Two months ago, comedian Tig Notaro got onstage at Largo in Los Angeles and did an iconic set on her 3 day old breast cancer diagnosis. Louis C.K. has taken that recording and made it available for download for $5.
“Tig gets $4 from every sale, of which a portion will be donated to charities associated with fighting breast cancer, and I keep the rest and pay all the costs of delivery etc.”
Notaro, an openly gay stand-up comedian who’s been on The Sarah Silverman Show, Community, and The Office, describes the time leading up to the set:
I got pneumonia, and then I contracted this life-threatening, deadly illness called C. diff., and it’s this bacteria that just eats your intestines. I was in the hospital for a week, lost 20 lbs…and then it was my birthday a couple days after the hospital…. A few days after that, my mother passed away unexpectedly…a freak accident…. I got off of a relationship shortly after that, and then I was diagnosed with cancer…. This was all in four months.”
Notaro opens her 30 minute show explaining 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. The hype began when Louis C.K., who was also on the bill, tweeted: