A comedian or anyone who knows anything about comedy will usually tell you that tragedy plus time equals comedy. Which makes sense because we all like to look back and reflect on the things we have done or the things that have happened and notice the irony of life. Seeing how massive a problem was then and how minor it seems to be now usually puts life into perspective and it can make you laugh at yourself, which is something we all need to do from time to time. Well my next comic cut time straight out of the equation and still managed to make it work.
Tig Notaro probably has one of the most unique albums on Spotify. On her most recent album, Live, she comes out on to the stage and immediately goes into how she has cancer and was just diagnosed a week ago and the whole room gets awkward for a moment…. and then it gets hilarious. She, through her entire act, does two things. She does something that is usually a comedy no-no and told jokes about her life that were simply too soon, most of the tragedy happened within the previous week, and she also constantly talks about how it just didn’t seem to make sense to her in light of her cancer to be “telling jokes about a bee taking the 405.” What makes this album so significant to me is simply that it is often very rare to see a comedian vulnerable and 100% authentic and though it isn’t the funniest album in all of comedy history by no means, it is definitely one of the most unique albums I have ever heard.
I suggest to just simply listen to the whole album. You certainly won’t regret it. Especially if you have went through any tragedy in your life that just seemed unbearable, Tig definitely puts things in perspective for those of us who have even the worst of luck. So start at Tig Notaro – Hello, I Have Cancer and don’t stop until you reach the end. Any of you ever have a string of terrible things happen to you? let me know in the comment section below.