-response response. (“I try to speak to the work whenever I can,” he had said. “Just to the work and not to my life.”)
So that sweet story of one comic helping another, forming a lifelong creative bond? Alas, not as sweet as we might have thought, with no happy ending in sight.Matthew Gilbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.