Nicole Holofcener (‘One Mississippi’ director) on blending comedy and tragedy in Tig Notaro series

“I just jumped on it,” reveals Nicole Holofcener during our recent interview when asked about her involvement with Tig Notaro‘s “One Mississippi.” The comedienne co-created this Amazon original with Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (“Juno”), basing it on her own experiences of returning home following the sudden death of her mother. Holofcener directed the first three episodes, calling the experience, “a great opportunity.”

Throughout her career, Holofcener has often sought to find humor within life’s harsher moments. “I think inherently, Tig is hilarious, and is going to treat even a tragedy with comedy, with a lot of humanity,” she divulges. Of course, she adds, “it’s a matter of taste,” and the script by Cody and Notaro, “was in good taste. Sometimes that blend is… awkward and uncomfortable and icky, and this wasn’t. This was really well done.”

Holofcener made her directorial debut with the independent feature “Walking and Talking” in 1996. She received a WGA nomination for her film “Please Give” (2010), which also won the Robert Altman Award and competed for Best Screenplay at the Independent Spirits. She has contended at the Indie Spirits an additional four times: Best Director and Best Screenplay for “Lovely & Amazing” (2001), and Best Screenplay for “Friends with Money” (2006) and “Enough Said” (2013). Her television work includes episodes of “Sex and the City,” “Six Feet Under,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

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