Tig Notaro

Tig Notaro
Full name
Mathilde O'Callaghan Notaro

Mathilde O'Callaghan "Tig" Notaro (born March 24, 1971) is an American stand-up comic, writer, and radio contributor. Notaro was born in Jackson, Mississippi and raised in Pass Christian, Mississippi, but later moved to Texas, where she attended high school. "Tig" is a childhood nickname. Her great-great-grandfather was John Fitzpatrick, mayor of New Orleans from 1892 to 1896. She dropped out of school and moved to Denver, Colorado, where she became involved in the music industry, setting up as a band manager, under the name Tignation Promotions. Her work promoting bands took her to Los Angeles, where she tried stand-up for the first time. Notaro has been featured on Comedy Central Presents, and on The Sarah Silverman Program as a lesbian police officer. She collaborates frequently with writing partner Kyle Dunnigan. With Dunnigan and David Huntsberger, she hosts the podcast Professor Blastoff. In 2011, she released her debut stand-up album, Good One. In 2012, Notaro appeared on the Conan television show and on This American Life. She has stated plans to move to New York City to work on fellow comedian Amy Schumer's new series, being developed for Comedy Central, to be introduced on the network in 2013. Also in 2012, Notaro announced plans for a Kickstarter-funded series called Clown Service, written by and starring Notaro. On August 3, 2012 Notaro addressed her recent cancer treatments and other personal difficulties during her live stage show at Largo in Los Angeles. The set has been described as "instantly legendary," with many comedians praising her work. After seeing the set, comedian Louis C.K. said the next day, "In 27 years doing this, I’ve seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro last night at Largo." In October, C.K. made audio of the performance available for download on his site under the title Live until Notaro later released the audio (with booklet) on iTunes.