Comedian Tig Notaro is accusing Louis C.K. and ‘SNL’ of stealing the ‘Birthday Clown’ sketch, from a recent episode of the show, from a short film she created ‘Clown Service’.
Notaro released a statement to Entertainment Weekly:
“It has been impossible for me to ignore the cacophony of voices reaching out personally and publicly about the potential plagiarizing of my film Clown Service (a film that I screened at Largo in Los Angeles for over a year and it premiered at Vulture’s Comedy Festival in NYC as well as numerous film festivals around the country and I am currently screening on my national tour).
While I don’t know how all this actually happened, I did find it extremely disappointing.
Here is what I can tell you:
First off, 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.
Secondly, Louis C.K. and I have not communicated in any way for nearly a year and a half.
And finally, I never gave anyone permission to use anything from my film.
I hesitated to even address any of this, but I think it is only right to defend my work and ideas and moving forward, I plan to continue screening Clown Service with the joy and pride I always have.“
Here is the ‘SNL’ sketch:
And here is Tig Notario’s short film:
What do you think, Did Louis C.K. and ‘SNL’ steal the sketch? Let us know in the comments below.