FROM Tig Notaro
Tig Notaro “Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you?” That’s how comedian Tig Notaro started her set at Largo on August 3, 2012. She’d had a rough year: pneumonia, the death of her mother, a breakup and, finally, a breast-cancer diagnosis. But those terrible experiences led to a professional whirlwind that included a best-selling, Grammy-nominated album. We caught up with Notaro as she set out on her latest comedy tour.
Comedian Tig Notaro “Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you?” That’s how comedian Tig Notaro started her set at Largo on August 3rd, 2012. She’d had a rough year: pneumonia, the death of her mother, a breakup and, finally, a breast-cancer diagnosis. But those terrible experiences led to a professional whirlwind that included a best-selling, Grammy-nominated album. We catch up with Notaro as she sets out on her latest comedy tour.
Tig Notaro: Crises and Comedy When Tig Notaro took the stage at Largo in August she had no idea what was to follow. She'd just been diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer which was the latest in a series of devastating crises that included the sudden death of her mother, the end of a relationship, and a life-threatening bacterial infection. That night at the Los Angeles club she went through it all. By all accounts it was a remarkable set of comedy. Louis CK, who was also performing that night, tweeted, "In 27 years doing this, I've seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro last night at Largo." Subsequently CK convinced her to release the set as a comedy album on his website . A portion of it is airing on This American Life . Now she's recovering from a double mastectomy. Her prognosis is good -- and her career is booming.
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