By Ciara Reid, staff reporter
KANSAS CITY - Tig Notaro has been through a lot in the last five years. In 2012, in the span of four months, she was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease called C. diff, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and then she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer.
Amazingly, she was on stage just a few days later, sharing her raw and powerful health news with the audience, and ultimately, the world via her CD, Live. Her comedy set on the night she revealed her cancer diagnosis was incredibly brave, honest, heartbreaking, and yes – funny.
Two years later, she performed a live show topless, displaying her scars and showing infinite courage.
Fortunately, Notaro has been on the upswing the last few years. She married Stephanie Allynne, whom she met on the set of the movie In The World… They are now the proud parents of twin boys.
Professionally, Notaro is keeping herself busy in many facets of entertainment. She is preparing for a second season of her show, One Mississippi, which is available on Amazon. Already the author of I’m Just a Person, she is writing her second book (title to be determined) and is of course touring the country on her stand-up tour, which stops at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City on June 9.
Notaro’s comedy is so good, other really famous comedians steal her ideas. Example: on the April 8 episode of Saturday Night Live, host Louis C.K. was featured in a sketch that was eerily similar to Notaro’s short film Clown Service, produced in 2015.
While Louis C.K. or Saturday Night Live have yet to respond, Notaro was vocal about her disappointment.
In an Entertainment Weekly article, Notaro says of the incident, “I think my fans felt very protective of me as well as the film that they had emotionally and financially invested in.”
Notaro’s humor has been described as dark, personal, understated, and witty – sometimes all at once. l