Tig Notaro / Photo by Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times

Comedian Tig Notaro continues to be busy onstage and in film and television, and it doesn't look like this will slow down anytime soon.

An inside joke between Notaro and wife and writing partner Stephanie Allynne has become a reality. After the two wrote a screenplay, it was offered to friend Jennifer Aniston, who will star as the first female president of the United States.

The show is called "First Ladies" and will air on Netflix starting in May.

"It was just a joke between me and my wife that we thought would be a good movie, and it just came together really fast," she said.

Born Matilde O'Callaghan Notaro, she appeared opposite Octavia Spencer in the movie comedy "Instant Family," and she wrote, produced and starred in the critically acclaimed semi-autobiographical series "One Mississippi."

She is hoping her "Under a Rock With Tig Notaro" series on Funny or Die will be picked up for a third season, and she is a regular on the talk-show circuit with Grammy and Emmy nominations to her name, in addition to several other awards.

If you go

› What: Tig Notaro

› Where: Walker Theatre inside Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave.

› When: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31

› Admission: $35 and $49.50

› For more information: 423-757-5580

"Things are good," she said in a phone interview.

"I'm married with two kids. My career is thriving."

Notaro, who Rolling Stone has named one of the Top 50 comedians of all time, will appear at Walker Theatre on Friday. Fans can expect a show filled with her deadpan sense of humor.

Her shows have taken on a somewhat more personal tone since she was diagnosed with cancer, and Notaro said the experience has allowed her to be more open to tackling just about any topic.

"It has created a huge shift in what I typically do, opened me up as a performer and to have no regrets. More than anything, it has allowed me to talk about anything if it strikes me.

"It's not that I'm going to be that intense, but I do allow myself to do whatever I feel, if it feels right."

Contact Barry Courter at or 423-757-6354.


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