Emmy- and Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian Tig Notaro (HBO’s Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted) will return to HBO this summer with the first-ever fully animated stand-up special. Announced today by Nina Rosenstein, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming, the special will air on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max. Los Angeles-based studio Six Point Harness is producing the animation.
Ellen DeGeneres serves as an executive producer on the animated stand-up special, marking her third collaboration with Notaro. DeGeneres executive produced Notaro’s Netflix special Tig Notaro: Happy to Be Here in 2018, and Notaro co-directed DeGeneres’ Netflix special Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable the same year.
“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 yearslong 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,” said DeGeneres. “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 one of Rolling Stone‘s “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 film Army of the Dead. She wrote and starred in the groundbreaking TV show One Mississippi. Notaro also hosts an advice podcast, Don’t Ask Tig, produced by American Public Media.
Notaro selected acclaimed 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, as well as the critically lauded series Lazor Wulf, Guava Island, Waffles + Mochi and much more.
The special is written by Notaro, directed by Greg Franklin, executive produced by Notaro, DeGeneres, Thomas Ouellette, Hunter Seidman, Jeff Kleeman, Greg Franklin and Brendan Burch, and produced by Rachel Abarbanell; produced for HBO by DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production and Notaro’s ZeroDollarsandZeroSense productions.