Tig Notaro's "Cancer Set" at Largo now a downloadable album, via Louis C.K.

Comedian and writer Tig Notaro was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. On the Oct. 2 "Professor Blastoff" podcast, she announced that she has undergone a double mastectomy, and there is currently no known cancer in her body. She also spoke about her experience on "Fresh Air" this week.

I note that a number of news outlets are reporting about her post-treatment (?) phase as "cured," or "cancer-free," and wince at that language because the disease is never that simple, and those terms imply something that we hope for but cannot guarantee. But it sounds like her course of treatment was successful and that she is in an excellent place.

Via fellow funnyman Louis C.K., who has had great success with direct-to-fan commerce, Tig's now-legendary set at Largo about her cancer diagnosis is now available for download.

I am not glad Notaro has cancer. But I am glad people with cancer now have someone like Tig to point to all that is laughable, and all that is darkly humorous, about the experience of being a person with cancer.


  1. Interesting little thing:

    The title to the album is pronounced with a short i, not a long one; it’s a verb, not an adjective. I heard her say somewhere she did that because the idea of thousands of people instinctively thinking it was the other way was hilarious.
    (Also the set is amazing and worth every penny of the 5 bucks she’s selling it for.)

  2. I have purchased this and listened to it three times so far. It is wonderful and worth the $5 easy. I highly, highly recommend this. Cannot say enough. I was honestly crying and laughing out loud at the same time. Genius in the raw honesty. Thanks for posting!

  3.  Tig is amazing and fun to listen to. I bought this and listened a couple times. I’ve greatly enjoyed her appearances on a few podcasts I like as well as her appearances on Conan.

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