Tig Notaro, “Good One” (Secretly Canadian)
It’s been a strong year for stand-up comedy albums, with killer entries from Louis C.K., Natasha Leggero, Doug Stanhope and today’s release of new discs from Marc Maron and Michael Ian Black, both on Comedy Central Records.
Less high-profile but equally worthy is former Denverite Tig Notaro, whose patient, relentlessly honed material arrives via pleasantly deadpan delivery. Best known as Officer Tig on “The Sarah Silverman Program,” Notaro is an L.A. veteran who has, until recently, been criminally underappreciated by the comedy-loving public.
In a just world, “Good One,” the first stand-up release on indie music label Secretly Canadian, will change that.
Her short bits, such as riffing on “gross” popular phrases or commenting on Cher’s gender-shifting son Chaz Bono, are fantastically economical, showing off her keen timing and surgical phrasing.
And yet her longer, more narrative-oriented bits are somehow equally focused. Whether she’s recounting a bizarre series of occurrences involving Taylor Dayne, or deconstructing a “No Moleste” sign on a hotel-room door, the jokes are so casually delivered that you’re caught mostly unaware when the devastating punch lines drop anchor.
If you’ve seen Notaro live, you’ll miss her expressions and gesticulations, which help heighten the sense of quiet absurdity. But as the first official album from one of stand-up’s best-kept secrets, “Good One” succeeds splendidly. John Wenzel