Spin Rating7 of 10
Stand-up comedian and Sarah Silverman Program regular Tig Notaro has a habit of using facial expressions and hand gestures as punch lines, which doesn’t exactly translate on her debut album. Nor does her banter: A bit on an audience member’s nine-year self-defense class drones on too long. But her deadpan delivery — a more extreme version of awkward queen Maria Bamford — and her truly singular material (how she saved the career of forgotten pop diva Taylor Dayne, an impression of someone doing an impression) don’t need silly faces to be hilarious.
By Michael Tedder