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My only gripes with this album is that it's a little short, and I had already heard bits and pieces of some of the jokes from following Tig, but that's fairly typical with comedy.
GOOD ONE TIG.
Notaro's best-known bit, the "Taylor Dayne" monologue, a 12-minute piece about her frequent run-ins with a once-famous pop singer from the 80s, is on this album. That piece alone makes it worth purchasing. Still hilarious the fifth time around, calling out those who don't understand the statute of limitations of fifteen minutes. Most of the other bits are shorter, sometimes nonsensical pieces about showering babies and friends who crowd your personal space with useless banter and/or information. My personal favorite is the album's 12th track "Self Defense/Shark Attack", where she gets into a discussion with a couple of audience members about Tae Kwon Do.
The CD is bundled with a bonus DVD, "Have Tig At Your Party" an Andy Kaufmanesque sendup of informercials that will make you appreciate social satire's nth degree, or simply annoy the hell out of you, depending on your opinion of Sarah Silverman (who makes a guest appearance on the DVD). The DVD has two parts, the first being a 30-minute parody of informercials, and the second half is literally 58 minutes of Tig standing in front of a green screen, assuming the persona of a cocktail party wallflower. It's weirdly funny, and sometimes just for laughs my wife and I will put the second half on while we clean the house or have friends over for poker.
Good luck on beating cancer, Ms. Notaro! This fan is rooting for a smooth recovery for you...
The jokes here? Meh.
The first fifteen minutes of the album are a rapid series of throwaway observations. They're cute and clever, but not really laugh-worthy. The kind of comments that, if your friends said them, would have you nod and smile and say, "Yeah, that's funny," rather than actually guffaw out loud. (Can You Believe It? and No Moleste are the best of the bunch.) This is followed by a 12 minute story about Taylor Dayne that is amusing but, again, not in the way that will get you to muster any more energy to laugh at it than Tig uses to tell it.
The best section in the album is a twelve minute interlude where Tig interacts with the audience on self defense classes and the nature of shark attacks. You can really see her comedic muscle in this part, not the least because you can actually hear her amusing herself and pulling out past her standard monotone delivery. The last six minutes are some cheesy impression jokes as well as a repetitive ending that culminates in people singing happy birthday to her three or four times in a row.
She's got a very companionable and warm delivery, but the substance just isn't there to sustain it over a single, let alone multiple, listens.
She's very observant, and wry, and honest. She's not the kind of comic that will yell and exclaim over different things. Instead, she makes these quiet little observations about people and the world and they are just so *right* on that it's hysterical.
Of course, the best bit on the CD is the Taylor Dayne story. Also, the various interactions with the audience (especially about self defense and sharks). But there's so much funny stuff here, it's easy for me to recommend the entire CD. Especially great for listening to in the car - my husband and I listen to a lot of audio books and comedy in the car (our nearest "city" is about 45 minutes away, so it's the perfect length of time for a comedy set) and Tig's great for that.
I can see listening to this over and over, as well. It's just good stuff. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect to throw in during road trip. Even though older material, if you haven't had a good dose of Tig, this is Hilarious stuff.Published on June 1, 2014 by Bette
I'd heard an interview with her on PBS. She talked about going into hysterics over her 'last straw' and hearing that God doesn't give us any more than we can handle. Read morePublished on February 15, 2014 by Ruby
Super-funny lady! I love Tig. Low key, thoughtful humor that makes you smile all day. Listen to her on Professor Blastoff podcast too!Published on January 21, 2014 by Steven Yates
Tig's live sets are great, and so is this recording. She's sharp and her humor will catch you off guard. She doesn't fear the awkward pause...in fact, she embraces it. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Aimee L. Schmidt
I love Tig and she never disappoints! :) Also get her album Live, pronounced Live, not Live. Although it is live.Published on November 12, 2013 by Stephanie Faith Arvai
I love this album. When it comes to Tig it seems people either love her or don't get why everyone else likes and are left confused. I get that. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by Maiku Kisaragi
I'm notoriously difficult to make laugh out loud, but I really pissed off the riders on the train's "quiet car" the first time I listened to Good One. Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by JW
I like Tig. And this is good stand up. I would also suggest Live, which I would give 5 starts too.Published on April 22, 2013 by Elena