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Cancer fuels comedy in Tig Notaro's impromptu album

by James Thorne
on 05 October 2012

Tig Notaro was on top of the world. Ringed with critical appeal and on the crest of a booming career, life was looking up for the comedian. The tumbling of events that followed included a severe sickness, the death of a mother, a breakup and, finally, a cancer diagnosis. Days after receiving the news of her diagnosis, Notaro went on stage with a opener for the ages, saying to the unknowing crowd, "I have cancer."

Throwing out her normal routine, Notaro delivered a incredible stand-up that wowed the likes of comedians Louis CK and Ed Helms. "In my 27 years doing this I have seen a handful of truly masterful performances," tweeted Louis CK. "One was Tig Notaro last night at Largo."

Notaro recently announced that she is now cancer-free. Her album, "Live," went on sale today on Louis C.K.'s website for $5, with a portion of the proceeds going to breast cancer charities. We gave it a listen, and the performance is at once tragic, hilarious and strikingly poignant.

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