Tig (2015)

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An unflinching documentary look at comedian Tig Notaro, who underwent a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, but has continued to tour rigorously while inspiring a new generation of survivors.

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Tig is... a frank look at the many things that make a life, that change a life, without embroidery or quick-hit editing.

Jul 20, 2015 | Full Review…

The pile of calamities in Notaro's life was devastating, but as she talks about them, you come to understand that, in a way, surviving one challenge strengthened her to deal with the next.

Jul 16, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The directors of Tig, do a nice job showing the relationship between her art and her life, establishing Ms. Notaro's history as a comic and balancing it with behind-the-scenes shots of private moments with her family and of her fellow comedians.

Jul 15, 2015 | Full Review…

While it doesn't actually go much deeper than Tig already does onstage, this generous-minded docu should be amusing enough to watch while folding laundry.

Jan 31, 2015 | Full Review…
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It's an emotional and moving portrait of life after cancer, and of the sort of equanimity that can come out of tragedy.

Sep 27, 2016 | Full Review…

York and especially Goolsby have a background in reality television, and that pedigree is all too apparent in the way the film is shot and edited, leaning heavily on confessional interviews and montages set to emotional music.

May 30, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tig

A good look at one of the coolest characters in stand up. Tig Notaro has found success in sadness and you can't help but appreciate her for her personal triumphs.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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½

I like to listen to stand-up, but haven't in a long time. I went through the typical college phase of listening not only to what was popular and current at the time (Dane Cook, Mitch Hedberg), but digging into my dads collection and getting to know the stuff he was into (mainly Eddie Murphy, but there was plenty of Steven Wright and Steve Martin in there as well). Over the last few years I've dabbled in some of the more popular stuff like Aziz Ansari, Louis C.K. and Bo Burnham, but haven't explored the current scene as much as I would like to. That is, until I started listening to the top comedy tracks inside the Spotify app on my phone. This led me to not only appreciate the variety of personalities and insight I was missing out on, but also served as an introduction to Tig Notaro. I didn't know much about Notaro or what her story was other than that I'd seen her in Lake Bell's 2013 directorial effort, In a World..., but I liked her stand-up almost immediately given the first thing I heard was her story concerning Taylor Dayne. This immediate affection wasn't necessarily because I'm also a fan of Dayne (though "Tell it to My Heart" really is just the best), but because it allowed Notaro to put herself in her place. She understands where she stands in relation to Dayne as far as the pop culture pantheon is concerned and in relaying this story of unironic fandom she became one of us by divulging a piece of information most might consider at least somewhat embarrassing and going even further by consistently being shameless in her approach to how much Dayne's music meant to her in her formative years. As I continued listening to more of Notaro's material it became evident from her two album discography that some major things had occurred in her life between the release of her first and second albums. And so, when I came scrolling across this documentary simply titled Tig on Netflix the other day, I was more than thrilled to have access not only to what was going through Notaro's mind at the time multiple crises were taking place in her life, but how she's been since and what she's been up to. read the whole review at www.reviewsfromabed.com

Philip Price
Philip Price

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½

Some of the best documentaries simply tell obscure, inspiring stories about interesting people. The Maysles Brothers did it with "Grey Gardens," and Werner Herzog has made an entire career from it. In this same realm comes this new documentary from Netflix, about stand-up Tig Notaro. While she may not be a crackpot, or eccentric, we do get to delve into her psyche as she battles for her life, which is trying to kill her. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/7/24/tig

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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TIG TALK, TICK TOCK - My Review of TIG (4 Stars) I've been a fan of comic Tig Notaro's work ever since she started appearing on THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM in 2007 as the somewhat butch police officer aptly named Tig. She exuded a type of intelligence and masculinity rarely represented on television, someone with a quiet inner confidence. She reminded me of my lesbian sisters, someone I just knew could talk gender politics and pop culture in equal measure, and who could own how she presented herself to the world. One night, my brother Gregg and I were having dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant on La Cienega next to the famed Largo nightclub and we noticed on the marquee that Sarah Silverman was performing with friends. On a lark, we bought tickets and entered a theatre only half full. One of the comics on the lineup was Tig, and she blew both of us away. Her delivery is slow, taking her time to stare the audience down as if to say, "I don't care what you make of me, you are mine for the next 15-20 minutes." It was that night when I knew she was destined for greatness. Little did I know that a short time later, her life would fall apart with a lift-threatening colon infection, the loss of her mother, a relationship breakup, and breast cancer. All of this is documented in TIG, the remarkable film which opened OUTFEST 2015 and is currently streaming on Netflix. Directed by Kristina Goolsby and Ashley York, and wonderfully written by Jennifer Arnold (who also directed additional material), TIG is way more than your basic disease-of-the-week movie. Sure, the cancer is front and center for much of its first half, but the filmmakers are smart enough to know that a rigorous documentary will search for deeper truths within. In the wake of her double mastectomy and battle with her infections, Tig struggles to find her voice as a comic again and to find love and meaning in her life at the same time. This all sounds like pretty intense stuff, and much of it is, but what elevates the film (and Tig) is her endearingly wry outlook on life. Finding the humor in her medical scares,Tig performed what is now a legendary night back at Largo, a comedy set of such searing honesty and dark humor that news spread like wildfire. It helped that Tig had friends like Louis CK to sing her praises, but you will see in this film that her brilliance speaks for itself. There's so much creativity at work in how Tig's comedy is presented. Her famed Largo set, for example, is told through clever, well-placed subtitles since the club has had a longstanding NO VIDEO policy. When given a new lease on life, this film asks the difficult question of "What the f*ck does one do?" In TIG, the answers come in beautifully-paced pieces. Tig isn't the warmest of documentary subjects, at least at first. She seems to hold her cards so close to her vest that I spent the first half of the film wondering if she was even an out lesbian. Like Tig's comedy, one must be patient to reap the wonderful rewards. Little by little, you see Tig opening up, trusting the filmmakers, and trusting herself. With such openness comes such startling moments as Tig meeting a potential surrogate couple on Skype. They happened to be fans of her podcast, PROFESSOR BLASTOFF, and it seems obvious that the old Tig would never have been open to such an interaction in her past. Same goes for her love life, which when it's finally revealed to us (and to her), is such a beautiful experience. By showing us a budding relationship through sharply written text messages, we experience the chemistry in such a unique way, a way that had me rooting even harder for Tig's happiness. It makes you feel like if you can be the one to get Tig to open up, you're gonna be so lucky to reap the rewards. I won't reveal who her partner is, as watching it unfold is one of the film's greatest pleasures. Needless to say, I cried tears of joy (and sometimes tears of heartbreak) several times. Late in the film, there's a stunning scene in which Tig says something so wonderful, so inspiring and hopeful, yet so vulnerable, that what follows is so utterly devastating I worried the filmmakers had painted themselves into a corner. "Just you wait," Tig seems to be constantly saying to her audience, "Just you wait, because I may surprise you." This life-affirming, totally generous documentary does just that.

Glenn Gaylord
Glenn Gaylord

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