Comedian Tig Notaro first gained notoriety back in 2012, when she performed at Largo in Los Angeles and received instant praise from fellow stand-up performer, Louis C.K. Her material was raw, and full of excruciating honesty — after all, she was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer and lost her mother earlier that year.
In her now legendary set, it was clear she was wrestling with demons, yet managed to incorporate her struggles into an unforgettable performance. Actor and comedian Ed Helms was also in attendance, tweeting it was “one of the most amazing stand-up sets [he’d] ever seen.”
Three short (and arduous) years later, Notaro is now a comedy household name. Comic heavyweights such as Jack Black (who at one point in the promo, below, refers to her as a “rare panther”), Margaret Cho, Reggie Watts and Sarah Silverman are among fans of her work, an acerbic blend I really don’t give a fuck, charm and wit. It’s easy to see why Notaro has secured a meteoric rise on TV. She’s a top writer on Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer”, has appeared on Amazon’s “Transparent” and is publishing her first memoir with Harper Collins in 2016.
Now, she gets the chance to shine on HBO’s upcoming comedy special, the aptly titled “Boyish Girl Interrupted,” another chronicle of the painful (yet uplifting) chapters of her life. Also check out the 2015 Sundance documentary “Tig,” centered on her cancer battle, which is now streaming on Netflix.
“Boyish Girl Interrupted” premieres August 22nd on HBO. Here’s the teaser.