‘Tig Notaro: Drawn’ Review: Tig’s Animated Standup Special Brilliantly Colors Outside the Lines

‘Tig Notaro: Drawn’ Review: Tig’s Animated Standup Special Brilliantly Colors Outside the Lines
Since galvanizing standup comedy with the arrestingly personal 2012 album “Live,” Tig Notaro has been a trusted source of joy for those who prefer their chuckles with a side of achingly real musings on life’s unavoidable hardships. The improvised half-hour, which famously begins with “Hi, I have cancer…” and proceeds to imagine God musing, “I think she can take a little more,” set a new high bar for vulnerability in comedy.

From “Nanette” to “Inside” to mental health jokes proliferating on sweaty basement stages, vulnerability is the new comedic currency. Lest traditionalists be dissuaded, Notaro is first and foremost a comedian, and a very funny one at that. All “Live” did was elevate her brand of dry observational comedy on mundane topics — from ‘80s singer Taylor Dayne to the spelling of “diarrhea” — to the near-divine.

The comedian’s latest special, “Tig Notaro: Drawn,” may not reach as holy heights (a
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