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Need advice? Comedian Tig Notaro doesn’t have all the answers, but that won't stop her from fielding your questions on life's many challenges. With the help of her friends and the occasional expert, Tig gives her best inexpert guidance on everything from lost love to giving yourself a haircut with toddler scissors. We're warning you now: Don't Ask Tig.

Don't Ask Tig American Public Media

    • Comedy
    • 4.8 • 4.3K Ratings

Need advice? Comedian Tig Notaro doesn’t have all the answers, but that won't stop her from fielding your questions on life's many challenges. With the help of her friends and the occasional expert, Tig gives her best inexpert guidance on everything from lost love to giving yourself a haircut with toddler scissors. We're warning you now: Don't Ask Tig.

    Karen Kilgariff

    Karen Kilgariff

    Karen Kilgariff, comedian and co-host of the wildly popular podcast My Favorite Murder, talks to her pal Tig about what she thinks fuels true crime obsession, and they trade stories on lessons their mothers taught them that they fully believe continue to save their lives to this day. Tig and Karen also advise a listener at the end of their rope because their partner ignores any recommendations they share about books and entertainment, and together they brainstorm snappy comebacks for a pioneer reality tv star whose onscreen past keeps coming back to haunt them.

    This episode is sponsored by Betterhelp (go to Betterhelp.com/TIG for 10% off the first month of online therapy), Shopify (go to Shopify.com/TIG for a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify’s suite of features), Macys (go to Macys.com/purpose to celebrate Pride month), Truebill (go to Truebill.com/TIG and start canceling today), and eHarmony (go to eHarmony.com to start free today).

    Need advice? Submit your question for Tig at dontasktig.org/contact.

    • 43 min
    Lauren Lapkus

    Lauren Lapkus

    Tig’s guest is comedian and Emmy-nominated actor Lauren Lapkus, star of the Netflix movie The Wrong Missy, and known for her role as corrections officer Susan Fischer on Orange is the New Black. Lauren and Tig give suggestions to a listener wondering what to wear on a blind date, advise a woman whose long-time boyfriend never says “I love you” and help a mom upset because her six-year-old calls her by her first name instead of “mommy.”

    This episode is sponsored by Betterhelp (go to Betterhelp.com/TIG for 10% off the first month of online therapy), Indeed (go to Indeed.com/TIG for a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job posting, offer good for a limited time), Shopify (go to Shopify.com/TIG for a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify’s suite of features), Netsuite (go to Netsuite.com/TIG for a one-of-a-kind financing offer), Macys (go to Macys.com/purpose to celebrate Pride month), Truebill (go to Truebill.com/TIG and start canceling today), and Netflix’s The Hall: Honoring the Greats of Stand Up | Accompanying Podcast.

    Need advice? Submit your question for Tig at dontasktig.org/contact.

    • 41 min
    Rufus Wainwright

    Rufus Wainwright

    Afraid it’s too late to pursue a career in music? Have a rude relative who is also cold toward your four-year-old kid? Songwriter, composer and Grammy-nominated singer Rufus Wainwright helps Tig weigh in on these problems as well as the debate over whether it’s socially acceptable to pee in the shower. Plus, Rufus gets candid on what he thinks the biggest problem is with today’s pop stars, balancing indulgence with better judgment, and the best advice he’s ever heard in the lyrics of a song. 

    This episode is sponsored by Betterhelp (go to Betterhelp.com/TIG for 10% off the first month of online therapy), Shopify (go to Shopify.com/TIG for a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify’s suite of features),  Netsuite (go to Netsuite.com/TIG for a one-of-a-kind financing offer), Zocdoc (go to Zocdoc.com/TIG to download the Zocdoc app for FREE), Macys (go to Macys.com/purpose to celebrate Pride month), Truebill (go to Truebill.com/TIG and start canceling today), Wealthfront (go to Wealthfront.com/TIG to start building your wealth and get your first $5,000 managed for FREE, for life), and Netflix’s The Hall: Honoring the Greats of Stand Up | Accompanying Podcast. 

