Tig Notaro Is Performing Stand-up in People’s Homes, Filming It
It’s 3:20 a.m. (Do you know where your kids are?) You and your family are asleep in your home when you awake to the sound of a voice downstairs. Groggy and still unsure whether this is a dream or a Liam Neeson movie, you grab a baseball bat and head downstairs. Making sure you make no noise as you inch down the stairs (why did you bother to put your slippers on before confronting this intruder? why do we do anything we do?) you prepare yourself for what you’ll find in your living room. You hurl yourself around the corner, bat raised above your head and daggers in your eyes, where you find beloved comedian Tig Notaro performing a set in front of your sun-stained sectional sofa, a crew of cameramen filming the whole thing.
Okay, that’s not exactly what’s happening, but it’s close.
Next month, Tig Notaro will be performing her brutally honest stand-up in people’s homes. Showtime will film the whole thing and air a documentary about it, calling it Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro. To apply, you simply go to tigroadtrip.com and tell the crew “who you are and where you live, we want to know who you would invite to the show, and we want you to tell us why you would be the ideal host for a Tig Notaro performance. Finally, we want to know where you would ask Tig to perform; all ideas are welcome!” Notaro has done something similar in the past, performing at people’s homes with the Crackpot Comedy Tour in 2006.
Notaro has been something of a rising star in the comedy world for quite some time now, but most will know her as the woman who began a 30-minute set at Largo in August of last year by announcing she had cancer: “Thank you, thank you, I have cancer, thank you, I have cancer, really, thank you.” That set has received the praise of many of her peers, including Ed Helms (who called it “one of the most amazing stand-up sets I’ve ever seen”) and Louis C.K. (“In 27 years doing this, I’ve seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro last night at Largo.”)
Go ahead and apply, or don’t, you’re just another person I have to compete with.