Jeffrey Foxworthy is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, author and television and radio personality. He is a member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, a comedy troupe which also comprises Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, and Ron White. Known for his “You might be a redneck” one-liners he is a true son of the south. That lineage gives him license to say things out loud that no “Yankee” could ever say. Having spent over twenty years in the south I came to appreciate the culture and the humor that goes with it. My #1 favorite “Red Neck” joke of all times goes like this: you might be a red neck, if your family tree doesn’t split. Enough said.
I just got thru watching a two-season binge of a show that might not be high on the radar of non-southerners. It was powerful and both timely and exquisitely done. The wide range of subject matter and feelings takes you from belly laughs to aghast all in a nano second.
One Mississippi is a semi-autobiographical American comedy television series created by comedian Tig Notaro and Diablo Cody. The pilot episode, directed by Nicole Holofcener, aired on Amazon Prime on November 5, 2015, and was picked up for a full series after positive feedback from audiences. One Mississippi premiered on September 9, 2016. On November 14, 2016, Amazon renewed the show for a second season, which was released on Amazon on September 8, 2017. On January 18, 2018, the series was canceled after two seasons which Amazon explained as “part of a move towards bigger, wider-audience series”. Tig Notaro was actually glad the show wasn’t picked up for a third season because she wanted to separate herself from the show’s executive producer Louis C.K.
Mathilde “Tig” O’Callaghan Notaro is an American stand-up comic, writer, radio contributor, and actress. She is known for her dry humor comedy. Her acclaimed album Live was nominated in 2014 for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
Notaro was diagnosed with cancer in both breasts on July 30, 2012. On August 3, she addressed her cancer diagnosis and other personal difficulties during her live stage show at Largo in Los Angeles. The set has been described as “instantly legendary,” with many comedians praising her work.
The next day, comedian Louis C.K. called Notaro, telling her he wanted to release the audio of the show. She was uncomfortable with the idea at first but decided the material could help people, so she agreed. Louis C.K. made audio of the performance available that October for download on his site under the title Live. Notaro later released the audio (with booklet) on iTunes. Live ended up selling more copies than Kiss’ album Monster, which debuted the same week, something Notaro said she never dreamed could happen. She was a fan of the band in her youth.
Notaro subsequently had a double mastectomy with no reconstructive surgery. Notaro opted out of chemo but decided to continue treatment with hormone blocking. In November 2014, as part of the New York Comedy Festival, Notaro did a set at Town Hall in New York City wherein she performed part of the set topless. The New York Times described it: “She showed the audience her scars and then, through the force of her showmanship, made you forget that they were there. It was a powerful, even inspiring, statement about survival and recovery, and yet, it had the larky feel of a dare.” This show is a prime example of art imitating life.
The plot for One Mississippi goes like this : Los Angeles radio host Tig Bavaro returns to Bay St. Lucille, Mississippi, after receiving news that her mother, Caroline, will be taken off life support following an unexpected fall. Recovering from both a double mastectomy and a C. difficile infection, Tig moves in temporarily alongside her brother Remy and her stepfather, Bill. While caring for family affairs after Caroline’s death, Tig learns about her mother’s past as it was lived, rather than as Tig first remembered it, and in doing so rediscovers life in Bay St. Lucille. To say she stands out in this little southern town is an understatement.
The show is steeped with sex and love addiction, trauma, racial tension, LGBTQIA discrimination, North/South divide, sexual abuse, the civil war and the first amendment issues, all against the backdrop of humor and real life. This show will make you think, feel, scratch your head, yell, and cry. Hopefully if you haven’t already, it will get you to vote. It’s our duty and obligation.
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