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Tig (2015)

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The personal Biography of Tig Notaro, a Stand-up comedian who was diagnosed with cancer.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Stephanie Allynne ... Herself
Zach Galifianakis ... Himself
Sarah Silverman ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jennifer Bliss Jennifer Bliss ... Herself
Louis C.K. ... Himself (archive footage)
Jimmy Fallon ... Himself (archive footage)
Craig Ferguson ... Himself (archive footage)
Jimmy Kimmel ... Himself (archive footage)
Demetri Martin ... Himself (archive footage)
Kumail Nanjiani ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Tig Notaro ... Herself
Conan O'Brien ... Himself - Host (archive footage)
Andy Richter ... Himself (archive footage)
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An intimate, mixed media documentary that follows Tig Notaro, a Los Angeles based comedian, who just days after being diagnosed with invasive stage II breast cancer changed the course of her career with a poignant stand-up set that became legendary overnight. This documentary explores Tig's extraordinary journey as her career ignites and as her life unfolds in grand and unexpected ways, all the while continuing to battle a life-threatening illness and falling in love. This film is a hybrid of comedy and drama that captures a personal journey about facing crisis head on with honesty and grace and overcoming pain and suffering with the healing power of comedy. It's a story about moving forward during a period of your life when you don't know what is going to happen. When you are willing to risk it all for what you believe is the right thing to do and for what you want to happen in this life. Written by Beachside Films

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Finding life in the face of death.

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USA

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English

Release Date:

6 June 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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The comedy club "Largo" exempted its no video policy for Tig's set to be filmed for this documentary. See more »


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Slight in style but heavy in content.
8 August 2015 | by Sergeant_TibbsSee all my reviews

I regret admitting that I didn't know more about Tig Notaro before this documentary. She was a familiar face for the past handful of years, most notably in the film In A World, but not a familiar name, bopping just below my radar. Louis C.K. was her biggest advocate so I really should've recognized her, plus she makes a couple of memorable appearances on Inside Amy Schumer which I watched recently. Netflix's documentary Tig is good catchup for anyone with a passing interest, and a brisk way to get the full story. Whereas usually documentaries about comedians don't warrant bigger screen treatment as their stories can seem trivial if they don't involve social action, Tig may be a documentary that feels slight on the surface but it's able to get very heavy in the extremely personal side. While it's primarily a survival story, there's also a sweet love story here to enjoy with her financee Stephanie Allynne that breaks the boundaries of sexuality as she never considered herself homosexual until Tig. It's just the love for another person, which is wonderful to see in any context.

The film starts out very strong - funny, tragic, and gripping. Her legendary but heard-and- not-seen performance where Tig beared her soul to the audience, beginning the show with 'I have cancer, how are you?' is a great introduction to her sense of humour and expert delivery. It may repeat its best moments later, but they still get laughs. However, as it bursts from the major struggles and focuses on the 'what now' stage of her career, the film does lose momentum, critically by the third act. Perhaps it could have embellished earlier engaging segments just a little longer to develop it a bit more. It's very easy to sympathize with her plight, including her desire to have a baby, but while we can't speak for what was going on in Tig's head at the time, the film does ignore other options to have children until near the end. It's difficult to really feel the high stakes when it comes to the second half. The doc is typically held back by its short ambitions, besides attractively composed interviews, you wish they had better footage in the verite scenes. Nevertheless, Tig is still a very funny and poignant portrait of a great modern comedienne. You come away just wishing Notaro all the best.

7/10


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