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Comic opens set for ages: ‘Hello. I have cancer.’

October 13, 2012 • Entertainment


This 2012 photo released by The Daily shows comedian Tig Notaro. After starting her comedy routine with “Good evening! Hello. I have cancer. How are you?”, Notaro launched into a 30-minute performance that immediately became legendary in comedy circles and that’s now available as an unlikely live album via a $5 digital release by comedian Louis C.K. In just a week, it’s sold more than 60,000 copies. (AP Photo/Kate Lacey for The Daily)

NEW YORK (AP) — A frightfully nervous Tig Notaro stood just offstage at the Los Angeles club Largo while Ed Helms introduced her.

The audience of 300 and Notaro’s fellow performers that August night had no idea what she was about to do. They had no idea she was going to address the trauma and pain that had been the last few months of her life, or relay the bad news she had received just days earlier. They had no idea she was about to perform the bravest set they had ever seen.

“Good evening! Hello. I have cancer. How are you?”

With those words — said cavalierly in the normal stand-up greeting manner — Notaro launched into a 30-minute performance that immediately became legendary in comedy circles and that’s now available as an unlikely live album via a $5 digital release by comedian Louis C.K. In just a week, it’s sold more than 60,000 copies.

The 41-year-old Notaro, a stand-up veteran of 15 years, was in the midst of a string of misfortunes: She had been hospitalized and debilitated by clostridium difficile, her mother had died in a tragic accident, she went through a break-up, and, days earlier, she had learned she had breast cancer.

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