Comedian Tig Notaro's widely acclaimed standup set on her breast cancer diagnosis is now available on Louis C.K.'s website.
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Fellow comic C.K. posted a live recording of Notaro's August show at the Largo comedy club in Los Angeles. Downloadable as a single FLAC or MP3 file, the recording costs $5. Fans simply enter their email address, pay via PayPal or Amazon and are then directed back to C.K.'s website to enjoy the show, called "Tig Notaro Live." C.K., a friend of Notaro's, is keeping $1, while the comedienne gets $4, some of which will go to cancer research.
In an Oct. 5 blog post, C.K. explains why he decided to post another performer's work on his site.
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"The show was an amazing example of what comedy can be. A way to visit your worse fears and laugh at them," he writes. "Here was this small woman standing alone against death and simply reporting where her mind had been and what had happened and employing her gorgeously acute standup voice to her own death."
C.K., also known as Louis Szekely, adds that Notaro's set was "one of the greatest standup performances I ever saw."
He tweeted his admiration for Notaro the day after the show:
in 27 years doing this, I've seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets.One was Tig Notaro last night at Largo.
— Louis C.K. (@louisck) August 4, 2012
After watching his friend perform, C.K. asked Notaro if he could exclusively release the set on his site. She agreed.
C.K. is known as an online entrepreneur, previously producing a video of his standup routine, and distributing it through his website. He also sold tickets for his comedy tour exclusively on LouisCK.net.
The popular comedian has said he wants to make his shows affordable for fans, who often deal with re-sellers inflating ticket prices through surcharges and handling fees.
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