“It all started at a party when the comedian Tig Notaro approached Taylor Dayne, a singer whose star has faded since the early 1990s, and said, “Excuse me, I’m sorry to bother you, but I just have to tell you: I love your voice.”—NY Times article on Tig Notaro who provided one of the best segments of the This American Life live show, Invisible Made Visible. (via thepen)
Do you remember the first time you did stand-up comedy?
Tig Notaro:Oh yeah, very well. I can never remember exactly when I started stand-up; I think it was 97’ or 98’. I was in Los Angeles and it was a coffee shop and I went up onstage and I had been talking to myself for probably months before that, doing that whole chunk of material, just looking at myself in the mirror and talking to myself. It was so weird to actually perform it in front of an audience. Even though my goal should be laughter, I didn’t ever account for laughter, because I was always so used to talking to myself that when I went onstage and told my jokes, when people laughed; I wish I could see video of that first night because I’m certain I looked alarmed when I heard laughter coming from the audience.
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“I think it’s so funny – that distance from things that were so scary to you as a kid and now. Now as an adult, it’s my job to let everyone know my secrets I was trying to keep. It’s unbelievable that I will actually sit onstage and tell people that I had a greasy bowl haircut and I hated to take baths and I wet my pants and reeked of urine and carried a briefcase when I was 9.”—Tig Notaro (LA CityBeat Magazine)