Comedian Tig Notaro had one of the worst years of her life. She was diagnosed with a body-wide infection, her mother passed away, and then she got breast cancer.
But that didn’t stop her from returning to the stage to do what she does best – deadpan jokes about series issues.
“As soon as I was diagnosed with cancer, everything came across to me as funny,” she says during her new Netflix special which includes jokes about her terrible misfortune. “It was just so ridiculous.”
Notaro, a Jackson, MS, native who has never come out officially as a lesbian but plays the part more often than not on TV, is know for her work with Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer, and made the late night stand up rounds on more than one broadcast talk show.
This new movie, part documentary/part stand up special, aims to shine light on the comics struggles with loss and illness.
“It’s a film about, when life gets in the way of the creative process, how you can persevere and carry on,” said the executive director of Hot Docs, Brett Hendrie, who helped release the film.
Check out the trailer for “Tig” below:
“Tig” streams live on Netflix instant starting this Friday, 7/17.