    Need advice? Submit your question for Tig at dontasktig.org/contact.

    • 32 min
    Michael McKean

    Michael McKean

    Actor Michael McKean, beloved for his roles as Chuck McGill in “Better Call Saul” and David St. Hubbins in the classic rock-umentary “This Is Spinal Tap”, tells Tig all about some surprising backstage memories he has of playing Lenny of the Lenny and Squiggy duo in the classic 1970’s sitcom “Laverne & Shirley”. Michael also helps Tig advise a mom who is judgmental about her toddler’s “dud” friends, and counsels a listener whose buddy can’t stop yawning when they talk on the phone.

    This episode is sponsored by Betterhelp (go to Betterhelp.com/TIG for 10% off the first month of online therapy), Indeed (go to Indeed.com/TIG for a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job posting, offer good for a limited time), Shopify (go to Shopify.com/TIG for a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify’s suite of features), Netsuite (go to Netsuite.com/TIG for a one-of-a-kind financing offer), Zocdoc (go to Zocdoc.com/TIG to download the Zocdoc app for free), and Netflix’s The Hall: Honoring the Greats of Stand Up | Accompanying Podcast.

    Need advice? Submit your question for Tig at dontasktig.org/contact.

    • 42 min
    Chloé Zhao

    Chloé Zhao

    Chloé Zhao, who won the 2021 Best Director Oscar for “Nomadland,” talks to Tig about what that means for her personally and professionally. She and Tig discover a surprising secret weapon they share to stay sane and successful. They also advise a listener on whether to try writing a novel or a screenplay, and give some perspective to a mother bothered by snide comments that her kid obviously behaves like an only child.

    This episode is sponsored by Betterhelp (go to Betterhelp.com/TIG for 10% off the first month of online therapy), Shopify (go to Shopify.com/TIG for a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify’s suite of features), Netsuite (go to Netsuite.com/TIG for a one-of-a-kind financing offer), and Netflix’s The Hall: Honoring the Greats of Stand Up | Accompanying Podcast. 

    Need advice? Submit your question for Tig at dontasktig.org/contact.

    • 46 min
    Alex Kurtzman

    Alex Kurtzman

    Suffering from hand sanitizer dry hands? Need inspiration to finally confess those romantic feelings you’ve kept hidden from a long-distance flame? Who better to ask than master of the Star Trek universe — filmmaker Alex Kurtzman. He joins Tig and together they have some expert tips on how to be an effective manager. Alex also talks about how he knew Tig would be a perfect Starship captain, divulges the secret to being a brilliant director and reveals who one of his personal heroes is.

    This episode is sponsored by Betterhelp (go to Betterhelp.com/TIG for 10% off the first month of online therapy), Indeed (go to Indeed.com/TIG for a $75 sponsored job credit), Shopify (go to Shopify.com/TIG for a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify’s suite of features), Netsuite (go to Netsuite.com/TIG for a one-of-a-kind financing offer), and Wealthfront (go to Wealthfront.com/TIG to get your first $5,000 managed for FREE, for life).

    Need advice? Submit your question for Tig at dontasktig.org/contact.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4.3K Ratings

4.3K Ratings

Okay dorky ,

So Dang FUNNY

I rarely laugh out loud at things- I just laugh inside my head. But This podcast breaks through and actually gets me giggling.

RetiredTeacher22 ,

Humor and Heart

From your stand ups, to One Mississippi, to Don’t Ask Tig, I am a super fan. While many podcasts are informative, they also can get me down, considering the state of our country. But listening to you is a huge uplift in my day. Thank you for being a role model to my two queer daughters. I can’t wait for a new season. (And I’ll still devastated that One Mississippi only had 2 seasons.)

Karen(anything but) ,

Please come back!

Breathlessly awaiting the return of your fabulous podcast!

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