Impassively Outrageous

Like her pals Sarah Silverman and Zach Galifianakis, Tig Notaro drops smoldering comedy bombs through her laconic deadpan. But unlike Silverman’s inflammatory ingénue or Galifianakis’s ingenuous prick, there’s a world-weary knowingness to Notaro’s persona, with suspicious stares and loaded pauses functioning as a shorthand for, “Can you believe this shit?” Notaro has waded through metric tons of figurative shit: Since escaping the music business in the 1990s to pursue a stand-up career, she has made a modest name for herself while many of her peers from the alt-comedy world have become big-screen stars. Notaro has landed a number of higher-profile gigs — Officer Tig on The Sarah Silverman Program, a stint on Last Comic Standing, and a solo half-hour Comedy Central special — but this may be the year that her hard work pays off in a bigger way. She has a pilot for the Logo Network in the pipeline, and she just released her first comedy album, Good One, which collects many of Notaro’s best-loved bits, including her takes on Chas Bono’s sex-change, the “no moleste” signs that hang from the doorknobs of Mexican hotel rooms, and aggravatingly overused phrases. To get the full effect, see Notaro live, where her wry skepticism has a delectably acidic tang.

Sean Keane and Groomed for Success open.
Thu., Sept. 29, 7:30 & 10 p.m., 2011

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