You know when life throws you a curve ball, and you're dealing with major challenges that test your mettle? Last night, comedian Tig Notaro, one of the most intelligent, terrific comedians today, announced that she has breast cancer during her monthly show at Largo in West Hollywood. She doesn't have cancer in one breast. She has them in both.
Within the past few months, tragedy has knocked on her door a little too often. She broke up with her girlfriend. Her mother died when she fell and struck her head. She developed a virus that put her in the hospital, making her drop 30 pounds of unnecessary weight off her already small frame. Now this.
But Tig is an awesome creature. She will get through this. And the entire comedy community (comedians and fans alike) is pulsating with pure, unadulterated love and good wishes.
Here's an account of her announcement via Tumblr from a witness in attendance.
Here's Tig, being hilarious and absurd on Conan. It's a beautiful performance, and what makes it extra special is that Tig is surrounded by friends Andy Richter, Conan and comedian Paul F. Tompkins, who was a guest that night himself.