"Well, originally I wasn't planning on releasing it. I was just kind of doing the material to see what was usable for Ira for This American Life. Then, when Louis C.K. called and said he wanted to release it as an album from his site, I was like, 'There's no way I'm releasing that. That was not worked-out material.' Then I thought about how it could possibly help people to hear about the horrendousness I had been through and the help I had gotten. I figured, if I could help somebody—even if it meant swallowing my perfectionist ways—I should."
- Tig Notaro to GQ about her famous, best-selling [...]
Tig explained to Conan, "My prognosis is great," and we all became that weird kid at work just crying for no reason. The mastectomy went well and the cancer didn't spread. She goes on to reveal that as a result of a conversation Louis. C.K. had with Woody Allen (OMG!), Louis is going to release Tig's legendary Largo set on his website. This is all great. It's seriously the best news I've gotten to put on this site.
Last week, Tig Notaro revealed, on her podcast Professor Blastoff, that she might have breast cancer. And, sadly, this weekend she confirmed that she in fact does. This was revealed at her show in LA on Saturday, "Tig and Friends," which was supposed to be a goodbye celebration, as she was going to be moving to New York to work on Amy Schumer's new Comedy Central show. Tig started her set: “Thank you, thank you, I have cancer, thank you, I have cancer, really, thank you.” As described in a moving account of the night by comedian/writer Kira Hesser, the set that followed was honest, difficult, funny, [...]
The trailer for Seth Rogen's upcoming 50/50 dropped this week, and the film, based on Rogen pal Will Reiser's real-life struggle with cancer, seems to beg the question: how can comedies successfully "do" life-threatening illnesses without being, well, horrible? What is the best way to craft a comedy with heart that isn't so coated in saccharine it gets covered in (metaphorical) bees, but also isn't "Porky's with chemotherapy?"