One of comedy nerds’ most beloved comedians, Tig Notaro has cancer. She made the announcement last night during a show at Largo in Los Angeles, where Louis C.K., Bill Burr and others performed as well. After taking the mic from the show’s host, Ed Helms, she addressed the crowd, “Thank you, thank you, I have cancer, thank you, I have cancer, really, thank you.” She wasn’t joking.
“Applause gave way to reticent laughter as she explained how she had planned a set about bees flying alongside her car on the 405, but that she couldn’t possibly do her “silly jokes” when all this was going on. And that’s when she told us that 3 days ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, in both breasts,” writes Kira Hesser, who recounts (beautifully) Notaro’s entire set.
Notaro also used the time to allow the audience into a recent string of incredibly unfortunate events in her life. Her mother tragically died; she just split with her girlfriend and recently suffered a “debilitating bacterial infection in her digestive tract for which she was hospitalized and lost 30 pounds off of her already small frame.”
Weeks ago, Notaro announced on Facebook — without naming the show — that she had landed a writing gig for a show in New York City, where she was set to move. Last night, she revealed it was for Amy Schumer’s upcoming sketch-like show for Comedy Central.
It’s difficult to know how to react to news like this, so I’ll just say I’m sure Laughpin’s readers and the comedy world is thinking about you, Tig, and I’m confident you’ll destroy the thing that’s trying to destroy you. More details of Notaro’s announcement can be found at Hesser’s Tumblr.