Earlier this year, comedian Tig Notaro walked onto a stage in Los Angeles in front of 300 people and began her set with, “Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you?”
And she killed them.
Days before, she had been diagnosed with cancer. In both breasts. Rather than stick with her regular comedy act, she decided to high-dive without a net. The rest is history. Her set, which was recorded, is now being sold as a CD on the website of comedian Louis CK, who was also on the bill that night and who is basically underwriting the CD so that people will hear it. This past weekend she appeared on the radio show This American Life a second time, after having appeared on the show prior to her diagnosis. And this week she appeared on Fresh Air with Terry Gross in a radio interview that features excerpts from her spontaneous performance, which had audience members literally weeping and laughing at the same time. And I’m not telling you the half of it. Give a listen.