Day: January 25, 2015

In her own words: Tig Notaro on the decision to reveal her scars most truthfully and literally onstage

Tig Notaro has the first and more dramatic documentaries about her recent life debuting this month at the Sundance Film Festival. Tig will screen five times this week at Sundance. It covers a trying period in Notaro’s life in 2012, when, as the film’s description notes: “Having just recovered from a life-threatening infection and still in mourning over her mother’s sudden passing, Notaro’s subsequent discovery of bilateral breast cancer left her no choice but to turn profound pain into an ongoing punch line, both on and off the stage.” Fast-forward two years and Notaro not only has recovered from...

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SNL #40.12 RECAP: Host and musical guest Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton is a tall, charming country singer who knows how to crack a joke and make fun of himself, whether it’s hosting an awards show or serving as a judge on NBC’s hit singing contest, The Voice. So it’s no wonder that Saturday Night Live eventually would go along with TV network synergy and ask Shelton to host and play musical guest. That it happened in 2015 isn’t so unusual. That so much of the show seemed to exist in a time warp? That was quite odd. If that’s a byproduct of playing to the host’s sensibilities, if...

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