One of America's most original comedic voices delivers a darkly funny, wryly observed, and emotionally raw account of her year of death, cancer, and epiphany.
In the span of four months in 2012, Tig Notaro was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease called C. diff, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and then she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Hit with this devastating barrage, Tig took her grief onstage. Days after receiving her cancer diagnosis, she broke new comedic ground, opening an unvarnished set with the words: "Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you? Hi, how are you? Is everybody having a good time? I have cancer." The set went viral instantly and was ultimately released as Tig's sophomore album, Live, which sold one hundred thousand units in just six weeks and was later nominated for a Grammy.
Now, the wildly popular star takes stock of that no good, very bad year—a difficult yet astonishing period in which tragedy turned into absurdity and despair transformed into joy. An inspired combination of the deadpan silliness of her comedy and the open-hearted vulnerability that has emerged in the wake of that dire time, I'm Just a Person is a moving and often hilarious look at this very brave, very funny woman's journey into the darkness and her thrilling return from it.
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"Comedian Tig Notaro regales listeners with her very bad year in her emblematic understated voice. Her low-key delivery is just right for the series of horrible turns she describes: her mother's end stage of life as a comatose patient, her own battle with a nearly deadly bacterial infection, only to then be diagnosed with breast cancer--all while coping with the downs (and some ups) of her romantic life, family life, and career. Notaro's dry approach to this horrible raft of events keeps the listener both engaged and cheering for a women who seemingly doesn't do self-pity and chooses to keep moving ahead in life. F.M.R.G. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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