Published Aug 23, 2017On paper, it may look like comedians Tig Notaro and Louis C.K. are close friends. After all, it was C.K. who launched Notaro to superstardom with the release of her Tig Notaro Live special, and he has worked as an executive producer on her show One Mississippi. That said, Notaro wants to make it very clear that she has nothing to do with C.K. Further, she doesn't take sexual misconduct allegations against the male comedian lightly.
In a new interview with the Daily Beast, Notaro clarified that despite a producer credit, One Mississippi does not involve C.K. in any way. The publication printed the following:
"It's frustrating, because he has nothing to do with the show," Notaro adds. And that frustration is apparent in her voice. "But I don't waste my time on him or what anyone thinks. His name is on it. But we are writing the show, the writers' room. We're sitting in editing. We're acting. We're on set. We're doing press. And everyone that's directly involved in the show works very hard. They are decent, talented human beings. And I feel lucky to be surrounded by them." "But yeah, he has nothing to do with the show," Notaro repeats for the third time, without using C.K.'s name.
Season 2 of One Mississippi contains a scene where a character is "forced to sit and watch as a man in power surreptitiously masturbates in front of her in the workplace." This description is almost identical to the multiple allegations that C.K. liked to force young female comics to watch him masturbate. Comedian Jen Kirkman once discussed a "known perv" comedian, suggesting the C.K. rumours were true, and Roseanne Barr added that she had also heard multiple stories about C.K.'s misconduct.
In the interview with Daily Beast, Notaro said that she and C.K. had "an incident" before One Mississippi even started, but she declined to give any details. She said they hadn't spoken since the incident, before offering the following statement on the comedian's sexual misconduct allegations.
I think it's important to take care of that, to handle that, because it's serious to be assaulted. It's serious to be harassed. It's serious, it's serious, it's serious.
And that's what we want to do with this show. We of course want to create comedy, but we also really, really feel like we have the opportunity to do something with One Mississippi, because it does not stop. And, you know, I walk around doing shows at comedy clubs and you just hear from people left and right of what some big-shot comedian or person has done. People just excuse it.
This isn't the first time Notaro has expressed some disappointment with C.K. this year. In April, she said it was "extremely disappointing" when C.K. appeared to plagiarize her "Clown Service" sketch in an episode of Saturday Night Live.