Tig Notaro isn't one your standard "rising star" comedians: She turned a hellish four-month period in 2012 -- which included pneumonia, a serious stomach illness, her mother's death, an ended relationship and (to top it off) a breast cancer diagnosis -- into a 30-minute comedy set performed last August at Largo in Los Angeles. Louis C.K. loved it so much he dubbed it "one of the great, masterful standup sets" that he had ever seen in his career.
Which is why local comic Kelsey McClure, who operates the site Comedy In The Lou, really, really wants Notaro to choose a St. Louis venue to be featured on her upcoming Showtime-backed comedy road trip across the country. For McClure (an RFT contributor), it's not just about seeing a great comedian, but it's a chance to give St. Louis a much deserved boost in the national comedy landscape.
So what does one have to do attract a bodacious talent like Notaro? Essentially: Pitch a venue, any venue. Seriously, any venue. From her website:
Are you a fan of the comedian TIG NOTARO? Are you interested in hosting a private Tig Notaro performance - in your very own home? At the beginning of August, Tig will be traveling across the country in order to put on a series of private comedy performances in the homes, back yards, driveways, and cul-de-sacs of her most loyal fans. The performances will be filmed as part of a documentary that is being produced for SHOWTIME.
Do you want to host one of these shows? If so, we want to hear from you! We want to know 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! Tig is game to play in barns, in basements, on rooftops, in living rooms. Or at a back yard BBQ, or a dysfunctional family reunion, or even a Friday night open bar on your front porch. Tig will pick her favorite locations, hit the road, and put on a great show.
So that's what McClure did, deputizing friends from the local stand-up community to help make a short video in which McClure introduces Notaro to the city and to the proposed venue, the 4 Hands Brewery.
McClure, who helps run the Thursday night open mics at Fitz's, tells Daily RFT that she's made it to the second round of selections. We'll be following with excitement her completely reasonable obsession with bringing Notaro to St. Louis.
In the meantime, check out this footage of Notaro from last year: