Tig Notaro and Jason Ritter Open Up On The Next Episode of Sundance Channel's 'The Mortified Sessions'
COMEDIAN TIG NOTARO AND "PARENTHOOD" ACTOR JASON RITTER OPEN UP ON THE NEXT EPISODE OF THE MORTIFIED SESSIONS
AIRING MONDAY, OCTOBER 29th AT 10 PM ET/PT ON SUNDANCE CHANNEL
"I was a rambunctious kid…If I grew up with a different family I probably would have been medicated." – Jason Ritter
On the upcoming episode of SUNDANCE CHANNEL's hit series THE MORTIFIED SESSIONS (airing Monday, October 29th at 10 PM et/pt), talented comedian Tig Notaro (who became an instant legend to many fellow comedians this past summer as she revealed her cancer diagnosis onstage during a set) and actor Jason Ritter [Parenthood] sit down with host David Nadelberg to share some of their most treasured childhood artifacts and offer insight into the key life-changing moments that have made them who they are today. Born out of host David Nadelberg's headline-making storytelling project and book series "Mortified," the acclaimed half-hour series dives into the celebrity's memory and often their deepest emotions in a way that is both cathartic and completely relatable.
In her interview Tig discusses her free-spirited mother, who she at times felt she had to raise, and her stepfather who provided a needed structure. Notaro later opens up about her past year, which has included the diagnosis of breast cancer, which she revealed to the public on-stage at her comedy show; and the impact of the tragic death of her mother. Referencing the days and weeks that followed the recent and saddening news of her mother's death, Tig reveals: I don't cry very easily, but for three weeks I was only crying. I went through everything she owned, and she kept everything I ever touched, and I had no idea.
Ritter joins in the second half of the episode and discusses growing up in a home of actor parents (the late John Ritter and Nancy Morgan), and struggling to find his own identity in his teenage years.
On her career-defining decision to reveal her cancer diagnosis to her audience in during a set:
Before I went to the show I was thinking, how am I going to get into all of this horrendous material – so I thought what if I just went out and was like, hello I have cancer…so that's what I did. When I was on stage, I remember thinking – I think something cool is happening. And the audience was with me, they were laughing, they were crying. I did this show – went to sleep – wake up the next day and I turn on my phone and had ten million [messages]. Rolling Stone wants to talk to you, these book deals are coming in … I was like, 'what in the hell happened while I was sleeping?' …. I think it was that I just diagnosed with cancer and I walked on stage and was very real and raw about [stuff]. It was very cathartic.
On her relationship with her mother and stepfather:
My mother was a very free spirited person, what people would consider the 'cool mom'. … She always told me, if anybody had a problem with me, to tell them to go to hell.
It was hard as a kid, because there was some structure that I needed, so there was some tension between us. … She'd need to come home and act like a mother, stop painting things and standing on furniture. She would tell me that I raised her half the time.
I had a stepfather, and he definitely provided structure. … He was hardcore, he would bring in a bag [into my bedroom] and anything that was out of place he's throw in the bag. And I'd have to buy my toys back. He was like a drill sergeant, with zero emotion.
About her mother's unexpected death:
I don't cry very easily, but for three weeks I was only crying. I went through everything she owned, and she kept everything I ever touched, and I had no idea.
On the life-changing moment that followed her mother's death:
My stepfather had told me in the past, and even in recent years, that my career was a waste of time and a waste my intelligence – and I should have been a doctor or attorney … He said, 'I am sorry that I ever said those things to you, I was wrong – I think that you're doing exactly what you should be doing.' I couldn't believe what I was hearing, this is somebody that is a robot – and he was sobbing and I was sobbing. And I was just thinking, my mother would have killed to have heard this.
Jason on being an energetic kid, growing up with actor parents John Ritter and Nancy Morgan:
I was a rambunctious kid, I guess, I was probably annoying to some of my teachers. If I grew up with a different family … I probably would have been medicated.
On later becoming apathetic in his teenage years:
It just seemed like if you cared about something you weren't cool. It was the 90s.
I got so bored with being apathetic, I found this loophole where I could use my energy and not have to squelch everything down if I went the 'I'm the crazy guy' route. I would dance like a psycho; I was also going through a whole thing of trying to figure out who I was.
Jason on having a teenage identity crisis, and struggling to find his own path:
I remember of having a little realization and almost an identity crisis – I all of a sudden realized that I would laugh like whichever friend I was with at the time. It really freaked me out. I felt I kept on disappearing in whatever person I was with, instead of trying to figure out who I am by myself.