October 5th, 2012
My friend Tig Notaro is one of my favorite comedians of all time. She is also one of my favorite people on earth and has had the worst 6 months of anyone I’ve ever known. About a month ago, after being diagnosed with breast cancer, she got on stage at Largo and talked about her recent diagnosis and all the other insanely terrible things that have recently happened to her. She recorded the set to send to Ira Glass from This American Life so he could help begin to structure these stories into material they could eventually use on his show.
Normally, comedians work on their material for years until its polished and perfect and then release it for the world to hear on an album and/or TV special. Tig had never said any of this material to an audience before. This performance was like an open mic for her to figure out what may work down the road. She had to intention of ever releasing it.
But Louis CK was also on the show that night and, after hearing her set, wrote on Twitter “In 27 years doing this, I’ve seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro last night.” He encouraged her to put this one time performance on his website for people to buy/download. Normally, Tig is a perfectionist who works on her material for a long time, crafting her material into beautiful, minimalist joke landscapes. But she agreed to release this set which had never been uttered aloud before. It is hilarious and sad and hopeful and unique to this one night at the Largo in LA. Buy this album. It’s so funny and honest and will give you insight into the process and life of one of the great comedic minds of our time.
FYI, Tig will be talking to Ira Glass on This American Life this weekend to fill out what you’re hearing on this album. I HIGHLY recommend you listen to it.