Tig Notaro, when I saw her last year at BAM during the New York Comedy Festival, was f*cking hilarious. Her jokes are really dry, and weird. She’s an amazing comedian. She also created a character on Comedy Bang Band called The Good One Robot, of which (whom?) I am a huge fan.
She also just became my personal hero for this set that she released as a comedy album called Live (as is, we all *live* here on Earth). The topic of the 31 minute set is her recent diagnosis with bilateral breast cancer, and a bunch of other really intense stuff that happened in her life.
Live is why people get up in front of other people and tell stories. It is theater at its most basic and fundamentally important level. Live is why we share experiences with each other that are funny and sad, sometimes overwhelmingly so. Live is amazing.
I might have to listen to this set every morning on my way to work, because even though I don’t have cancer, a lot of crazy shit has happened to me in the last eight months, not just with my job problems, but in my real life, and it feels amazing to hear someone who is fighting so hard talk about that experience.
Best $5 I have spent all month, if not all year.
I heard a couple of days ago on Doug Loves Movies that Tig is, right now, cancer free. So this story has a relatively happy ending. Tig deserves it.
PS. As if this couldn’t get any better, the set is released through Louie CK’s website (or he released it for her) in the same way he released his Beacon shows, and the interface is amazing, easy to use and a total dream. Online, independent distribution rocks my face off.