Comedian Tig Notaro announced her cancer diagnosis at what became a legendary stand-up set in 2012. Follow her search for humor amid devastating news.
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I’m a big fan of stand-up comedy, actual stand-up comedy though – not the sanitised, TV-friendly stuff on shows like ‘Live At The Apollo‘. Recently I’ve been watching a few American comics and broadening my taste a little (I’m not usually a fan of American stand-up; comedians such as Bill Burr and Doug Stanhope. In my browsing, I stumbled across a documentary called “Tig” about comedian Tig Notaro. It’s OK, I’d not heard of her either…
In 2012 Tig found out she had breast cancer but instead of cancelling her upcoming show she carried on with it. The show, which also featured fellow comic Louis C.K., began with the words “I have cancer” and became an instant hit. This documentary doesn’t delve too deeply into Tig’s past but it does highlight a number of horrible things that happened to her in the same year – one of which being that she had to put off having children because of the cancer.
“Tig” has a good mixture of archive footage and audio recordings and is fairly easy to watch. Although halfway through it takes a bit of a turn. I had expected it to be about her comedy and how the cancer and fame affected her career; but then it becomes a documentary about her love life and her plans to become a mother using a surrogate.
While it does return to the Tig’s stand-up and how she worked hard on new material in order to get back into live performance (the plan being a 1 year anniversary show), it feels at times that the producers didn’t really know which story they wanted to tell. Regardless, it’s an interesting documentary that pulls itself together towards the end. In a nutshell, it’s about a woman getting her life and career back together after cancer. That woman just happens to be a stand-up comedian who is trying to have a baby so both these elements come across in the show. It’s quite an emotional tale but it’s genuinely uplifting to see humour in the face of such adversity.
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