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Former Pass Christian resident Tig Notaro returns ‘home’ with Amazon series

Tig Notaro is the star of ‘One Mississippi,’ a new Amazon series. Notaro was at the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Tig Notaro is the star of ‘One Mississippi,’ a new Amazon series. Notaro was at the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. AP

One of Pass Christian’s most famous former residents will be returning to her roots, sort of, when her online series drops in September.

And no, “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts isn’t, to my knowledge, coming home and receiving the keys to the city. No, this about the Pass’s other famous daughter.

“One Mississippi,” a bittersweet sitcom starring Tig Notaro and based on her standup comedy, hits the Amazon Prime streaming service on Sept. 9. The series has 10 half-hour episodes and the pilot episode debuted last year.

Much like Notaro’s standup comedy, the trailer for the series looks as if it’s going to attempt to find the comedy in sadness and pain.

Notaro is no stranger to sadness and pain. In a time period of four months in 2012, Notaro was hospitalized with an intestinal bacterial infection, her mother died and she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer, which led to a double mastectomy.

The former writer for “Inside Amy Schumer” decided to deal with her grief and anger through her comedy. During a show at the Los Angeles club Largo during the summer of 2012, Notaro opened her now legendary set with the words, “Hello. I have cancer.”

Earlier this year, Notaro released her autobiography, “I’m Just a Person,” which starts with her losing her mother, Susie, just hours after she was released from a hospital where she was being treated for her intestinal infection. It’s a brutally honest, heartbreaking chapter about how lost she was in the minutes after her mother died.

The trailer for “One Mississippi” paints a fictionalized account of Notaro coming home to Mississippi to “pull the plug” on her dying mother.

In the trailer, you’ll notice a familiar scene — the Live oaks along U.S. 90 in Pass Christian.

And while that scene is most definitely the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the rest of the show is being shot in, gasp, Texas. “One Mississippi” was not shot on location in Pass Christian.

Hopefully, Notaro will return to the Pass sooner rather than later. She and her wife, Stephanie Allynne, are now the proud parents of twin boys, Max and Finn. I’m sure that she will be bringing the babies down often to see where she was raised and where their grandmother once lived.

Notaro’s latest comedy album, “Boyish Girl Interrupted,” was released last week.

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