Female driven comedies are thriving across the gamut of super-streamers and cable networks. “One Mississippi”, “Insecure” and “Divorce” are the latest crop of successes. HBO announced a renewal for the second season of “Divorce” and “Insecure” in the same breath as it continued mega-success “Westworld” and across the Internet, a similar statement was issued from AmazonPrime on the future of “One Mississippi”.
All three comedies have markedly different focuses and origins. “One Mississippi” the critically acclaimed fictionalization of a very dark period in co-creator Tig Notaro’s life when she lost her mother, was first shared with the world in Notaro’s stand-up, most notably in her album “Live”. The album was a huge mainstream break-out for the alt-established comedienne and its tone was decidedly unlike anything else in stand-up. The largely laugh-less recording is a tense, magnetic retelling of an incredibly atrocious time for Notaro, peppered with death, cancer, break ups and intestinal parasites. While “One Mississippi” credits its origin to stand up, “Insecure” starring Issa Rae came to be through viral YouTube videos and even more dissimilarly, “Divorce” stars dramatic actress Sarah Jessica Parker. The three series span race, age and life points, but all are enjoying terrific reception.