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Tragedy minus time equals comedy with Tig Notaro

Tig Notaro has made a life of comedy, but it took tragedy to catapult her career to another level of success.

Over the course of her career, Notaro earned new fans and acclaim with her approach to comedy. A few years ago, several personal tragedies – a breakdown of romantic relationship, the death of her mother and the diagnosis of breast cancer – led to Notaro dealing with it publicly and on stage.

“Good evening,” she told a crowd at Los Angeles’ Largo club in 2012, the same day as her diagnosis. “I have cancer. How are you?” Fellow comic Louis CK, who was in the audience, called that night one of the greatest stand-up performances he’d ever seen.

She has released two albums, “Good One” and “Live,” and performed an HBO comedy special, “Boyish Girl Interrupted.” Notaro is also the subject of two documentaries, “Tig” on Netflix and “Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro” on Showtime, and produced and starred in the Amazon series, “One Mississippi.”

Notaro will take the stage at 8 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). Tickets are $35 (box office, Ticketmaster). Visit

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