Tig Notaro to headline inaugural High Mud Comedy Festival at Mass MoCA

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NORTH ADAMS >> "Provocative deadpan" comedian Tig Notaro will headline the inaugural High Mud Comedy Festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in March.

The museum on Tuesday announced the lineup for the two-day festival, which is scheduled for March 11-12.

Notaro has gained prominence in recent years and has released specials on Comedy Central, Showtime and HBO in addition to a slew of other television appearances, according Mass MoCA. Her 2015 album "Live" was nominated for a Grammy Award.

The festival will be hosted by National Public Radio's Ophira Eisenberg, host of its weekly game show "Ask Me Another."

The lineup also will feature David Hill, who has performed at Mass MoCA before, and Sean Patton. Local talent on the bill include Tom Lewis, Adams-based Mark Jagiello,and North Adams' own Seth Brown, whose humor column "The Pun Also Rises" is published bi-weekly in The Berkshire Eagle.

In addition to the two nights stand-up comedy in Mass MoCA's Hunter Center, there will be an afternoon of comedy films.

High Mud Comedy Fest was conceived by Jay Tarses, a television comedy writer and the former executive producer of The Bob Newhart Show, who also is a Mass MoCA trustee.

"Along about mid-March, we could use a few laughs around here. Who knows — if anyone shows up, this might become an annual event," said Mass MoCA Director Joseph Thompson in a statement. "I'm curious to see if they know what 'High Mud' means in New York and Boston."

Tickets will be on sale through the Mass MoCA box office; two-day festival passes are $32 for students, $42 in advance, $55 the day of, and $75 preferred.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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