Comedian Tig Notaro has unleashed a slew of projects in 2016, from a Netflix documentary to an Amazon series, and she’ll be performing on November 5 at Carnegie Hall for the New York Comedy Festival. The press tour promoting all this content has been wonderfully soothing.
The world is a dark, depressing place, and reading Tig Notaro’s words makes the future seem worth walking steadily toward anyway. In an interview with Gothamist’s Max Kyburz, Notaro talks about famously removing her shirt on stage for the first time when her cancer diagnosis pushed her to be vulnerable in a way she had never ventured before, saying, “I felt compelled to be, because I didn’t know if I was going to be alive for very long. I had something to say and didn’t know what my timeline was, and I wanted to take a risk on that.”
Her risk paid off creatively, which is why so many things are being released now, around four years after she says she was inundated with project offers. But one of the best things she talks about is her twins, Finn and Max, born this summer. Notaro is looking forward to doing all the cutesy parent things with her kids and wife Stephanie Allynne.
What about parenthood excites you the most? Oh my gosh, there’s a bazillion things. This coming weekend, we’re taking them to a pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin. It’s those ridiculous things. I can’t wait to put my babies in a pile of hay next to a pumpkin. I can’t wait to take them trick or treating. I can’t wait until Christmas, Thanksgiving, to have a full house with family passing the babies around. We are going to go on a family vacation at some point. There’s different parts of the country they’re going to be traveling to with us. Just...everything. I can’t wait until they can walk, I can’t wait until they talk, I can’t wait...it’s the best thing in the world. I’m happy to report that.
What are you dressing them up as? A generically cute pumpkin and bunny.
When the world is getting you down, just picture Tig Notaro posing a bunny baby and a pumpkin baby in a hay bale for momentary relief.