Cry ’Til You Laugh

In 2012, comedian Tig Notaro had a slew of bad luck. She contracted a life-threatening intestinal disease, lost her mother and her relationship, then was diagnosed with breast cancer. Instead of hiding, though, Notaro went on stage and aired her personal problems. “I didn’t know if I was going to live, or if I was ever going to perform again,” she says. “I wanted to be authentic and mention what was going on in my life and make light of it somehow.”

Notaro’s set, which was later released as the album Live, received overwhelming support from fans and comedians like Louis C.K., who said it was one of the best comedy sets he’d ever seen. Now Notaro is back with a new tour, Boyish Girl Interrupted, during which she’ll touch on past and present experiences.

Currently happy and healthy, Notaro says those experiences helped her gain a new perspective on life and comedy. “I’m realizing that people connect more with personal stories,” she says. “[Now] I kind of just scroll through my life and think what would be interesting to expound upon on stage. I never really looked at things like that before.”

Hear Notaro get on with her life tonight at 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. For tickets, $25, go to
Sun., Nov. 9, 8 p.m., 2014

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