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Tig Notaro Proves Everything Must be Funny

By Katie Grimmer

Comedienne Tig Notaro walked on the Largo stage in Los Angeles. She had done it a hundred times before. But this time, she went out to say, “Hi. I have cancer. Just found out today. I’m going to die soon.”

Tig Notaro live at Largo stand up comedy

Word spread quickly about this notorious bit all thanks to Louis C.K. The famous comedian announced on his Web site that he would be selling the recording of Notaro’s show for a minimal $5. Notaro will receive four of those dollars and will be donating some of the proceeds to cancer research.

In this half-hour speech, Notaro somehow manages to make the whole audience laugh about her problems while simultaneously sympathizing for what she’s been through this past year. She is able to make jokes out of her hospitalization of a serious bacterial infection, her mother’s sudden death, the break-up with her girlfriend and then back to her recent breast cancer diagnosis again.

Tig Notaro Live Largo stand up comedy

Mr. C.K. said it best: “The show was an amazing example of what comedy can be. A way to visit your worst fears and laugh at them. Tig took us to a scary place and made us laugh there. Not by distracting us from the terror but by looking right at it and just turning to us and saying “wow. Right?” She proved that everything is funny. And has to be. And she could only do this by giving us her own death as an example.”

Notaro is best known for her role as “Officer Tig” on the Sarah Silverman show and has appeared in many other comedies and stand up specials. You can purchase the “Tig Notaro — Live” album here.