Did SNL Plagiarize Tig Notaro’s Short Film?
Louis CK’s SNL episode last week was filled with a lot of stand out moments — O’Reilly interviewing Trump as both played by Alec Baldwin was one — and another was a short film wherein Louis CK is a middle aged man who orders a party clown — played by Bobby Moynihan — for his very own self. It was charming, but with apparently a terrible issue — it may have been plagiarized from a short film by Tig Notaro titled Clown Service.
Tig Notaro, the renowned comedian who has worked with Louis CK on her album Live and One Mississippi, has realized the substantial similarities between her short film and SNL’s short — the plot for one — involving a lonely individual ordering a clown for himself and watching passively as the clown does its shtick. Secondly— even a few key shots are the same, most notably of the individual watching the clown.
Tig released a statement on the matter. Here is a part of it from Entertainment Weekly —
“While I don’t know how all this actually happened, I did find it extremely disappointing… I have recently learned that a writer/director who was fully aware of Clown Service when I was making it, actually worked on Louis C.K.’s clown sketch that is in question….. And finally, I never gave anyone permission to use anything from my film.”
Tig notes she hasn’t spoken to Louis CK in a year and a half. Here’s hoping the matter is resolved soon.
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