Tig Notaro is funny without trying too hard. Her standup is self-effacing and offhandedly clever, her impressions are … unexpected, but that time she made a phone call while being interviewed by Conan O’Brien — that was comedy gold (watch the clip below).
Notaro, originally from Mississippi, is currently based in Los Angeles. She’s appeared on “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” “Subergatory” and “The Office” among other TV shows, and was featured on Comedy Central. She co-wrote and directed the Kickstarter-funded series “Clown Service,” released three albums and was a guest on NPR’s “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” The comedian is also known for addressing her cancer treatments during a live show at Largo in LA.
The good news is that Notaro has recovered from cancer — she’s currently writing a memoir and working on a Showtime documentary — and has other big goals. Such as hosting the next Oscars. She recently posted an open letter “to the people looking for a new Oscar host” on her website. “Let me start by saying that I don’t have a problem with Neil Patrick Harris. This letter is STRICTLY an attempt to procure work for myself and if that means bumping this dude out of the way next year, then so be it,” she begins.
Among the top 11 reasons why she should be chosen to hoist the awards show, Notaro lists, “I live relatively close to the theater and wouldn’t be late,” “I’ve only seen Grease and Star Wars, so after-party chitchat will be a definite strength,” and “Several years back I was hired by comedian Aziz Ansari for an entire day to write for The MTV Movie Awards when he was host and then -BAM!- the next year writer/executive producer Jill Soloway hired me for an entire half day to write for the Emmy’s when Jane Lynch hosted, so I really know the ins and outs of the whole process basically.”
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