Saturday, July 25, 2015


The Netflix documentary Tig, about comedian Tig Notaro, is pretty great. It follows her life right before and an in the aftermath of a serious breast cancer diagnosis. She was just living her life and one day got really sick, and it turned out she had a life threatening intestinal infection. As she was recovering from that her mother suddenly died. Then she got diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy.

Tig explores how she integrated these events into her standup routine, and how doing so broke boundaries in comedy and brought her career to a new level. The documentary showcases many of her performances. It also explores her personal life, attempts to make a baby, and a delightfully promising new relationship. It is a fascinating portrait of a very grounded, relatable, funny, and talented woman.

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