Kira Hesser and Laughspin have reported the gut-wrenching news that beloved comedian Tig Notaro revealed onstage at Largo last night that she has cancer in both breasts. This diagnosis comes after the recent tragic death of her mother and what Hesser describes as Tig’s treatment for a “debilitating bacterial infection in her digestive tract for which she was hospitalized and lost 30 pounds off of her already small frame.”
Today, Louis C.K., who was on the Largo bill alongside Ed Helms, Bill Burr, and Mary Lynn Rajskub, tweeted, “In 27 years doing this, I’ve seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro last night at Largo.”
Between the wonderful June profile of Tig in The New York Times and word that she had been hired as a writer for Amy Schumer’s new show for Comedy Central and for which she was planning to move to NYC, the horrible news of her diagnosis has her vast legion of fans dumbstruck but confidant that Tig Notaro will endure this shitty chapter of her remarkable life. She has already displayed stunning grace and humor in the face of this tribulation.
The entire staff of the Paramount Theatre and the Austin Theatre Alliance (parents of The Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival) has Tig in our thoughts. Comedy Moontower still gets enduring smiles from when Tig last performed at the Paramount on November 1st, 2011, as part of Sarah Silverman’s “LIVE From N*****HEAD: Stripping the Paint Off of Good Ol Fashioned Racism” benefit and her set was so hilarious that the elderly volunteer usher ladies were cackling so uncharacteristically loudly and intensely that there was pause for their well-being and also whether they might have had a puff of the gigglier glaucoma medicine. But no, these sassy Southern broads and the entire Paramount audience were just having the greatest, cathartic involuntary convulsions from the masterful wit and charms of Ms. Tig Notaro.