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Tig Notaro
Tig Notaro at Bumbershoot 2010
Tig Notaro at Bumbershoot 2010
Birth name Mathilde O'Callaghan Notaro
Born (1971-03-24) March 24, 1971 (age 44)
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
Medium Stand-up
Years active 2001-present
Genres Observational comedy

Mathilde "Tig" O'Callaghan Notaro (born March 24, 1971)[1] is Grammy Award nominated American stand-up comic, writer, and radio contributor.[2]

Early years

Notaro was born in Jackson, Mississippi, to mother Mathilde "Susie" Cusack (née O'Callaghan).[3] Her mother was born in New Orleans.[4] Notaro was raised in Pass Christian, Mississippi, until kindergarten. Her family later moved to Spring, Texas, a suburb of Houston.[5][6] Her mother remarried, to Leslie Cusack, an attorney in the military.[3] She has an older brother, Renaud, who is a year older than her and is a radio talk show host.[2][3][7] "Tig" is a childhood nickname given to her by her brother when she was 2 years old.[8] Notaro's great-great-grandfather was John Fitzpatrick, mayor of New Orleans from 1892 to 1896.[9][4]


Tig Notaro 2010

Notaro left high school without graduating. She later earned her GED.[5] She moved to Denver, Colorado, where she became involved in the music industry. She became a band manager under the name Tignation Promotions.[10]

Notaro's work promoting bands took her to Los Angeles, where she tried stand-up for the first time.[5] Notaro has since 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 worked on fellow comedian Amy Schumer's series, Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer. Also in 2012, Notaro did a Kickstarter-funded series called Clown Service, written by and starring Notaro.[citation needed]

Comedic style

On her approach to comedy (and if she considers herself a dark comic): "I'm always going to do whatever I think is funniest. If something's dark, I'll do it. If it's a sock puppet, if it's a stool, I'll do it. There's no preconceived idea of who I think I might be now."[5] Notaro said that since her cancer diagnosis, she has shifted not darker comedy, but rather to personal comedy. Previously she was more distant and observational, but now she reflects on her childhood and her life.[2]

Personal life

Notaro sometimes discusses her romantic relationships in her act, but tries to maintain a level of privacy.[11][12][13]

Notaro met her fiancée,[14] Stephanie Allynne, on the set of the movie, In a World...[2][15]

Cancer battle

Notaro was diagnosed with cancer in both breasts on July 30 2012.[16] On August 3, she addressed her recent cancer treatments and other personal difficulties during her live stage show at Largo in Los Angeles.[17] The set has been described as "instantly legendary," with many comedians praising her work.[18]

Comedian Louis C.K. called Notaro the next day telling her he wanted to release the audio of the show.[2] She was uncomfortable with the idea at first, but decided the material could help people, so she agreed.[19] C.K. made audio of the performance available that October for download on his site under the title Live.[18] Notaro later released the audio (with booklet) on iTunes.[20][21] Live ended up selling more records than Kiss,[22] something Notaro said she never dreamed could happen. She was a fan of the band in her youth.[19]

Notaro later had a double mastectomy with no reconstructive surgery.[23][24] Notaro opted out of chemo but decided to continue treatment with hormone blocking.[2] After a show in Philadelphia, Notaro was hospitalized[25] and required surgery for a cyst.[26]

In November 2014, as part of the New York Comedy Festival, Notaro did a set at Town Hall in New York City where she performed part of the set topless.[27][23] The New York Times described it: "She showed the audience her scars and then, through the force of her showmanship, made you forget that they were there. It was a powerful, even inspiring, statement about survival and recovery, and yet, it had the larky feel of a dare."[23]

Notaro is writing a memoir for HarperCollins imprint Ecco[28] and there is a Showtime documentary[29] being made about her life.[2]



  • 2015: Tig aka Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro (documentary) - also producer
  • 2014: Ashes
  • 2014: Catch Hell
  • 2014: Walk of Shame
  • 2013: In a World...


