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Tig Notaro’s Animated Stand-Up Special Hits HBO This Summer

Groundbreaking, first-ever fully animated stand-up show, produced by Ellen DeGeneres and animated by Six Point Harness, will also stream on HBO Max.

Emmy and Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian, Tig Notaro (HBO’s Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted), is returning to HBO this summer with the first-ever fully animated stand-up special. The announcement was made by Nina Rosenstein, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming. The special also be available to stream on HBO Max.

Ellen DeGeneres serves as an executive producer, marking her third collaboration with Notaro; DeGeneres executive produced Notaro’s 2018 Netflix special Tig Notaro Happy To Be Here, and Notaro co-directed DeGeneres’ Netflix special, Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable the same year.  

Notaro selected leading animation studio Six Point Harness to produce the animation for the special, building on its innovative work on such diverse film, TV, and digital projects as the Oscar-winning short Hair Love, the critically lauded series Lazor Wulf, Guava Island, and Waffles + Mochi with Michelle Obama.

“Tig is truly an original and this animated special solidifies her status as an artist who constantly transcends expectations,” said Rosenstein. “We’re so excited to have her back on HBO with this fresh take on stand-up.”

“After having had the pleasure of seeing bits and pieces of my comedy animated over the years by some talented artists, I became DRAWN to the idea of creating a fully animated hour,” said Notaro. “Stand-up can be a very solitary art form, so combining it with a collaborative years-long creative effort was such a joyful experience. I'm so proud of this special and can't wait for everyone to be fully vaccinated watching with their Nana.”

“I’m so excited for everyone to see Tig’s new special,” DeGeneres added. “I told her since it was animated that we should have Dory in it, but she awkwardly changed the subject.  But it’s still hilarious.”

Named by Rolling Stone as one of the "50 best stand-up comics of all time," Notaro currently appears in Star Trek: Discovery as Commander Jett Reno, appeared opposite Octavia Spencer in the Paramount Pictures comedy Instant Family, and has a role in the upcoming Zack Snyder Las Vegas zombie heist film, Army of the Dead. She also wrote and starred in the groundbreaking TV show One Mississippi, and hosts an advice podcast, Don't Ask Tig, produced by American Public Media.

The special is written by Notaro; directed by Greg Franklin; executive produced by Notaro, DeGeneres, Franklin, Thomas Ouellette, Hunter Seidman, Jeff Kleeman, and Brendan Burch; produced by Rachel Abarbanell; and produced for HBO by DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production and Notaro’s ZeroDollarsandZeroSense productions.

Source: HBO

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