What’s so funny about grief and cancer?

tigTig Notaro is an observational comic who performs hundreds of stand-up shows each year.  A new addition to the Claman Medical Humanities Collection captures two powerful Grammy nominated personal narratives of grief & loss and a cancer diagnosis. The two CD  set, “Live”, captures the double meaning of its title.

On disc one, Notaro performs a short piece on how the death of her mother changed her relationship with her step father in an unexpected way.

2012 was a pretty rough year for the performer.  So when she was diagnosed with breast cancer just hours before a show at the Moth in Los Angeles on December 5th, 2012 she had a lot to say about it.

In this raw and honest performance, captured on disc two, Notaro departs from her stand up routine to share her sometimes funny, sometimes sad, reaction to the news. During her set she addresses the real fear, surprise, concern, and emotions of the diagnosis and ruminates aloud on the impact it will have on her future.  For anyone who has given a patient the news that they have cancer, or for anyone who has received that diagnosis, this performance will leave a powerful impression.

The CDs can be checked out from the Health Sciences Library:

Notaro, Tig.  Live [sound recording]  Bloomington, Ind. : Secretly Canadian, 2012.
HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor WP 870 N899L 2012 CD disc 1
HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor WP 870 N899L 2012 CD disc 2

[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]