Interview with Tig Notaro

Comedian Tig Notaro has a line of personal accomplishments a mile long. From the stage, to the radio, to TV, and the big screen, she seems to be everywhere these days, injecting her brand of humor into the fabric of our lives. One thing she hasn’t done is an interview with Independent Philly and there’s nothing funny about that. We decided to amend that problem before she rolls into town for a show at the Trocadeo on November 7th.

Independent Philly: You’ve been nominated for a Grammy, appeared on a slew of television shows & movies, and been featured in many of the top publications in the US. What do you consider to be your biggest professional accomplishment to date?  

Tig Notaro: I am not sure.  I certainly feel fortunate to be having all of these opportunities.  My Taylor Dayne story might be up top.

IP: You’re currently in the midst of your ‘Boyish Girl Interrupted’ Tour. How has the fan reaction been to your new material?  

TN: It has been great.  It feels rewarding to build a new hour of material that I’m excited about, and then see the audiences really getting into it. 

IP: You’ll be stopping in Philly on November 7th for a show at the Trocadero. What can comedy fans expect from a live Tig Notaro performance? 

TN: I touch on everything from bombing at a comedy club in Vegas, to stories about me and my friend searching for Santa Claus, to even more personal events. There’s also just plain and simple ridiculousness.   

IP: How’d you get the nickname ‘Tig’?

TN: It was a nickname given to me by my brother when I was 2 years old.

IP: Write us a haiku about Cheese-steaks. 

TN: No thank you.

Photo Credit - Ruthie Wyatt

IP: Let’s get serious for a second. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as a survivor, what words of encouragement would you like to share with those currently fighting their own battle with the disease? 

TN: Whether it be a battle with this disease, or just someone having a bad day, I would say take a deep breath and keep taking steps forward whatever that may be for you.  Even if that step is as simple as getting out of bed, as I certainly had days where getting out of bed felt to be the equivalent of climbing a mountain.  And then keep breathing and taking more steps forward.

IP: Hopefully we can transition back to being funny now. Hypothetical situation, you are stranded on an island with Sarah Silverman, Conan O’Brien, and Louis C.K.; food is scarce. Who gets eaten first and why? Give us a good recipe for preparing your contemporaries. 

TN: I would eat Conan first because I don’t know him as well and therefore there would be less emotional attachment. As for recipes – I don’t cook, so maybe just boil some water and let the natural spices do what they may.

IP: That just made us hungry. Where are you taking us to dinner when you’re in town?

TN: A vegan restaurant with Conan stew.

IP: If we ransacked your apartment right now, what are the 3 most embarrassing items we would find?

TN: Well, I’m a proud homeowner and you’d find PJ’s with flying pigs on them, my childhood stuffed monkey “Zip” and some cheesy country music records. The only problem is that I’m actually not embarrassed, so I’m sorry about that. 

 IP: Tell us something about yourself that would surprise or even shock our readers…

TN: I grind my teeth at night and wear a mouth-guard. Shocking, I know.

If you want to join us for Tig Notaro at The Troc, you can fill out the contest form below. We’ll be giving a pair to one lucky winner on November 2nd. For the rest of you, pick up advanced tickets here:

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