Tig Notaro

Tig Notaro by Kate Lacey

When you imagine a post-apocalyptic zombie fighter, Tig Notaro might not come to mind — but that was before the trailer for Zach Snyder’s “Army of the Dead” dropped earlier this year. As ammo-packing badass Marianne Peters, Notaro’s “first look” set the internet ablaze. The new role is a departure for the Grammy and Emmy-nominated Notaro, who is known for her sardonic, observational wit and willingness to share her personal struggles with breast cancer in her standup. But it’s also a sign of her versatility as a performer. Her career has included everything from stand-up specials like “Boyish Girl Interrupted” to scripted shows like “Star Trek: Discovery,” where she plays chief engineer of the USS Hiawatha Jett Reno. She’s also the host of two podcasts: “Don’t Ask Tig,” where she talks candidly with guests, and “Tig and Cheryl: True Story,” where she and co-host Cheryl Hines discuss a documentary each week. Her next venture, the comedy special “Drawn,” is set to premiere on HBO on July 24. Her message for the LGBTQ+ community — who has always known she was a badass — is a call to arms against anything from zombie hordes to haters: “Living free allows others to as well.” —RK

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