Like her pals Sarah Silverman and Zach Galifianakis, Tig Notaro
drops smoldering comedy bombs through her laconic deadpan. But unlike Silvermans inflammatory ingénue or Galifianakiss ingenuous prick, theres a world-weary knowingness to Notaros persona, with suspicious stares and loaded pauses functioning as a shorthand for, Can you believe this shit? Notaro has waded through metric tons of figurative shit: Since escaping the music business in the 1990s to pursue a stand-up career, she has made a modest name for herself while many of her peers from the alt-comedy world have become big-screen stars. Notaro has landed a number of higher-profile gigs Officer Tig on The Sarah Silverman Program
, a stint on Last Comic Standing
, and a solo half-hour Comedy Central special but this may be the year that her hard work pays off in a bigger way. She has a pilot for the Logo Network in the pipeline, and she just released her first comedy album, Good One
, which collects many of Notaros best-loved bits, including her takes on Chas Bonos sex-change, the no moleste signs that hang from the doorknobs of Mexican hotel rooms, and aggravatingly overused phrases. To get the full effect, see Notaro live, where her wry skepticism has a delectably acidic tang.
Sean Keane and Groomed for Success open.
Thu., Sept. 29, 7:30 & 10 p.m., 2011