Comedian Tig Notaro earned her first Emmy nomination in 2016: Best Variety Special Writing for her stand-up special “Boyish Girl Interrupted.” When we talked to her last December about her new Amazon series “One Mississippi,” she remembered that nomination and how she had assumed it wasn’t going to happen. “When I first did the special people said, ‘See you at the Emmys!’ and I was like, ‘That’s hilarious,'” she said. “I’m not going to go into specifics, but I was basically told that there wasn’t a push behind my special for the Emmys … but then I was sitting at home and my friend ‘Oh, by the way, congrats on your Emmy nomination’ … I had no idea. How did it feel? I was shocked.” Watch our interview with Notaro above.
Notaro followed that Emmy nomination with a Grammy bid for “Boyish Girl Interrupted,” and now she could be on her way back to the Emmys with “One Mississippi.” The series is semi-autobiographical, taking the broad outline of her own life experiences — including a bout with cancer and the death of her mother — and skewing them. “I get to fictionalize things,” she explained, “and I’m not quite sure even where my story is going. It’s all based in truth, but it spins out with the help of other writers in the writers room.”
Notaro penned the pilot episode with Oscar winner Diablo Cody (“Juno”), and the pair received a Writers Guild Award nomination for Best Episodic Comedy. Now Notaro could potentially earn another writing nomination at the 2017 Emmys, not to mention Best Comedy Actress for her leading performance and Best Comedy Series as a producer — just as long as “One Mississippi” isn’t too successful. “It doesn’t appeal to me to be in front of the masses, so I kind of like that I get to fly under the radar a bit on Amazon,” she said. “I’m sure they want it to be to the masses, but I’m enjoying it.”
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