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Tig Notaro Is 2023 Comedy Headliner at Rochester Fringe Festival

Jul 07th, 2023


Tickets for September 16 show at Kodak Hall on sale tomorrow;

Full 2023 Fringe lineup will be announced July 13

Rochester, NY—Organizers of the 2023 Rochester Fringe Festival (Tuesday, September 12–Saturday, September 23) announce today that Tig Notaro will be this year’s comedy headliner on Saturday, September 16 at 8:00 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs Street. Tickets for Tig Notaro: Hello Again start at $21 and will go on sale today at 10 a.m. Friday, July 7, at and at the Eastman Theatre Box Office (phone: 585-274-3000, online:, in person: 433 East Main Street).


Tig Notaro is an Emmy and Grammy nominated stand-up comedian, writer, radio contributor, and actor as well as a favorite on numerous talk shows, including “Ellen,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” and “Conan.” Her Netflix comedy special “Happy To Be Here” ranks 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and her most recent streaming special, “Drawn”, is a fully animated stand-up comedy production. “Under a Rock with Tig Notaro”, her talk show in which she interviews famous people she’s never heard of, was nominated for Webby and PGA awards.  Notaro’s 2012 show “Live” and the subsequent documentary, Tig, about her recovery from breast cancer, elevated her to the top echelon of stand-up comedians—Rolling Stone named her one of the "50 best stand-up comics of all time." Notaro currently appears in Zack Snyder’s "Army of the Dead" and “Star Trek: Discovery”; she wrote and starred in the groundbreaking TV show “One Mississippi” and hosts an advice podcast, “Don't Ask Tig” as well as the documentary film podcast “Tig and Cheryl: True Story.”


“I am absolutely thrilled to announce Tig Notaro as our comedy headliner,” said Festival Producer Erica Fee. “Tig is an absolute comedy legend and I know that Rochester will show her an enthusiastic welcome.”


The Rochester Fringe Festival has a significant history of hosting top comedians at its annual festival. Previous headliners have included John Mulaney, Eddie Izzard, Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron, and Mike Birbiglia.


The full lineup of the 2023 Fringe will be announced at the annual BIG REVEAL press conference on Thursday, July 13, at 10:30 a.m. at CenterStage Hart Theatre at the Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Avenue. While tickets for Tig Notaro go on sale July 6, all tickets for the rest of the festival will go on sale July 13 at 12 noon.  



The 12-day Rochester Fringe Festival is the largest multidisciplinary performing arts event in New York State. Since the festival's inception in 2012, nearly 670,000 people have attended more than 4,500 performances by regional, national, and international artists, from emerging to superstar. From drama to dance, comedy to children’s entertainment, music to magic, and so much more, this internationally-known powerhouse encourages creative expression while nurturing the artistic process, all while supplying new audiences to established and emerging arts venues. The Rochester Fringe Festival strives to be diverse and inclusive, and to stimulate downtown Rochester both culturally and economically. 



In 1947, eight theatre groups showed up—uninvited—to perform at the newly established Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland. Although not listed in the official program, the groups performed anyway, at venues they found for themselves. The following year, a Scottish journalist coined the term “festival fringe” to describe these non-curated shows that began turning up annually. The Edinburgh Fringe is now the world’s largest arts festival and the third largest event after the Olympics and the World Cup.  Today, there are more than 250 Fringe Festivals worldwide, with nearly 50 in the United States. The Rochester Fringe Festival was the first in Upstate New York.



Support for this project/event is provided by a Market New York grant awarded to the Rochester Fringe Festival from I LOVE NY/ New York State’s Division of Tourism through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

Sponsors include: New York State Council on the Arts; University of Rochester; Monroe County; Ames Amzalak Memorial Trust; Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation; Rochester Area Community Foundation; Nocon & Associates; ESL Foundation; RIT; Waldron Rise; Elaine P. and Richard U. Wilson Foundation; Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation; Konar Enterprises; Mary Mulligan Trust; Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation; VisitRochester; Nazareth College; St. John Fisher University; Monroe Community College; The Pike Company; 13WHAM TV; CITY Magazine; D&C Digital; WXXI; Fred & Floy Willmott Foundation; Wegmans; Hyatt Regency Rochester; Canandaigua National Bank; Genesee Beer; The Rubens Family Foundation; City Blue; Aspire Transformation Services; Benderson Development; Hamilton A/V; Wilkins RV; McCarthy Tents & Events; Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care; The Harley School; Boylan Code; Bond Schoeneck & King; Yelp!; and the House of Guitars.


MEDIA PLEASE NOTE: High-resolution images of Tig Notaro and other media assets are available by contacting Adele Fico,, or Randi Minetor, .

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