“It didn’t ever dawn on me that this would become a TV show,” reveals Tig Notaro during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above) about “One Mississippi.” The comedienne co-created this Amazon original with Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (“Juno”), basing it on her own experiences of battling cancer, breaking up with her girlfriend, and returning home following the sudden death of her mother. “That it would be considered a comedy of any sort” was just as surprising.
In creating this series, Notaro “wanted to be able to tell my story, but also not know where my story was going to go,” having already dealt with the facts in a documentary (“Tig”) and a book (“I’m Just a Person”). “The fun part was to be able to write different endings to things,” she adds. Although the material is decidedly dark, “a lot of the comedy is born out of real moments.”
Notaro received her first Emmy nomination last year for writing her comedy special “Boyish Girl Interrupted.” She has also competed at the Grammys for Best Comedy Album (“Live” in 2014). The pilot for “One Mississippi” already brought her and Cody a WGA nom for Best Episodic Comedy; are the Emmys next?
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