Episode 381

Nerdist Podcast

Tig Notaro

Nerdist Podcast: Tig Notaro

Tig Notaro comes on the show for a serious yet hilarious episode. She talks about her past year battling cancer and how it has changed her life, her new documentary in which she will be performing stand up in people’s living rooms, and her ranch, “One Chicken Ranch”!

Get her stand-up special, Tig Notaro Live, at

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  • This is the first time I’ve ever been to the Nerdist site here, huh. Normally, I’m content to just grab the podcasts and listen, but I really had to show up here to say what a wonderful and touching interview this was in just about every way.

  • I really loved this episode. Thank you. Nate, I think calling the 2 Charlie episodes “Pacific Rim cross-promotion” is a bit of a low blow. Pacific Rim was in their wheel of interest and those 2 episodes were very good. Not sure if you meant it as a swipe or not, but it looked that way.

  • “Living in reality is, I think, what brings happiness”

    To hell with Nietzsche & the Dalai Lama, Tig uttered the single most enlightening sentence ever uttered by a human being.

    Personal experiences have taught me that Tig’s notion of surrendering to things that have come to pass, allows for taking control of the things ahead.

    You’re only a hero when you can guide others through the dark times, remembering back to when it was you who was left alone in your own head with no one to help you, and let them walk in your footsteps.

    I remember when it was mentioned on the podcast about her cancer, and how concerned everyone was. It’s good to hear how things worked out on the other side. Even with the stories of the wretched superfecta that proceeded her finding out.

    @sydney: I totally agree.

  • @erik2690 –

    Obviously Pacific Rim is in the site’s wheelhouse, but it’s also produced by their parent company, and they posted about it eight times this week and a bunch previously … I think they can take a little gentle ribbing about it.

  • Sure, Nate. Gentle ribbing. Only, the folks aren’t the only ones doing a lot of posting about Pacific Rim, are they? You’ve done it once here, once on the Charlie Day episode thread, and once on the Nerdist News thread a couple of days ago. We get it. Quit trolling for a response.

    Anyway, just wanted to say that this episode really fucked my shit up. Like in a good way. Everyone involved, please have a round of encouragements and thanks on me.


    also this episode was beautiful and engaging and super hilarious u frickin guys. enjoy your chickens.

  • i was only gonna listen to the intro and maybe a few minutes and continue later but wound up listening to the whole episode, it was so engaging.

  • I know I am late to the party here…but, I have to say this interview brought me to tears a few times. It’s amazing how cancer can change your view of so much. When I was diagnosed, I felt like I was going to die the very next day, maybe even the next hour. I cried the rest of that week and then said, “okay, what do I have to do.” You wind up needing/relying on people so much, despite your own personality.I tried to go through that first chemo by my self but after I started to get so sick, I knew I couldnt do it alone. My being stubbornly independent, I told my boyfriend at the time that this was gonna be a big tough road, that I HAD to go through, but he did not. I told him, if you want to leave now, I will not hold it against you. This is your free “out” if you think its gonna be too much. He told me he was insulted that I would even think that he was that kind of person. I personally know people who got a divorce because the spouse had cancer. You’d think it meant something when you speak those vows, “in sickness and in health.” We do not leave this life without some sort of scars. We all change and evolve (hopefully). Cancer accelerates things and you are forever changed. My boyfriend at the time, proposed to me a few months after my last chemotherapy. He saw me through it all, as gross and bloody as it can be but now, we have proven we can get through the rough stuff. The road is long, as the song goes, and you find just the amount of strength you need to get through it. You learn a lot about yourself and your friends.
    I am 6 years since diagnosis and am still dealing with leftovers and side effects, but…its worth it. My heart goes to Tig and I am so glad to hear that she is doing well and I congratulate her on reaching her 1st year (tomorrow)! Its a huge milestone! Big HUG!!!