This year I developed an adoration of Lady Dynamite on Netflix. This was not my usual light hearted comedy of choice. I will do a separate post about this obsession at some stage so I shall go against every urge in my body to tell you all about here and now. But it was through this binge watching marathon that I first briefly set eyes on Tig Notaro. She had a cameo appearance in a scene with Maria Bamford and Sarah Silverman and that was the height of my knowledge.
My friend told me about Tig’s stand up special, “Boyish Girl Interrupted” and she was adamant that I needed to watch it. I love a good stand-up special so there was no argument. BRING. ON. THE. LOLS.
We started watching and it was clear to me within seconds that this was going to be no ordinary experience. I had never seen anyone perform comedy like Tig. She had this ability to make me hang on every single word she said. At no other time have I felt compelled to give a standing ovation to ANYONE while watching them on a computer screen in my living room. I had no idea who she was or where she had come from but I was absolutely blown away.
It was after this that I decided to do some invesTIGations (see what I did there? I know, wordplay). There is a documentary available on Netflix UK called “Tig” and I cannot stress enough how important it is that you watch this – I mean it – go now, click the link and add it to your list. I don’t think I have ever watched anything like it. I can’t think of anyone else with the ability to reach every part of my emotional spectrum in a matter of 91 minutes. I dare you to not cry the most heartfelt of tears and laugh the most obnoxious of laughs while you watch. Ps if you manage to get through it and not have an emotional awakening then I think we need to reconsider this relationship. It’s not me, it’s you.
I don’t want to give too much away. If you don’t already know Tig’s story so far, it is definitely one that you need to hear in her own voice. I won’t do it justice so I’m not even going to attempt to summarise. Not only that, to summarise it would be a travesty. We have all heard that ‘comedy is born from tragedy,’ but this is SO. MUCH. MORE.
So, I think it’s clear I kind of love Tig. When I saw that she was creating and starring in her own show on Amazon Video I almost exploded. That was not even an exaggeration, on release day I was diagnosed with a stubborn case of giardiasis – ergo I actually almost exploded.
One Mississippi is described as a ‘semi-autobiographical dark comedy.’ I would describe it as the main reason I’m glad I forgot to cancel my Amazon Prime subscription after the free trial, the only thing that made me genuinely laugh throughout the duration of my parasitic infestation and THE best original series I have watched in FOREVER.
I am about to read Tig’s book, it’s called, I’m Just A Person. On the back is a quote from Ira Glass which reads,
“Tig is now in the heads of hundreds of thousands of people who don’t see her as a comic – she’s now their favourite person.”
I can without doubt say that, for me, this is true.