Looking to laugh this weekend? The Ithaca Health Alliance (IHA) has you covered. Nationally recognized comedian Tig Notaro will be performing at the State Theatre on Saturday in a benefit show in honor of the 10th anniversary of the IHA’s Free Clinic. Notaro and promoter Dan Smalls Presents are donating to the Free Clinic for every ticket sold.
“We’re grateful to Dan Smalls for organizing this benefit show,” said Executive Director Norbert McCloskey. “IHA has been an important part of the community for nearly 20 years. IHA has helped thousands of community residents who are unable to afford health insurance receive medical and holistic care. This support from Dan Smalls Presents and Tig Notaro will help the staff and volunteers of IHA continue to provide needed services to the uninsured and underinsured of our community.”
Tig Notaro is perhaps most famous for her groundbreaking “LIVE” set at the Largo in Los Angeles, performed days after she was diagnosed with invasive biliateral breast cancer. In this half-hour set, she addresses her diagnosis, her mother’s recent death, her battle with C. Diff., and a breakup, all to a rapt audience who laughs along with her as she recounts all that’s happened. Recorded and released as her sophomore album, the set sold more than 100,000 units in six weeks and was nominated for a Grammy.
Notaro has since announced that her cancer is in remission. She frequently appears on Conan and This American Life, and is known for her ability to captivate an audience with her simple yet absurd storytelling about everyday life.
She is currently writing, producing and starring in the autobiographical comedy series “One Mississippi” for Amazon Studios, where she can also be seen in her recurring role as Barb on the Jill Soloway series “Transparent.” Her memoir I’m Just A Person will be released this June through Harper Collins Publishing, with a national book tour to follow. Notaro’s HBO stand-up special “Boyish Girl Interrupted” and the Netflix Original Documentary “TIG” premiered to critical acclaim and are available for streaming.
Opening the show is Brooklyn-based comedian Samantha Ruddy, who has appeared at open mic comedy nights in Ithaca. In 2013, she was a head writer for Syracuse University sketch comedy group Humor Whore, and she’s a contributing writer for Collegehumor, Someecards, and Reductress.
Tickets are available at the State Theatre box office on West State Street or at stateofithaca.com. The all-ages show is at 8pm on Saturday, April 30, with doors opening at 7pm.