Well, add this to the list of depressing things from the past couple days. You know how we're always told the world always tries to pit women against each other? It turns out Amy Schumer and Tig Notaro -- comedians I adore and whom I'd hitherto thought adored each other -- seem to be on the outs. Only something tells me Amy doesn't even know about it.
In an interview with The Guardian, Notaro seems to be unusually thin-skinned and looking to be offended:
I tell her I was struck by something Amy Schumer once said to Vanity Fair about Notaro: “Looking masculine and being gay, the challenges of the road are 20 times harder for Tig than other female comedians. People fear what they don’t understand.” Has she found that to be true?Kinda sad. I liked the idea of them being best friends but wanting nothing to do with me! Still looking forward to the full season of Tig's show on Amazon. "Inside Amy Schumer" has been pretty damn good this time around.
Anger sparks in Notaro’s normally calm eyes. “I don’t know what she was talking about. It sounds like offensive nonsense to me. I find that so offensive and weird,” she says, looking down, trying to control her very audible irritation. “If you knew me well, you would never say that.”
I thought the two of you were friends, I say, surprised. Schumer has spoken in the past about taking care of her “great friend Tig”.
“Ummm…” Notaro says, looking away. Did you just work with her? The atmosphere, previously relaxed, has palpably prickled.
“I’ve worked with her. I worked with her for the first season [of Inside Amy Schumer],” she replies curtly. Ironically, the episode in which Notaro appeared was about Schumer exaggerating their friendship and using Notaro’s cancer to look good in front of other people.
“Let’s leave it there,” Notaro says, closing down the subject.