Comedy favorite Tig Notaro has been in the stand-up game for two decades now, but you could never accuse her of standing still or being predictable when it comes to her storytelling. Her new Netflix comedy special, Happy to Be Here, offers audiences a wonderful update on her fascinating journey and highlights why we can’t get enough of her unique style of truth-telling.
I caught up with the comic, writer and actor to find out more about Happy to Be Here, her fascinating creative life and how comedy reflects her real world.
Listen to the podcast interview.
Notaro views Happy to Be Here as the third piece to a trilogy. With her 2012 release, Live, and 2015’s Boyish Girl Interrupted reflecting the difficult challenges she faced during those times, Happy to Be Here is the happy update we all hope for beyond adversity.
For the woman whose comedy would become legendary, not to mention educationally important, because of her own breast cancer diagnosis, survival and frank reveal, Happy to Be Here couldn’t have a better title. While Boyish Girl Interrupted felt like “crawling out of all of the rubble,” Notaro says her writing for the new Netflix special felt very different. “I just noticed that there was nothing heavy about what I was writing. It was all really fun and lighthearted, and I just felt like it was pure joy.”
Happy to Be Here reminds us that laughter and its power can come from all experiences. And Notaro’s seamless delivery hands over the laughs in the true Tig style that can positively change your day. Read more here.