Mathilde “TIG” O’Callaghan NOTARO is an American stand-up comic, writer, writer, radio contributor, and actress born on this date. She is known for her deadpan comedy. Her acclaimed album Live was nominated in 2014 for the Grammy Award for Best Comey Album. The special Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted was nominated in 2016 at the PrimeTime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special. In 2017, the album Boyish Girl Interrupted was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.
Notaro was diagnosed with cancer in both breasts in July 2012. In August she addressed her recent cancer diagnosis 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.
The next day, comedian Louis C.K. called Notaro, telling her he wanted to release the audio of the show. She was uncomfortable with the idea at first but decided the material could help people, so she agreed. C.K. made audio of the performance available that October for download on his site under the title Live. Notaro later released the audio (with booklet) on iTunes. Live ended up selling more copies than Kiss’ album Monster, which debuted the same week, something Notaro said she never dreamed could happen. She was a fan of the band in her youth.
Notaro met her wife, Stephanie Allynne, on the set of the movie In A World… They became engaged in January 2015 and were married in October 2015. They welcomed twin sons in 2016, conceived using Allynne’s eggs via a surrogate.
Notaro later had a double mastectomy with no reconstructive surgery. Notaro opted out of chemo but decided to continue treatment with hormone blocking. After a show in Philadelphia, Notaro was hospitalized and required surgery for a cyst.
In November 2014, as part of the New York Comedy Festival, Notaro did a set at Town Hall in New York City wherein she performed part of the set topless. 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.