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Episode 32: The JV Club
Tig Notaro
The JV Club

The JV Club #32: Tig Notaro

This episode of the JV Club was recorded in 2011 and features the stunningly awesome Tig Notaro… as she and Janet deconstruct the intense appeal of Chrissie Hynde, taking the road (or roads) less traveled to find your individual success, and the peculiar & delightful fate of her GED.

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  1. Chrissy says:

    I’m way behind on podcasts and am listening to this one as I type. I’ve been a fan of Tig for a while, but holy moly do I relate to her! I didn’t smoke or play guitar, but I was a huge John Lennon fan, was left back a bunch in high school for not doing work (homework or in class,) dropped out, got my GED, and I still can’t stand classrooms. I was a theater geek more than music, though.

    I do love to self-educate myself, and I know so much more now than I ever did when I was supposed to be learning. I tried going to college for one semester a few years ago, figuring hey, I’m an adult, maybe I’ll find this more fun… but I immediately fell back into my old habits. I seriously hate school.

    I know it’s weird, but I am so so happy to hear that there are other people that feel the same way. Thank you so much to both of you for putting this out there!

  2. Mia says:

    I loved this episode Janet! Tig is fantastic and I can’t wait for the 2nd interview.

  3. Amanda says:

    I want more photos of teen Tig!

  4. Alec says:

    I love that the track doubling ended just as Janet apologized for over-talking.

    I have a cousin who was home-schooled because his mom was worried about something like Tig’s self-graded F happening (even if home-schooling brought up issues of its own). It’s great to hear that Tig didn’t let a failure of the system hold her down.

  5. Tig is always worth having to deal with a little sonic difficulty. And do go to Louis C.K.’s site and buy her Largo post-cancer-diagnosis set, which is jaw-droppingly awesome. A bargain at five bucks.

  6. Ron Miller says:

    Tig is great. Can’t wait for the next Tig episode. Great job on HPlive Janet. I’ve been watching constantly.

  7. Mark says:

    Can’t wait for the follow-up!

  8. sandi says:

    @VCEden i had the same problem, a little before the 2 minute mark until a little before the 3 minute mark. But after that, it goes away.

  9. Todd Mason says:

    Yup…the “direct download” is also affected, but it does Go Away as the shout-outs wrap up.

    Love the dueling I Started This At This School gambits in the interview…now that things are looking up for Tig Notaro (and we all hope they continue to improve and that time actually heals and her new audiences stick with her), we can get down to the Important Matters, such as how does a good Pretenders and Beatles fan fall into even ironic regular Alabama (the country music analog of Journey )-fests?

    Thanks for the episode…”How can we screw up as much as possible and still succeed” is slightly incomplete…for at least some of those teachers (among others) were failing Notaro, as the rigid systems consistently do fail at least some kids all the time…and the answer to that isn’t More Rigidity (and fewer resources). But that sure is the easy answer. (And, of course, some of your other guests have had to deal with even more remarkable failures of those around them.)

  10. We’re aware of the problem and it appears to be something involving the streaming here rather than the download; our webmaster is on the case. Thanks for your patience.

  11. Janet says:

    Oh! Thanks for telling me! I’ll email Katie immediately!

  12. Todd Mason says:

    No, VCEden, it’s definitely slightly scrambled on the link at the moment, at least using the “button” for streaming directly from the page.. .I haven’t tried the download yet. Lizzy Caplan is an excellent substitute, and look forward to hearing that one…only wish I was close enough to make some hard choices among the LA festival presentations…

  13. VCEden says:

    The beginning of the episode is all mixed up and layered under last week’s episode. Is it just me? (Starts about 2min in during the intro.)

  14. Marq says:

    Can’t wait to listen to this! I’ve been following Tig since I saw Louis CK tweet about her Largo show. Technical issues prevent me from downloading it immediately. Also just wanted to say, Janet, that I love your podcast. I go to seminary (Protestant, not Mormon 🙂 )and spend about five hours a week driving – your podcast helps pass the time really well. Keep up the amazing work, and can’t wait for the next season of LoK!

  15. Melissa says:

    Gene, I completely agree. I wish I could wake up to Janet saying “Hey guys….” although I know that would never ever actually wake me up since nothing wakes me up. Seems nice in theory.

  16. Jeff MacDonald says:

    Time to put on your baby wranglers and turn up the swamp rock. Get ready guys (and girls), cause this is gonna be a good one.

  17. Gene says:

    I just love the way Janet says “Hey guys…” at the beginning of each episode. So sweet and genuine.