Tig Notaro hospitalized days after topless performance at New York Comedy Festival

Comedian Tig Notaro had to cancel two shows this weekend after being hospitalized for an unknown “medical emergency.” Notaro’s Saturday show at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre was canceled according to her Facebook page and then yesterday’s show at Paramount Theatre in Denver was also pulled. According to an AEG Live press release, “She will be all right but has to cancel the [Denver] show.”

Tig Notaro has had a history with medical problems including a battle with breast cancer that ended in a double mastectomy. Since then, she has become a recognizable headlining Grammy Award-nominated comedian. The canceled shows were a part of her “Boyish Girl Interrupted Tour”. Her website did not edit the shows on her tour page and lists her next appearance at the Aladdin Theater in Portland, OR on Nov. 12.

The news is a shock to fans who excitedly read about her Nov. 6 set at The Town Hall as a part of the New York Comedy Festival. About halfway through the set, Tig Notaro told a story about an airport security agent who did not believe that she was a woman when she felt no bra and no breasts while patting Notaro down. While unbuttoning her jacket, a “Whooo!” emanated from the back of the venue. “You know it’s funny,” the comedian commented. “I was going to do this show with my shirt off, anyway. I’m about one more ‘Whooo’ away from going topless.” This caused a series of shouts and calls that Notaro completed the rest of the story, and her set, completely topless.

We’ve reached out Tig Notaro’s camp for comment. AEG Live assured that the Denver show will be rescheduled and refunds are available.

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