Comedian Tig Notaro has spoken out about a short film that Louis C.K. appeared in last weekend on “Saturday Night Live” that closely mirrors a film she made called “Clown Service.”
In the “SNL” sketch, called “Birthday Clown,” the Newton-bred C.K. hires a clown, played by cast member Bobby Moynihan, to cheer him up — which is the same premise as Notaro’s short film. Notaro, in a statement to Entertainment Weekly, said she found the “SNL” sketch to be “extremely disappointing,” and that a “writer/director” who worked on the “SNL” sketch knew of Notaro’s “Clown Service.”
Notaro says she has screened the film at a variety of festivals around the country and continues to show it while on a national tour.
Notaro also said that she hasn’t communicated with C.K. in almost a year and a half, despite the fact that both comedians are involved in the Amazon series “One Mississippi” — Notaro as the star, producer, and one of the show’s writers, and C.K. as an executive producer.
“I never gave anyone permission to use anything from my film,” Notaro said in her statement to EW. “I hesitated to even address any of this, but I think it is only right to defend my work and ideas and moving forward, I plan to continue screening ‘Clown Service’ with the joy and pride I always have.”
C.K. has not responded to Notaro’s claims.
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