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‘Tig Notaro Live’

In case you missed it, the excellent Tig Notaro has a stand-up special available through Louis CK’s site. He has this to say about it:

Tig is a friend of mine and she is very funny. I love her voice on stage. One night I was performing at a club in LA called Largo. Tig was there. She was about to go on stage. I hadn’t seen Tig in about a year and I said how are you? She replied “well I found out today that I have cancer in both breasts and that it has likely spread to my lymph nodes. My doctor says it looks real bad.” She wasn’t kidding. I said “uh. Jesus. Tig. Well. Do you … Have your family … Helping?” She said “well my mom was with me but a few weeks ago she fell down, hit her head and she died.” She still wasn’t kidding.

Now, I’m pretty stupid to begin with, and I sure didn’t know what to say now. I opened my mouth and this came out. “Jeez, Tig. I. Really value you. Highly.” She said “I value you highly too, Louie.” Then she held up a wad of note-paper in her hand and said “I’m gonna talk about all of it on stage now. It’s probably going to be a mess.” I said “wow.” And with that, she went on stage.

There’s more, and it’s all great. The show is, too, and it’s only $5 — $4 goes to Tig, who’s also donating to cancer research. (Louis keeps $1.)