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Ingrid Michaelson to Star in Semi-Autobiographical Comedy at Hulu
Ingrid Michaelson is bringing her life to the small screen.
The singer-songwriter behind "The Way I Am" is set to star in a semi-autobiographical comedy for Hulu, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Michaelson is teaming with Casual showrunner Liz Tigelaar for the half-hour single-camera comedy, titled The Way I Am. The project, which is in development, landed at the streaming service with a script commitment in a competitive situation with multiple outlets bidding.
The duo created the comedy together, with Tigelaar set to write the script. Both will executive produce alongside Lynn Grossman.
Michaelson — who frequently injects humor into her concerts with wit and snark between songs — started playing piano at age 4. She studied theater at Binghamton University and was a member of a co-ed a cappella group, a theater repertory company and the Pappy Parker Players, an improv comedy group. After launching her first album in 2005, Michaelson followed that up with 2006's independently released Girls and Boys. Many of her songs have been featured on ABC's Grey's Anatomy. After signing with Original Signal Recordings, Girls and Boys was rereleased a year later and debuted on the Billboard charts, peaking at No. 63.
Her third album, Be OK, debuted at No. 35 on the Billboard charts. Michaelson — who is a self-proclaimed feminist — is best known for hit singles include "Girls Chase Boys" (whose video is a spoof of Robert Palmer's "Simply Irresistible"), "Be OK" and "The Way I Am." She next will release Alter Egos, a five-song duets EP featuring reimagined versions of songs from her most recent record, It Doesn't Have to Make Sense.
The Way I Am expands Tigelaar's relationship with Hulu beyond Casual. She also is readying a comedy at Showtime with Nina Tassler called The Middlesteins. The Life Unexpected creator is repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham. Michaelson is with UTA and Secret Road Management.
The Way I Am comes as Hulu is poised to say farewell to comedy The Mindy Project later this year. Its comedy slate also features Difficult People and a Sarah Silverman variety show.