Tig Notaro On Going ‘Live’ About Her Life : NPR

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    In 2012, the stand up comic Tig Notaro had a famously bad year. She caught pneumonia, which snowballed into C. Diff. She and her girlfriend broke up. Her mother passed away unexpectedly. And then, she learned she had breast cancer.

    You’re probably familiar with what came next. Notaro headed out to a stand up gig in Los Angeles, at the Largo. But she didn’t feel right performing her usual set. She decided to open up like she had never before. Hours after she received the diagnosis, she went on stage and said to the audience, “Hello, I have cancer”.

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    Notaro is in remission now, and she’s continued to perform stand up. A recent documentary on her called Tig, tells the story of the Largo performance and her life since. It’s available for streaming on Netflix. Her recent national tour, Boyish Girl Interrupted is now a comedy special airing on HBO.

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    Tig Notaro has become a favorite and regular on NPR’s This American Life and on Conan. Her critically acclaimed sophomore album, Live, is out now. Tig has guest starred on such shows such as NBC’s The Office and Community, and HBO’s The Life and Times of Tim. Her popular podcast, Professor Blastoff, recently peaked at number one on the iTunes Comedy Podcast list.

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    "I Have Nothing to Lose Now": Tig Notaro on Life and Stand Up Comedy After Cancer

    In 2012, the stand up comic Tig Notaro had a famously bad year. She caught pneumonia, which snowballed into C. Diff. She and her girlfriend broke up. Her mother passed away unexpectedly. And then, she learned she had breast cancer.

    You’re probably familiar with what came next. Notaro headed out to a stand up gig in Los Angeles, at the Largo. But she didn’t feel right performing her usual set. She decided to open up like she had never before. Hours after she received the diagnosis, she went on stage and said to the audience, "Hello, I have cancer."

    She took the audience through the pain she had experienced over the last few months. It was still in her deadpan style, with jokes and stories that were brave and sometimes uncomfortably funny.

    Notaro is in remission now, and she’s continued to perform stand up, write and record her podcast Professor Blastoff. She’s headed off on a new national stand up tour, called Boyish Girl Interrupted.

    She talks with Jesse about how she decided to approach that set at the Largo, why cancer and tragedy made her more open to the world, and telling her "bee joke" after an emotionally intense set.

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    In this second-ever live episode of The JV Club, first-ever returning guest Tig Notaro sits onstage with Janet at SF Sketchfest in San Francisco to discuss the events of her life since the last time they recorded together. What follows is a frank, intimate and emotional discussion… with a very liberal dose of laughter. (Special thanks to SFSF photographer Jakub Mosur!)

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