Tig Notaro: "It's Not Like I Take Myself Too Seriously, Like Some Kind of Truth-Teller Comedian Now"

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Laura Jayne Martin
Tig Notaro is busy. You wouldn't think 2013 would feel very busy for the comedian after the year she had in 2012. Notaro's last year seemed as though it contained a lifetime's worth of tragedy in a few short months. Her year included contracting pneumonia, then a life-threatening intestinal disease, her mother's death in a freak accident, breaking up with her girlfriend, and, just when it seemed like the bad news was over, last August she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

In response she delivered what is a now legendary set at the West Hollywood comedy club Largo. This garnered high praise from a multitude of people, many of whom were comedians, including Louie CK, who convinced her to sell the performance on his website--it was later widely released. After treatment that included a double mastectomy, she is in remission. Now, less than six months later, she is a cult icon: writing a book, writing on a new comedy series, and co-hosting the popular podcast Professor Blastoff, which began a nation-wide live tour. Oh, and there's a documentary crew following her around.
 
You mentioned on the podcast that while living in New York to write for Amy Schumer's new Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer, which premiered last week--a strange thing happened to you. Therefore, I want to start off with probably my most important question, have you had any more filthy old white poodles meander into your apartment seemingly from nowhere?

I have not. I have not, yeah. I'm back in Los Angeles and that filthy poodle was in New York.

You were in New York writing on Amy Schumer's new show. How was that?

It was great. It was just a room full of comedy friends, and then that wrapped up in end of December and then I moved back here. I think it will be really good.

Have you've been doing comedy dates?

I have not been touring myself. I did one show in Iowa City and I have some different shows here and there sporadically.

The Professor Blastoff podcast tour starts soon. Are you excited for that?

I'm really looking forward to it. This is our first tour. We've only done one or two before this, but never just gone out on a full-blown tour.

How do you come up with the subjects for the podcast?

One of us will mention an idea and there are a lot of suggestions online. We'll meet people that want to come in as a guest. There are several different ways. Something will come up in a conversation on an episode and then we'll say we need to do an episode on that.

Do you have conversations like that when you're not on the podcast, or do you say, "Oh that's a podcast conversation"?

Here and there, I actually haven't hung out with Kyle and David [her podcast co-hosts] socially in a while just because we've all been so busy. Things come up all the time. Whether we're on the podcast or off, it naturally comes up and ends up on the show.

As far as the podcast tour, do you know what you're going to be talking about at each of the dates, or is that sort of up in the air?

David [one of the hosts] he's handling that. He's more hands-on with all the topics and guests and all that kind of stuff. He's been organizing that aspect. I'm kind of more doing press. We all are doing our part to bring it together.

Do you listen to any other podcasts?

I don't, nothing regularly. Somebody will mention something, "you have to hear this episode," like on the show, and I'll come in and check something out, but I haven't followed any podcasts really.

I might listen to an episode of This American Life or Marc Maron's WTF podcast. I'm horrible at following things. Honestly, I don't know how anybody has time to follow anything.

Are you also not a big TV and movie watcher?

No, that's what I'm saying. I don't know how people follow things. I don't know how anybody has time to, I've had a stack of movies and pilots and TV shows that I've needed to watch for work and it's taken me three or four weeks. Last night, I finally was able to watch one. I just don't know how people find the time. I'm busy all during the day, and then have shows at night that I'll do. When people have these TV shows and podcasts that they love, honestly, I'm baffled how they can follow all of these things all the time.

Well, some people are probably less busy than you are. What are your days like now?

Well, I'm writing a book. I have a lot of meetings. I have a lot of doctor's appointments. I have shows that I pop into; I'm doing a lot of unannounced appearances locally in Los Angeles.

I have to work out new material. And I've been shooting interviews for Entertainment Weekly. I have a lot of press still. A lot of interviews and photo shoots. My days are just completely packed. So I'm looking forward to the tour to actually do the shows, but also kind of to get on the road, get away from things, and hang out with friends.

Are you tired of doing press and talking about your life and the past year?

