Instant Gratification: “Tig” and four other good movies to watch on Netflix and Amazon Prime


Tig” (Netflix) — My full review is here. This documentary on comedian Tig Notaro is intimate and revealing, even for a film about a standup comedian who turned her bout with breast cancer into a legendary stand-up show. The doc looks at what comes after for Notaro, as she struggles to figure out the next chapter in her professional life, falls in love and pursues her dream of having a baby.

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Sundance Film Festival: “Tig” shows that God doesn’t give us any more stand-up material than we can handle

Planned Parenthood Federation Of America's 2014 Gala Awards Dinner

I expected the documentary “Tig” to be a well-deserved victory lap for comedian Tig Notaro. Notaro famously took a barrage of personal tragedy (a debilitating digestive illness, the death of her mother, and breast cancer) and turned it into a historic live comedy show at Los Angeles’ Largo nightclub.

But “Tig” is much more honest and revealing than that. A 25-minute stand-up set did not solve all her problems, and though she is in complete remission thanks to a double mastectomy, there’s still a life to be lived for Notaro, in all its ups and downs.

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