Instead, she walked to the mic and, while the audience was still applauding, she said, “Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you? Hi, how are you? Is everybody having a good time? I have cancer.” After a few seconds, she exhaled heavily and murmured, “Ah, god.” Then, in a loud, pinched voice: “Oh my god!” She seemed to be experiencing several conflicting emotions at once. The audience response, which had been warm, fractured into hoots and nervous titters. People were beginning to realize that this was not a bizarre setup; Notaro was telling the truth and groping blindly for a way to make it funny. She said, “It’s weird because with humor, the equation is Tragedy + Time = Comedy. I am just at tragedy right now.”
*cop Tig’s super brave comedy show here at Louis CK’s site HERE!. AMAZING. absurdist comedy at its complete finest.