Tig Notaro Finds It ‘Extremely Disappointing’ That Louis C.K.’s ‘SNL’ Short Is So Similar To Hers

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04.12.17 21 Comments

Pennywise isn’t the only clown causing chaos.

Comedian Tig Notaro is “extremely” disappointed that SNL‘s “Birthday Clown” sketch, in which host Louis C.K. hires a clown to cheer him up, has a lot in common with her “Clown Service,” in which she hires a clown to cheer her up. In a statement released to Entertainment Weekly, Notaro brought up the “p” word — “plagiarizing” — and mentioned that she “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.”

While it’s true “Birthday Clown” and “Clown Service” share a similar premise, the execution is different. For one thing, only one ends with a clown getting murdered. Also, it seems unlikely that C.K., who released her album Live on his website and is listed as an executive producer on Amazon’s One Mississippi, would knowingly rip-off Notaro, although she notes “Louis C.K. and I have not communicated in any way for nearly a year and a half.”

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