washingtoncitypaper.com: Could Tig Notaro Play Amy Ray In Non-Existent Comedic Biopic?

original publish date: 3 aug 2009
by mike riggs, washingtoncitypaper.com

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(note: i included the comments to this entry, just for the heck of it.  and i’ll ignore the obnoxious comment about melissa etheridge.)

I say yes.

They’re both southern: Comedian Tig Notaro was born in Mississippi. Indigo Girl Amy Ray was born in Georgia.

They do their hair the same way: It almost looks feathered, could just be cowlicks gone wild. Tig’s hair is shorter, but it’s nothing a few extensions and some mousse couldn’t take care of.

Lesbianism: Ray is a lesbian. Notaro played one on the Sarah Silverman Program.

Why this matters: Ray’s third (?) solo album Didn’t It Feel Kinder came out this time last year. I didn’t buy the album because someone said it was soft and I’m still very much in love with 2005’s hard-rocking Prom. Several tracks on that album (see: “Put It Out For Good”) still give me goosebumps and sometimes makes me wish I was in a high school marching band, even though none of the songs on Prom explicitly reference marching band. (Implicitly, Amy Ray probably considers herself a marching band demi-god.)

Since Ray is playing the Black Cat later this month (Aug. 16), Daemon Records sent a copy of Didn’t It Feel Kinder to the office as a heads up. The bloggers were right–it’s totally soft. I gave up listening to the whole thing after four tracks. Ellen Newman captures my sentiments exactly in her Amazon review (titled “Not catchy or rocking”): “[Indigo Girls] music is OK, but just not what I needed right now.”

The album, even though it’s just not what I need right now, got me thinking: Ray’s been making music for 25 years. Has any other lesbian singer had a more prolific career? Also, the only lesbian biopic I can think of off the top of my head is are Boys Don’t Cry and Monster. An Amy Ray movie would not make me scared of hookers or make me feel sorry for Hilary Swank. And it could have all these cool cameo appearances from Brandi Carlile and Sleater-Kinney and other Riot Grrrl folks.

Just throwin it out there! Also, welcome to my short tenure as the Sexist. I promise not to write about Amy Ray again.

  1. kza August 3rd, 2009 1:45 pm

    I wish that Idaho had internet access.

  2. Mike Riggs August 3rd, 2009 2:35 pm

    And to think, it’s only been one post!

  3. alix August 3rd, 2009 3:46 pm

    Boys Don’t Cry was not a lesbian biopic. At all. It was about a trans man who was straight.

  4. Mike Riggs August 3rd, 2009 3:54 pm

    Thanks for the distinction, Alix! Yours truly can be a little obtuse when it comes to classifying biological females who dress as biological males in order to date other biological females.

    I’ll correct the post!

  5. kza August 3rd, 2009 4:13 pm

    It’s only been one post. I’m bored off my ass. Entertain me. Please! Laziest sexist editor ever!

  6. mdesus August 3rd, 2009 4:28 pm

    sloth is amanda’s middle name. Also rock on Mike that’s a cool idea.

  7. kza August 3rd, 2009 10:27 pm

    I expect more from you tomorrow Mike I won’t lie.

  8. marty August 4th, 2009 7:25 am


    Are you aware that Tig Notaro is a pathological liar and all around nutjob? She got so scared of the competition posed by some female comic that she decided to invent some sick lie to eliminate the competition, so to speak. She dates 20 year straight confused bimbos she met on MySpace and she is just not to be mentioned in the same breath as the awesome Amy Ray.

    Thank you kindly,

  9. newton August 4th, 2009 7:31 am

    Tig cracks me up. So what if she is a bad person who will do anything to suceed. That’s hollwyood.

    This video of her is soooooooooo funny.


  10. lv August 10th, 2009 12:24 pm

    Has any other lesbian singer had a more prolific career?

    duh, joan jett. or militia etheridge.


~ by Erin on Wednesday, August 12, 2009.

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