I mean, I'm certainly okay with it, and I appreciate it. But it's become like a part of my--you know, it's funny because when all of this first started, back in August, I thought there was going to be a couple of weeks of press and what, it's been eight months? It hasn't stopped at all. And I'm a little shocked.

I saw your most recent appearance on Conan when you were talking about "remembering to remain present". I get that it was a hilarious bit, but was it also kind of playing with people's expectations? Like maybe they might be thinking you're going to come out and say something somber and wise, because you've been through all this serious stuff?

It was several different things. I came up with the idea back in May before I was even diagnosed with cancer. I was walking down the street. I was in New York filming This American Life, the live broadcast that they did in movie theaters, and it hit me how funny it would be to just text while I was on the couch with Conan.

So I had it in the back of my mind as something I wanted to do and I, you know, I'm certainly guilty of it. I have a blackberry and because I'm not home a lot sitting in front of a computer, I do a lot of work on my phone, so. But I try to be, when I'm talking to somebody, or when I'm hanging out with somebody or having a meal, I try to not be, you know, watching my phone.

So that does bother me when people can't separate for a second. Then, after I went through all that--after I went through that four-month period of time--I thought it was a good thing to do. I knew Conan wanted to ask me, you know, how my health was and everything. I figured that might be a funny way to say: 'I'm doing well.'
And then, I really have learned about all those clichéd elements. Going through something like that, I learned how precious time and people are. So yeah, it was definitely layered.

He didn't know exactly what I was going to be doing. He knew I was going to be checking my phone or something. It was fun to watch later because when I got off stage people were saying 'Gosh, Conan was really cracking up.' And I thought I remembered that he was, but everything happened so fast. And it was fun to watch later and see he really genuinely was cracking up. I think it was just, he really didn't know what to expect or what was going on.

So you're writing this book, how is it going? Does writing about your life change the way you view it?

Well, I'm writing about that four month period in my life and sort of spinning off from there. There's some kind of more real-time stuff that I'm writing about, like dating. But more so it's that four month period of time and spinning off from there, to my childhood, my mother.

Are you currently being filmed for a documentary about your life?

Yeah, there are people making a documentary right now. They made me an executive producer and I'm involved in the way that I've been going to meetings and giving them access to archival footage of my stand-up. But, yeah, they're following me around, going to my doctor's appointments, on the road here and there, and hanging out with friends, at shows, all that kind of stuff.

How is that?

It's fine. An old friend of mine is who is running the whole thing. It's her idea. It's her baby and so she's a good friend and it's a pretty small crew. Everybody who is involved is really great; so far it's really not been a problem. It's not like they're living with me or anything, you know?

The last thing I wanted to ask you about was your comedy. Has it changed in any lasting way? Or do you approach it differently now?

I think there are elements. There are probably elements with my comedy where I may be a little more honest or revealing. I mean my comedy was never dishonest before. I would say, in a general sense, it hasn't really changed--the core of who I am and what I think is funny.

Like I love silliness, and that hasn't gone away. It's not like I take myself too seriously, like some kind of truth-teller comedian now. I think it's just pretty much me, with maybe a little more revealing who I am and my personal life. But it's all still wrapped up in 100% silliness.


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krabo
krabo

Tig  notaro tells kroll whore laura jayne martin that she is surprised by the press. That is another lie. From day one and before, Tig Notaro set up this cancer hoax for maximum money and press. Every story  has been pushed by her nick kroll bought handlers. These bought off "journalists" such as Ms. Martin know what a crock this is, and how Notaro has refused to answer simple questions regarding what charities she gave to(as promised if you downloaded her planned cancer shtick for 5 bucks,) and what treatment(if any) she has undergone. 

