Tig Notaro: Happy to Be Here (2018)

After a strong start, this special by the famously deadpan comedian starts to sputter rather quickly, never really recovering as it goes along. Notaro’s quiet, downright peaceful delivery is soothing and amusing, but in this particular routine there aren’t many laugh-out-loud moments, so while it’s perfectly pleasant it’s also a little bit underwhelming. An extended set-up involving the Indigo Girls at the end of the performance is a perfect example of the special’s strengths and weaknesses: It starts off funny, gets repetitive, then finally negligible in its over-intellectualized deconstruction of live comedy standards – the sort of clever-clever incision of comedic performance that seems really interesting to other comedians but comes across as frustratingly navel-gazing for non-professionals.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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