Writing at the intersection of motherhood, feminism and my Latinidad

18 August 2015

Review: "Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted" on HBO

If you don't know who Tig Notaro is, you may recall hearing about a stand-up comic who opened up a show with, "Good evening. Hello. I have cancer." That was Tig Notaro. I haven't kept up with her career and appearances on "Inside Amy Schumer" or "Transparent," so getting a chance to preview her new HBO special, "Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted," was exciting.

Notaro's style of comedy is slyly smart. Sometimes her jokes take a moment longer to get to the kick than you expect. But for the most part, they stick their landing. She laughs about her inability to hang in Vegas, which all the introverts will LOVE, not to mention how she utterly bombed in Vegas all the while inadvertently wearing a mustache. Notaro also reminds us that sometimes the funniest moments are those that we make as we seek out the perfect man or planning for our burials.

Her comedy is personal and considering that this includes laughing at her history of breast cancer, it is deeply so. In one moving scene the audience eggs her on to take off her shirt. Apparently a woman can go topless when her breasts have been removed. Still, it is a sexy, moving and funny scene...especially considering that some people have tried to reframe her double mastectomy as top surgery. Really? Good gawd, people!

So if boyish ladies are your style along with sly smart humor, check out Tig Notaro on Saturday, August 22nd at 10 pm ET/9 pm CT and be prepared to want some ice cream afterward.

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