Comic opens set for ages: 'Hello. I have cancer.'
Her stand-up, while personal, hasn’t typically been confessional or dark. Among her most famous routines is a never-ending bit about repeatedly running into ‘80s pop star Taylor Dayne. Performing on ‘‘Conan,’’ she also stretched absurdity, spending the majority of her set pushing a stool around the stage.
But now, Notaro realizes a shift has occurred in her comedy and that she can’t return to her old material. ‘‘Live’’ ends with her telling one of her jokes — one about a bee on a highway in Los Angeles — but she’s telling it ironically. After talking about cancer and death, the joke is funny for being so foolish by comparison.
‘‘I cannot imagine — and maybe it’s just a matter of time — doing that kind of material right now,’’ says Notaro, who hasn’t yet performed since. ‘‘I feel a little more reflective and searching. My comedy is beyond me right now.
‘‘I have no idea what’s coming,’’ she says. ‘‘It makes me feel like I'm just starting in stand-up. I feel like I've just been born, but I feel like I've been born with every tool I need in life. If you had a baby and it was born with all the experience it needed. That’s how I feel.’’
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