 Not to mention why her "regular doctor" kept telling her she wasn't concerned about her lump. Never mind that she was in the hospital for weeks for extensive testing and she never mentioned this year old lump. Never mind that  Louis Ck had a totally different version of events and Notaro's versions change every time she opens that mange of  a mouth.  Not to mention how Carol Hartsell of the Huffington Post  is a plant who gets paid extra to promote Notaro and her dreg helper, Nick Kroll. and, who recently was busted for altering timestamps to cover up for her sad little Kira Hesser shenanigan. Not to mention....http://henypire.blogspot.com/2013/12/tig-notaros-cancer-scam-exposed-it-was.html

anan
anan

I worked in the criminal courts when this whole thing went down. I can assure you that Tig Notaro is a pathological liar. She went as far as to intimidate witness Heidi Fagin.  I don't for a moment think she has cancer. She got a Nick Kroll to sign up as witness when he was nowhere near the "scene of the crime." The real police were scheduled to testify against her but then accidents started occurring. Tig is a vindictive nutjob and anyone with half a brain can see that she is a nutjob who got away with her crimes. She used the services of Kroll international to beat a rival comic. Amazing. Soon after, Nick Kroll got a show called "Nick Kroll and Friends."  Ms. Notaro never had a stalker. All along she was the stalker. Their is voluminous evidence online and in the courts.If Notaro really had a stalker she'd mention it in every article. All the PR in the world can't erase the fact that Notaro can't tell the truth to save her life.

anan
anan

I worked in the criminal courts when this whole thing went down. I can assure you that Tig Notaro is a pathological liar. She went as far as to intimidate witness Heidi Fagin.  I don't for a moment think she has cancer. She got a Nick Kroll to sign up as witness when he was nowhere near the "scene of the crime." The real police were scheduled to testify against her but then accidents started occurring. Tig is a vindictive nutjob and anyone with half a brain can see that she is a nutjob who got away with her crimes. She used the services of Kroll international to beat a rival comic. Amazing. Soon after, Nick Kroll got a show called "Nick Kroll and Friends."  Ms. Notaro never had a stalker. All along she was the stalker. Their is voluminous evidence online and in the courts.

ComedyFan100
ComedyFan100

Just ran across this whole stalker issue.  Wow.  What a nutjob.

You can see from this comment section and the comment section on any article on the internet that mentions Tig, that this person has a few screws loose.  They'll leave several comments a day, for months, all saying basically the same thing while providing no actual evidence.

If any evidence could be provided that Tig is in any way a liar or criminal, that evidence would have been presented by now.  It doesn't take a very intelligent person to see that the omission of evidence is glaring.

kayla
kayla

Hilary Redmon needs to make good on her investment in this tig turkey. No one in the press will mention that Tig Notaro has made inconsistent after inconsistent statement about having stalkers, and then of having cancer. Here she doesn't require treatment. In the Independent she is having five years of nameless treatments.

justicehead
justicehead

Any donations made in the name of tig notaro will go to tig's pet causes-- hiring lawyers and pr firms to give her money and fame at all costs. Tig Notaro is a meaner version of Anthony Wiener. Shameless to the core.

johngregozekisfreak
johngregozekisfreak

I bet the documentary is a cover and will never be released. Tig Notaro is so pathological and so evil that she would try to get rich and famous off of cancer. Now, she claims to have treatments other than radiation and chemotherapy, and yet she won't reveal what they are. When will this diseased(spiritually,) POS crawl into a sewer and live with fellow vermin?

stefwillenslostsoul
stefwillenslostsoul

"Some fun articles on Tig Notaro's lawfirm, Lavely and Singer. Marty Singer's holocaust surviving mother should be so ashamed." 5 Comments - Show Original Post Collapse comments 1 – 5 of 5 Anonymous said...

CUNT BITCH MOTHERFUCKER. WHY DO YOU LIE AND LIVE MULTIPLE LIVES? LIVE YOUR OWN FUCKING LIFE HOPEFULLY ON ANOTHER PLANET OR IN OTHER BRAIN

June 25, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Anonymous said...

CUNTY MCCUNT FUCK YOU MOTHERFUCKER

June 25, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Anonymous said...

BITCHASS NIGGA THINK YOU CAN HANG WITH REAL COMICS?

June 25, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Anonymous said...

