When Rosie O'Donnell and I worked together as VJs on VH1 in the late 80s, she liked my VJ bits and urged me to try stand-up comedy. I went to see her onstage a couple of times and, frankly, I didn't think stand-up was for me. She and I shared a small VH1 office that had only one phone (this was before cellphones) and I often heard her argue with club managers about bookings, time slots and travel plans to non-famous clubs in other parts of the country. I saw the behind the scenes life of stand-up comedians and it is not glamorous. It's grueling. Besides, because I'm funny conversationally or in TV segments doesn't mean that I'll be great onstage in a comedy club. That's a different animal. We see that in Tig. We hear how she came to choose comedy as a profession. We see her travel, get onstage and bomb before she hits material that works.
This week came news that Amazon will star Tig Notaro in a semi-autobiographical comedy series. Tig will co-write it with Diablo Cody (Juno) and Louis C.K. will be one of the show's executive producers.