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Tig Notaro announces animated HBO comedy special

Tig Notaro
Tig Notaro
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If her cool-defining appearance in the trailer for Zack Snyder’s Army Of The Dead was your first exposure to Tig Notaro, prepare to be mildly confused and/or disappointed (though you shouldn’t be): HBO announced today that it’s giving her a new comedy special, and in a somewhat odd twist, the whole thing’s going to be fully animated. HBO says this is going to be the first-ever animated stand-up special, though we’d like to see the math on that because surely someone out there has animated an entire stand-up special before. Animated specific bits or routines is pretty common, but nobody has said, “hey, let’s just do the whole thing” until now?

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Anyway, the special is going to be produced by Ellen DeGeneres, who said in a statement that she thought Notaro should put Dory in it since it’s going to be animated, which is… not that funny. Notaro, meanwhile, said in a statement of her own that she was “DRAWN to the idea of creating a fully animated hour” after seeing animated versions of her other stand-up work (a much funnier statement), and added that it was a “joyful experience” to turn a solitary art form like stand-up into a collaborative effort with input from all the people who worked on the animation. A press release says that part was handled by Six Point Harness, which has produced stuff like Hair Love, Lazor Wulf, and Waffles + Mochi. The special will be release on HBO and HBO Max this summer.