TIG NOTARO SAID ALL OF YOUR COMEDY BE FAKE AS HELL AND NO ONE'S LAUGHING. OH AND BITCH, EVERYONE KNOWS THAT YOU ARE THE SAME PERSON AS YO UGLYASS SISTER. FUCKING ASSHOLE GET YO LIFE TOGETHER!!!!!!

June 25, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Anonymous said...

TIG NOTARO IS A GOD AND YOU ARE THE FILTHY GELATINOUS GLOBULAR GUM EVERYONE TRIES TO GET OFF THEIR SHOES AND OFF THEIR INFECTED SYPHILLIS CHANCRE SORES!

June 25, 2013 at 2:02 PM

sloughbennet
sloughbennet

Only in Hollywood can a dirtbag like Tig get interviewed like this. Is Allison Hart of Lavely and Singer not busy enough with the Garth Brooks case?

alexander
alexander

Tig can care less what the haters say. She is laffing all the way to the bank. Moral goody goodies who judge her for her targeting and abuse of a competing female comic can kiss my ass. It's showbiz. Tig won. Move on now.

felisekalpakian
felisekalpakian

ignore the haters. Ms. Notaro has long made up for her crimes by promoting cancer visibility and inspiring others to see that they can be cured in record time without treatment. Her revelation of cancer also served to discourage other false accusers who feared for their health should Karma prove real.  If that is not enough, she has taken time out of her jam packed schedule to endorse local politicians. Very few comedians have been so generous with their time. 

She flew in from NY to speak at Trutanich's gala, and she has crafted endorsements on his behalf.  She has fundraised so Detectives from the Threat Management Unit, will have legal defense funds, when they face criminal prosecution for their role in preserving her assets and career by terrorizing an innocent family. 

She attended the three funerals of assorted Boags members. She understood how Martin Boags had assisted her and how he respected the color of lawfirms like hers. Say what you will about Ms. Notaro's  anti social personality disorder,  and her inability to keep a story straight. We must respect her ability to  get back on her feet when most would hide their heads in shame or collapse from guilt.

jsalk
jsalk

@docshock Why would a crazy compulsively lying lesbian take herself seriously? She fakes stalkers and targets innocent people so she can destroy them. She looks like a broken down gym teacher and has no humor in her face. Her cancer stories don't add up either. Who has stage two aggressive cancer and is not weakened in any way and gets no treatment? A lying sack of sociopathic crap, that's who. And tig notaro is a lying sack of sociopathic crap. What kind of human being is capable of false accusations of violence and all sorts of invented verbal exchange,  and then doing everything in their power to destroy someone who they see as competition? that kind of person is this thing that is called Tig. Fascinating to watch this monster rise before her big fall. She's too small potatoes to have a big fall, but she will view it as a big fall when it comes. Good for the Village Voice for not deleting comments. I have no doubt that they were pressured to do so by this grisly beast and her "representation."

joeyjay
joeyjay

Not only is this witless lesbian not a cult icon, but she's a liar. She says she's so busy she can't twitter.she and evita rush are the only ones tweeting this PR firm article.The fact that no one knows who she is yet she demands she be called a cult icon, and a legend, is hilarious in a way. I have never witnessed such amounts of delusion and pathos in one human being. It needs to be carted off to the looney bin immediately.

The latest from Tig Notaro Fans (@TigFansUnite). Fans of Tig Notaro and
Professor Blastoff. This is a fan site, not ... via @villagevoice. Retweeted by Tig
Notaro ...

genem
genem

expecting truth from notaro is like expecting water from a rock. I love how only tig notaro tweeted this story and yet she's described by the writers as a cult hero. cult heros have more than 5 tweets. notaro has paid a fortune to get her career off the ground and it's just won't happen. She doesn't have the talent.  only thing real about this story is that tig will never be a truth teller . not in comedy and not in life. she is not one bit surprised at the press since she has paid good money to buy this press with pr agencies and lawfirms.a real documentary about notaro's deranged antics on datalounge and her vendettas against female comics would be interesting. A fake one where her friend will cover up for her-- not so much. I'd like the writer to ask her real questions like why she used heidi feigin and how she feels about feigin telling the truth. I also want to know why she said she saw police and sherrfis and how they helped her against her "stalker" but then it was found out that this never happened.

