Tig Notaro has been doing stand-up comedy for nearly fifteen years, but it wasn’t until her monumental set at the Largo in 2012, when she opened up about her then-recent breast cancer diagnosis, that she received national acclaim.
Her diagnosis came at perhaps the lowest point of her life; her mother had just died unexpectedly, her partner ended their relationship, and her dream to become a mother seemed like a lost cause. When her own poor health seemed to be on an upswing, that’s when she found the lump.
But she wasn’t going to let it stop her from finding the humor in life.
Despite the lack of any video recording from her set at the Largo, Tig’s story went viral, and she became one of the most famous stand-up comics on earth.
Louis C.K., a legendary comedian and producer of Tig’s new semi-autobiographical Amazon comedy One Mississippi, tweeted of the set: “In 27 years of doing this, I’ve seen a handful of truly great, masterful stand-up sets. One was Tig Notaro last night at Largo.”
With the help of a few other close funny friends, Tig became an overnight sensation without even realizing it.
Tig Notaro just blew my mind at Largo. One of the most amazing stand-up sets I’ve ever seen.
— Ed Helms (@edhelms) August 4, 2012
In November of 2014, while working on material for her new HBO special Boyish Girl Interrupted, Tig removed her shirt mid-set and completed her act, double mastectomy scars out for all to see, as if nothing was weird about it at all.
The funniest part: No comedian is brave enough to take off their shirt. Except for Tig.
Here’s her take on her (second) legendary set:
“You’re alive, so you might as well take chances.” -Tig
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