Anyway, some months ago I was watching Conan and Tig Notaro was a guest. She was introduced as this amazingly brave comedian who'd survived cancer, and she had a CD out that Louis CK was raving about.
First thing I thought when I heard about the cancer: I'll bet she's not that funny. They're just saying that because they feel obligated to. They think she's gone through hell, and is raising awareness about her illness so she deserves support ... But I certainly hoped to be proved wrong.
Anyway, she chatted to Conan and described all these horrific events in her life. And she joked about them. My heart went out to her. She was clearly a very strong woman. But my suspicions were confirmed. Even though I really wanted to find her funny, I just couldn't.
A couple of nights ago I saw another Conan episode in which she appeared (this, like so many episodes shown here, was from several months ago, I think). I watched with interest to see if she had anything actually witty or amusing to say. She chatted with Conan but again I didn't even crack a smile.
She showed a gonzo segment making fun of how so few people recognize her, even though she's technically "famous". In the piece she went around to various businesses trying to get her photo placed on the wall. It was excruciatingly unfunny.
Sure, I haven't seen her do a standup set. Maybe she's much better doing prepared material. But from what I've seen so far she strikes me as being seriously overrated. Actually, I think she's quite dim. And dimness is not a characteristic you tend to associate with comics. Even if their schtick is not to your liking, you can always see the intelligence in their eyes
I think Tig Notaro has been getting by mostly on her identity. She's a woman in a male dominated profession, appears to be a lesbian and is a cancer survivor. So she's held to a much lower standard than other comics. Most of the people in the comedy scene wouldn't dare criticize her. To do so would qualify them as heartless, illiberal reactionaries.
What do you think? Am I being too harsh?