Image: Tig Notaro performing in Hollywood in April. (Rich Polk/Getty Images for Waterkeeper Alliance)
In 2012, Tig Notaro
walked onto the stage at LA’s Largo Theater and said, “Good evening
hello, I have cancer, how are you? Hi, how are you? Is everybody having a good time?
I have cancer. How are you?”
Notaro was in the middle
of one of the worst years of her life, dealing with serious illness, a breakup
and the death of her mother.
“Of course I was
scared,” she tells NPR’s Kelly McEvers, “but it really did reach a
breaking point. … I don’t prepare too much
before my shows. Usually before, when I’m showering, is really when I’m thinking
things through, and that’s when I came up with that line … I thought it was
the funniest line.”
Notaro is now in
remission. She’s also recently married and the author of a new memoir, I’m Just A Person.