Tig Notaro and Rosie O’Donnell are getting HBO Comedy Specials


Tig Notaro‘s star is continuing to rise, as HBO has announced they are giving the out comic her first-ever comedy special, taping later this year. Tig already has a Showtime documentary, Knock Knock! It’s Tig Notaro, in the works, with no firm air date as of yet, but HBO promises an “exclusive presentation … in an all-new standup performance before a live audience.”

Tig is also the focus of a documentary premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this month, and she will be hosting the Sundance Closing Awards ceremony. She recently became engaged to partner Stephanie Allynne and is working on a memoir, due out in 2016.


“Tig Notaro is a ‘comedian’s comedian,’ whose uniquely fearless and always funny voice has won acclaim from critics and fans alike,” says HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo. “I’m so happy that we will be able to introduce this remarkable performer to a larger audience.”

Although longtime fans have been with Tig since she started in stand-up and guest starred on The Sarah Silverman Program, it wasn’t until a 2012 performance where the comic announced she was recovering from breast cancer and a subsequent double-mastectomy that she was introduced to a mainstream crowd. The confessional set, delivered at L.A.’s famed stand-up venue Largo, was recorded and released by Louis CK and helped Tig find gigs on This American Life and a small role on Transparent. It was around this time that she first spoke to the press about dating women, and subsequently coming out in the public eye.

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In 2014, with her cancer in remission, the comic went on the road this year for her Boyish Girl, Interrupted tour but was forced to take some time off when she encountered a painful cyst that caused internal bleeding. She has since been able to reschedule some tour dates and return to regular hilarious duties.

HBO has long been a supporter of the LGBT community, so it’s exciting to see they are continuing their support, especially with stand-up from one of our favorite comics who truly has something to say every time she steps up to the mic. Tig takes on topics from being misgendered to awkward interactions with Taylor Dane, to living through her cancer scare while losing her mother and going through a breakup in the same year. Tig’s irreverent comedy is something anyone could find smart, funny and all-around enjoyable. More Tig in 2015!

HBO also announced it will premiere Rosie O’Donnell: A Heartfelt Stand-Up on February 14. The press release calls the special “a hybrid form of standup comedy, inspired by her recent near-fatal heart attack.” Directed by Dan Chaykin, Heartfelt will show Rosie on stage exploring “topics ranging from the challenges of raising five children to her obsession with Barbra Streisand.” The special was filmed in April at Levity Live in West Nyack, New York.

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Rosie is currently co-host of The View and makes frequent guest appearances on The Fosters. She began her entertainment career as a stand-up in 1979, getting her first national TV break on Star Search in 1984. She won an Emmy for her 1995 self-titled stand-up special, but has shifted her focused to television and film since. In 2013, she did a handful of dates in New Zealand and Australia, but has not done an American tour in several years. She should have plenty of material to work with and update us on!

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