TV movies

  • 2014: Rubberhead, segment: "Lisa"
  • 2012: Susan 313
  • 2008: Held Up

TV shows


  • 2014: Clown Service - also director, executive producer, co-writer
  • 2011: Crying in Public
  • 2010: Held Up
  • 2010: Lez Chat - also director, writer
  • 2009: The Tig Series - also writer, executive producer
  • 2008: Have Tig at Your Party - also writer, executive producer




  1. ^ "Mathilde O. Notaro - United States Public Records". FamilySearch. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g King, Larry (September 29, 2014). "Tig Notaro" (VIDEO INTERVIEW). Larry King Now. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Mathilde "Susie" O'Callaghan Cusack". Find A Grave. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Root, Cate (October 7, 2014). "Tig Notaro brings 'Boyish Girl Interrupted' tour to New Orleans Oct. 12". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d Brownstone, Sydney. "Tig Notaro: You'll Laugh, You'll Cry". Mother Jones (May/June 2013). Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ Allen, Sandra (August 9, 2013). "Tig Notaro And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Yet Somehow Completely Amazing Year". BuzzFeed. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Person: Renaud Notaro". Earwolf. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ McCarthy, Sean L. (October 19, 2009). "Interview: Tig Notaro talks about her show-biz career, and curating The Bentzen Ball in D.C.". The Comic's Comic. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  9. ^ Coviello, Will (January 3, 2011). "Interview: Tig Notaro". The Gambit Weekly. Retrieved May 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ Rapa, Patrick (September 14, 2011). "Tig Notaro: Don't Rush Me". Magnet. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  11. ^ Bond, Nick (April 12, 2012). "Xena, Joan Jett and me". Star Observer. Archived from the original on April 17, 2011. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  12. ^ Bendix, Trish (September 17, 2012). "Tig Notaro gets personal". After Ellen. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ Shapiro, Gregg (September 22, 2011). "Lesbian comic Tig Notaro coming to Wisconsin". Wisconsin Gazette. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  14. ^ Notaro, Tig. "190 Tig's Love Life Update Stephanie Allynne". Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  15. ^ Brekke, Kira (September 9, 2014). "Tig Notaro Opens Up About Finding Love: 'She's My Utmost Priority'" (VIDEO INTERVIEW). Huffington Post. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Tig Notaro Has Breast Cancer: Comedian Announces Illness On Podcast One Day After Diagnosis". The Huffington Post. August 4, 2012. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  17. ^ Gross, Terry; Bianculli, David (July 26, 2013). "Tig Notaro On Going 'Live' About Her Life" (AUDIO INTERVIEW). Fresh Air ( Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  18. ^ a b Edwards, Gavin (October 5, 2012). "Louis C.K. Selling Tig Notaro's Instantly Legendary Comedy Set". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  19. ^ a b "Tig Notaro: Comedian" (VIDEO INTERVIEWS). Makers. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  20. ^ "About Tig Notaro". Louis CK. October 5, 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  21. ^ " FAQ". Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  22. ^ Eakin, Marah (October 17, 2012). "People Still Buy Comedy Records: Tig Notaro sells 75,000 copies of Live, is technically more popular than Kiss". A.V. Club. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  23. ^ a b c Zinoman, Jason (November 7, 2014). "Going Topless, Tig Notaro Takes Over Town Hall". The New York Times. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  24. ^ Notaro, Tig (September 20, 2012). Conan. Interview with Conan O'Brien. TBS. Burbank, California. 
  25. ^ Puente, Maria (November 11, 2014). "Tig Notaro explains medical crisis: A burst cyst". USA Today. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  26. ^ Puvanenthiran, Bhakthi (November 17, 2014). "Comedian Tig Notaro cancels Australian tour due to illness". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  27. ^ Marantz, Andrew (November 7, 2014). "Tig Notaro's Topless Set". The New Yorker. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  28. ^ Holland, Jessica (October 20, 2012). "How Tig Notaro turned tragedy into comic gold". The Guardian. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  29. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 2, 2013). "Showtime Sets Tig Notaro Documentary". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  30. ^ Comedian Tig Notaro Plays Not My Job. Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me (Radio broadcast) (NPR). July 20, 2012. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  31. ^ Sagal, Peter (December 19, 2013). "Comedian Tig Notaro Plays Not My Job". Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! (NPR). Retrieved February 23, 2015. 

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