Tig Notaro’s comedy album gets backing from Louis C.K.

When L.A. comedian Tig Notaro announced on the stage at Largo that she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer, she set the comedy world abuzz, notably Louis C.K., who was in the audience that August night and called the set one of the most powerful he’s seen in his career.

Now Notaro has announced that the complete 30-minute performance will make up her second album, “Live,” and that C.K. will release it on his website Friday, Oct. 5 as a $5 download.

During the Aug. 3 performance at Largo, Notaro told her audience that she’d been diagnosed with stage 2 bilateral breast cancer.


“Tragedy plus time equals comedy,” Notaro says in “Live” (decidedly a verb). “But I don’t have the benefit of time. So I’m just going to tell you the tragedy and know that everything is going to be OK.”

In support of her new album, Notaro will appear on the public radio showThis American Life” on Friday to talk about the album, during which a 10-minute excerpt of “Live” will air.

The 41-year-old comedian has guest starred on NBC’s “Community” and “The Office,” and she’s appeared on “The Sarah Silverman Show.” Her debut album, “Good One,” was released in 2011 through the indie rock label Secretly Canadian.

C.K. self-released his own special, “Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater,” on his website last December. It earned the comedian $1 million in 10 days, and on Sept. 22, it won C.K. an Emmy for outstanding writing for a variety special.

Comedians Aziz Ansari, Jim Gaffigan and Rob Delaney have also followed suit with specials they self-distributed to their fans online.


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