lizardleaping4
lizardleaping4

I can't wait to see this pathological liar exposed as a fraud and a psychopath, and sent to prison. She's the Jodi Arias of comedy. Arias has more charm though.

anan
anan

Tig does not have cancer. She is insane. She needed pity and she got it.

howiej
howiej

@ComedyFan100why did you just come across it? why doesn't tig notaro ever mention it in any article? because it's a lie and she needs to avoid more legal troubles. show one bit of evidence that there is a person with screws loose leaving comments?  in fact, tig through nick kroll found out that many were leaving comments and that is why tig lost at trial. how can you say there is an omission of evidence? This is enough to show that tig and her lawyers are liars. http://henypire.blogspot.com/2013/03/check-this-out-hilary-redmon-john.html stop slandering tig's victims or you too will have the karma of her and martin boags. If she has cancer its karma. she is evil. Look into Heidi Feigin and Officer Montalvo and Julius Quinn and talk to Alissa Sterling and Robin Ginsberg or shut the hell up with your lies "comedy fan."

justicehead
justicehead

@stefwillenslostsoul it seems as if an illiterate woman named "tig' is writing such comments on the blog of tig's fantasy stalker. tig has a very limited vocabulary. cunt and bitch and globular are pretty much 89 percent of her vocab.

jsalk
jsalk

@docshock Notaro approached the dog and the dog said "good show" after being appoached by Notaro. Notaro then alleged that the poodle pushed her and had a "verbal tirade." against her 9 months before at a crowded coffeehouse. Funnily enough, not one person noticed but a slimy girl named Stef Willen who then was rewarded with a job and trip to Aspen for her complicity. Notaro  got Michael Griffe to remove the poodle for her crime of saying "good show" when seeing Tig Notaro standing over her.  When the poodle tried to figure what's up Tig Notaro starting making up police coming and lockdowns and sheriffs and side door escapes. She got a restraining order rubber stamped when Lavely and Singer put in some calls. It's a terribly longs story so I'll keep it shorter than it is:  She then started telling everyone that the poodle was beating up her family and then that the poodles sister was beating her up on a regular basis. All under oath, mind you. She even tried to impart violence to a tiny senior citizen. She is depraved.  Since Tig had Lavely and Singer on her side and the poodle did not, Tig really got to torture that sweet little poodle and the poodles family. tig really hated the poodles family. Why? Cause she's vicious and as crazy as it gets. A joketelling Jodi Arias, but with a bald spot. The poor poodle now must fix the disaster left as a result of this evil POS .  Tig failed out of junior high and she is stuck there forever, it seems. That the only mitigating factor we have-- she's deeply disturbed and pathetically stunted.

paula
paula

@lizardleaping4 . She comes across as such an idiot in this article. She does not act like a 43 year old woman. She acts like a stupid teenager who wants to impress everyone yet doesn't realize how transparent she is. Yuck. Why is the indie press pushing this lady down our throats? She doesn't even have cancer anymore.

kyle
kyle

@lizardleaping4 @lizardleaping4 arias got busted though. Tig is on the loose. Lol. you gotta admire her balls in showing her face and go gotta admire her hiring of lawyers and pr people to keep her businesses going.she is the most aggressive self promoter I've ever seen and I've been in this business for over 20 years.

genem
genem

@kyle I don't admire that in a person. It is not savvy in the long run. She is known to follow every comment put on the internet and threaten lawsuits against websites. She is lying about being shocked by others following  things. She is like a teenager who wants everyone to think she is busy and popular. Most adults grow out of that.  She has paid PR firms for nearly every interview. Yet, she lies about being "baffled." The writer of this piece must feel cheap to have to print this b.s. Tig crossed another line when she began making money off her "tragic cancer." I don't believe she ever had cancer, at this point. I guess that sounds harsh but this lady is as fake as it gets.

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