Synopsis: An intimate, mixed media documentary that follows Tig Notaro, a Los Angeles based comedian, who just days after being diagnosed with invasive stage II breast cancer changed the course of her career with a poignant stand-up set that became legendary overnight. This documentary explores Tig's extraordinary journey as her career ignites and as her life unfolds in grand and unexpected ways, all the while continuing to battle a life-threatening illness and falling in love. This film is a hybrid of comedy and drama that captures a personal journey about facing crisis head on with honesty and grace and overcoming pain and suffering with the healing power of comedy. It's a story about moving forward during a period of your life when you don't know what is going to happen. When you are willing to risk it all for what you believe is the right thing to do and for what you want to happen in this life.
Genre: Documentary
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95 min

Oh, I have to...

God, I can't focus. Oh, Michael.

- Yes, hi.

- Here it is.

- Is this all it?

- Yeah.

- Okay, I'm gonna tape this to the stool.

- Thank you.

Hi, Sarah and Zach.

Thanks for coming.


Sorry. Thanks for coming.

Why won't anyone be nice to me?

- It's hard being Tig.

- Mmm.

- Hi, Tig.

- Hi, Zach.

I can't do it for much longer.

- Hey, Tig, happy anniversary.

- Thank you.

- How much time do you want me to do?

- What would you like to do?

- Zero.

- Okay. Perfect.

- Can you do 15?

- I'll try. I have a tight five.



- How much are you gonna do, Tig?

- Probably 45.

- Oh, you are?

- Yeah.

Oh, okay.

Uh, what?

- I know.

- You're gonna host?

No, I think I'm gonna go first.

- Yeah.

- Good.

- And then Sarah, and then me.

- Lovely.

Do you want an introduction at the top,

or do you wanna walk out?

- I should--

- Louis C.K. just walks out.

- You should do what Louis does.

- And he did last night.

F U, C.K.

What if this show is a bomb?

Oh, my God,

it's not gonna happen.

Comedy is always a risk.

But, a year ago today,

when I was waiting over there

for Ed to announce me,

I was just, like,

"No idea how this is gonna go.

No idea how this is gonna go."

Good evening, hello.

I have cancer, how are you?

I came on stage not knowing

if I was gonna live or die.

And because my life

had fallen apart so quickly,

I kind of assumed I was gonna die.

I was talking to a friend of mine,

and she said,

"Yeah, I stayed up late

watching the Princess Diana funeral."

She said,

"But after a while it was just

the car going down the road

with a casket in back."

She said, "I got so bored,

I ended up turning it off."

She said, "Did you see it?"

And I said, "Yeah."

And she said,

"Well, what ended up happening?"

In high school, I was, um...

I was voted least likely.

I've been runnin' with it ever since.

I hated school.

I failed three grades

and then dropped out.

I'm pretty psyched

about how things are going.

But I did get my GED.

Not only has nobody

ever asked to see my GED,

but my cat ate it.

The last grade I graduated

was seventh grade.

I have a seventh grade education.

Thank you.

I struggled in other jobs

and been miserable and failed at 'em all.

Stand-up was that thing

that when I found it,

I was like,

"Oh! I'm a comedian.

Why didn't anyone tell me?"

People always have a hard time

understanding my name,

especially over the phone.

I was on this call with this guy,

and we were gonna hang up

and he's like,

"All right, well, look.

I don't feel real comfortable

callin' you this,

but I guess I'll see you tonight, pig."

I was like,

"Well, you know, to tell you the truth,

I don't feel real comfortable

with you calling me pig either."

You're treated like nothing

in the early days,

and you're making no money.

You know, I would camp in my car

in-between gigs.

I had never been so happy

and fulfilled in my life.

One of my favorite things

about doing stand-up

is when comedians

take the mic out of the mic stand,

then move the mic stand out of the way.

Some comedians move it even further.

It's like,

"Where are you headed?"

"Where does this go?

Got to get this out of the way."

Do you work here?

Can you hold this?

When a show is going well,

it's just, kind of, the ultimate.

It's the peak.

It's such a rush.

It's a room full of,

"Oh, I get you."

They get me, I get them,

and they get the person next to them.

Everyone is like,

"Yeah, we get it."

My next guest is a comedian

who hosts the podcast Professor Blastoff.

You can catch her every month

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