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Tig Notaro distances herself from Louis C.K., says he needs to address harassment rumors
Rumors of misconduct have followed C.K. for years.
The second season of One Mississippi, which is based loosely on Notaro’s life, is set to debut next month, and the Daily Beast article notes that one of the storylines involves an incident of sexual misconduct in the workplace. In her interview, Notaro said C.K. should “handle” rumors of his own misconduct, which have followed him for years.
In 2012, Gawker ran a blind item asking, “Which Beloved Comedian Likes to Force Female Comics to Watch Him Jerk Off?” and in 2015, it followed it up with a piece in which a tipster named C.K. in an alleged incident. Last year, comedian Roseanne Barr told the Daily Beast: “It’s Louis C.K., locking the door and masturbating in front of women comics and writers. I can’t tell you—I’ve heard so many stories. Not just him, but a lot of them. And it’s just par for the course. It’s just shit women have to put up with.” Comedian Jen Kirkman also alluded to being harassed by a male comedian, with many drawing lines to C.K.
In the Daily Beast interview, Notaro said, “It’s serious to be harassed. It’s serious, it’s serious, it’s serious.” In a 2016 Vulture interview, C.K. briefly addressed the allegations, saying, “If you need your public profile to be all positive, you’re sick in the head. I do the work I do, and what happens next I can’t look after. So my thing is that I try to speak to the work whenever I can. Just to the work and not to my life.”
Furthering this divide, it was pointed out in April that an SNL skit about a clown service, featuring host C.K., was very similar to a Notaro short from 2015. In a statement about the sketch, Notaro said she was “extremely” disappointed but that she and C.K. had not spoken in a year and a half. C.K. helped raise Notaro’s profile after he put her revelatory 2012 Largo set on his website.
Addressing the harassment storyline, which involves a man forcing a woman to watch him masturbate, Notaro said: “It’s an ongoing issue and in the writers’ room we were very open about the different levels of harassment or assault that we’ve witnessed or experienced.”
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H/T Daily Beast
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.