Due to some unfortunate circumstances surrounding her personal life, comedian Tig Notaro’s profile has been on the rise the last few weeks. It’s a blessing and a curse, of course. Well before she contracted pneumonia and an intestine-eating bacteria and before her mother died tragically and before she was diagnosed with Stage-2 breast cancer and then endured a double mastectomy, Notaro was one of the comedy world’s finest voices. And she still is. But it seems the world — instead of just hardcore comedy nerds — have started to take notice. Part of the proof is that after a bit of a bidding war, Notaro just landed herself a book deal.
After some understandable delays, she’s finally moved from Los Angeles to New York City and is writing for comedian Amy Schumer’s upcoming Comedy Central sketch show. Notaro has also recently appeared on NPR’s This American Life, Fresh Air, Conan and KCRW, the Los Angeles area’s excellent public radio station. In the KCRW interview below, which originally aired yesterday, Notaro talks about all of the above as well as hew new album, Live, which Louis C.K. has released exclusively through his website. He was so inspired by a performance of hers at Largo in Los Angeles, wherein she announced to the crowd she had cancer. Her 30 minute set revolved almost exclusively around her diagnosis, save for a silly bee joke at the end of her set. Check out her interview below.
In addition, below is also Notaro’s appearance this week on Fresh Air with Terry Gross.