Tig Notaro

Spanish translations keep this comedian tossing in her sleep

Tig Notaro likes her name, so she’s keeping it. In one bit, the comedian talks about how she would never lend her name to a product like Jenny Craig, an illness like Lou Gehrig’s Disease or anything else. “I wouldn’t want to be driving down the road one day and see a billboard that said, ‘I did Tig Notaro for three weeks and lost 50 pounds,’” she says.

The only thing Notaro’s name is synonymous with is comedy. Her most notable résumé points include a half-hour special on Comedy Central, a guest-starring role on The Sarah Silverman Program, a spot on Jimmy Kimmel Live and a good run on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. All these opportunities make for a lot of time on the road and in hotels. Onstage, Notaro talks about one trip to a resort in New Mexico, where she had to hang the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door. “Or for the Spanish speaking: ‘No moleste.’ That was kind of a creepy feeling hanging that on my door before bed,” she says, explaining how once, after she told that joke, a guy tried to set her straight about the meaning. “‘[It] means to annoy or bother,’” the guy told her. “Yeah, I know,” she responded and added: “No moleste.” 8:30 p.m. The Laff Stop, 526 Waugh. Notaro also performs at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8:30 p.m. Sunday. For tickets and information, call 713-524-2333 or visit www.laffstop.com. $20 to $25.
Wed., May 7, 8:30 p.m.; Thu., May 8, 8:30 p.m.; Fri., May 9, 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Sat., May 10, 8 & 10:30 p.m., 2008

 
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