Oct 092013

In this episode of the Wait Wait… In 2012, comedian Louis C.K. tweeted: “In 27 years doing this, I’ve seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro last night at Largo.” The set C.K. was referring to was Notaro’s performance the day she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. That set became “Tig Notaro: Live,” which is now out now on iTunes.

We’ve invited Notaro to play a game called “Tig, meet Tug.” Frank Edwin McGraw, known as Tug, was one of the great relief pitchers in baseball, or at least the most colorful. We’ll ask Notaro three questions about her near-namesake.

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PETER SAGAL, HOST: And now the game where we ask accomplished people to do something that barely registers as an accomplishment. Last year, the comedian Louis C.K. tweeted: “In 27 years doing this, I’ve seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets, and one was Tig Notaro last night,” unquote. That set became “Tig Notaro: Live.” The album is now out now on iTunes, and we’re very excited to have her with us today. Tig Notaro welcome to WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!

TIG NOTARO: Thank you.


SAGAL: So you’re a standup and have been doing it for years, but you got into it relatively late for a standup, in your late 20s, is that right?

NOTARO: Yeah, I think I was maybe 26 or 27.

SAGAL: And were you one of those people, were you like when you graduated high school, were you like class clown because you were always cracking people up in high school?

NOTARO: Oh, I failed three grades and dropped out of high school.


SAGAL: You failed?

NOTARO: I wasn’t – I wasn’t voted anything except probably least likely.

SAGAL: Really? You seem like a talented, intelligent, accomplished person. How did you flunk out of high school?

NOTARO: I guess I just wasn’t interested. I didn’t do work. I – yeah, it was pretty easy.


SAGAL: I guess it actually doesn’t take that much, really.

NOTARO: Yeah, it takes very little.



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