If you don't already know and love who Tig Notaro is, your chance is coming up: She's amongst HBO's newest additions. According to Deadline, Notaro is getting a comedy special that will be filmed later this year. It's a pretty great opportunity for Notaro — and for the rest of the world, who will have even more access to the greatness of one of the comedy scene's beloved names.
Notaro, in case you are unfamiliar, is a comic who gave an instantly legendary set at the Largo in 2012 about the death of her mother and her own struggle with breast cancer. The set became iconic practically immediately despite the fact that until Louis C.K. put it up on his website it was mainly spread through word-of-mouth. Still, with an opening line like "Thank you, thank you, I have cancer, thank you, I have cancer, really, thank you"? Damn.
As Vulture relayed about that night at the Largo:
Notaro received a long standing ovation and Twitter accolades from the other comedians present, including Louis C.K., who performed a surprise set later on ("in 27 years doing this, I've seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro last night at Largo"), Bill Burr, who also did his act ("Just saw Tig Notaro at Largo ... made me feel like I was an open miker. Absolute genius!"), and Ed Helms ("Tig Notaro just blew my mind at Largo. One of the most amazing stand-up sets I've ever seen").
More recently, Notaro performed half her set topless, her double-masectomy scars on display. As Jezebel put it at the time, "Tig Notaro is a f******g legend."
But for those who don't pay much attention to comedy, she's not yet a household. But if there's anybody who deserves to be after blowing away half the comedians who are household names, it's her. According to Deadline she's already about to be the subject of a feature-length documentary premiering at Sundance. Maybe this HBO special could get her even more.