Comedian Tig Notaro is star of Sundance doc, host of awards

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Posted: Jan 30, 2015 2:44 PM
Comedian Tig Notaro is star of Sundance doc, host of awards

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Don't ask comedian Tig Notaro about her approach to hosting the Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony. The closing event is Saturday night, but she hasn't even thought about it.

"I have no idea what I'm going to be doing," she said. "I take things one at a time and right now I just wanted to get through the premiere and the screenings."

Along with hosting the closing ceremony, Notaro is the subject of a documentary that premiered at the festival.

"Tig" introduces moviegoers to the standup comic who used a Los Angeles performance to help cope with a breast cancer diagnosis and the unexpected death of her mother. The performance was later released as a CD at the behest of comic Louis C.K.

The documentary delves even deeper into Notaro's life than that very personal set, as she finds herself falling in love and reveals her desire to have a child.

"The crazy thing with the documentary is I agreed to do it assuming they were going to be capturing an awesome ride in life. And they caught awesome moments, but they also caught really devastating moments and I just was not prepared for that," Notaro said. "I wasn't prepared to fall in love. I wasn't prepared to be devastated with other events. It's very uncomfortable. But it's something I wanted to do wholeheartedly."

The film was directed by Notaro's good friend, Kristina Goolsby, and Ashley York. It includes appearances by fellow comic Sarah Silverman and by Notaro's now-fiancée, Stephanie Allyne, who accompanied her to Sundance and sat beside her as she gave interviews.

Notaro is no stranger to the independent film festival — she volunteered as a shuttle monitor for years — but she's never been quite so high-profile in Park City. Making the documentary showed her she's a risk-taker, she said, and sharing such personal experiences with an audience has been oddly rewarding.

"As rough as things were, what feels amazing is it's triumphant. It's a triumphant feeling in the end," she said. "To be in a room of hundreds of people feeling these same emotions, it's really dreamy."

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