Tig Notaro is in Dallas Today, Free of Cancer, Full of Jokes: "There's a Lot of Ridiculousness"

Categories: Comedy

Thumbnail image for Tig-Notaro-Live-Feature.jpg
Last August, Tig Notaro got on stage at the L.A. comedy club Largo and addressed the crowd.

"Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you?"

Notaro had just been diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer, and knew she couldn't do her typical set, which often illuminates the absurd in everyday thoughts or mundane actions, like when she famously pushed a stool around during a Conan O'Brien standup set.

See also:
Tig Notaro, Louis C.K., and the Best Email We Got All Week

The news came at the tail-end of a four-month period in which she lost her mother, fought off an intestinal disease that withered 20 pounds from her body and ended a relationship.

"Oh, it's fine. Here's what happened. It's very personal. Found a lump. Guys, relax. Everything's fine. I have cancer."

That set was special not just because of her delivery but the empathy from the audience. At one point, Notaro said to an audience member in apparent distress, "It's OK. It's going to be OK. It might not be OK. But I'm just saying, it's OK. You're going to be OK."

Louis C.K. happened to be the special guest that night, and was so moved by her performance, he decided to put the recording on his website for a $5 donation, which catapulted Notaro into another realm of exposure.

"I didn't have a plan or an idea," Notaro says over the phone, driving through Texas on her Professor Blastoff podcast tour. "It was kind of, it was a feeling, and everything snapped. I had a show booked, and I didn't know if I could do standup again. My life had fallen apart so much, and so negatively, for four months, and I didn't see this going much better. So I thought I had to get on stage. And on stage, I was very aware it was a special moment."

After a double mastectomy, she is now in remission. Over the last year, she hasn't been doing as much standup, though she is working on new material, including a book about those four months. Notaro's also been busy with Professor Blastoff, the weekly podcast she hosts with fellow comedians David Huntsberger and Kyle Dunnigan, which comes to Sons of Hermann Hall tonight for a live taping.

The podcast follows a typical format, in that there's an intro, some banter, then a guest. But Professor Blastoff veers from the usual comedy podcast content of comedians talking about comedy, and instead explores loftier topics like science, religion and metaphysics, sort of like a less buttoned-up version of Radiolab. One show might find them discussing global warming or polyamory, another atheism or evolution. These discussions are helped along by both comedians and actual experts, which gives the show a nice balance of rambling humor and intimate discourse. Notaro puts it another way:

"We just thought of it as kind of like a silly NPR show, or if the class clowns were never told to be quiet. Maybe you learn one thing on the show. There's a lot of ridiculousness."

Parade of Flesh presents Professor Blastoff on Tuesday, April 30, at Sons on Hermann Hall. Tickets cost $13-$16.



Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
2 comments
zeke
zeke

She gets feelings and then lies about them being real. She might feel as if she has cancer but that doesn't mean that she has it. Notaro has a storied history of getting a feeling, and then passing it off as truth. She feels insulted so she tells people she's been pushed. She feels ignored so she tells people that the person ignored her attacks her. She even admitted this on her uninspired podcast. She told now prey, Missi Pyle, that she can't remember lies or the truth but has a feeling so it's ok if she passes off a feeling as truth.

This is very  twisted when her feelings involve crimes against her that were not committed, and then diseases that she doesn't have but which she has wrangled a lot of money and a book deal from. Ms. Notaro is either brain damaged, or she is Evil. My guess is that it is the latter. You should ask her why the West Hollywood Patch urged it's readers to go to Largo to see show since they believed she would break out into stardom that night. This was the night of her cancer set. This is a well orchestrated scam on the part of Notaro, and her handlers. Notaro would literally kill for fame . She appears to be fooling many people and sucking them into her sociopath's vortex. Stay posted for development in her long overdue downfall.

Now Trending

Dallas Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

General

Health & Beauty

Loading...