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  1. What makes this comedy set qualify as “memoir”? Which category of Smith and Watson’s memoir approaches do you find more applicable and why?

This comedy set qualifies as a memoir, because she is talking about her being diagnosed with cancer. It’s her story that she is telling to the audience. It’s about her life. I think one thing that stood out to me was the fact that she was able to have a sense of humor. We see that a lot in memoirs. People seem to make jokes about their life, because it helps them heal. Notaro explained that she was diagnosed a few days before the set, and she was able to tell all of her feelings and issues regarding her diagnosis. She explained that her friends had trouble talking to her. How was she going to date people? This was a great example of autoethnography. It’s the idea of a person using self reflection and writing of themselves to connect to the world. Smith and Watson mentioned that people used to write about what is connecting to other cultures (Smith, Watson 157). Notaro is talking about her own experience with cancer to connect to the world. There are many people dealing with cancer. Another idea is the fact that it could also be considered a grief narrative. She mentioned that her mother died around the time she was diagnosed. That is something no one should have to go through. Smith and Watson mentioned that memoirs of grief are passed as how-to guidebooks (Smith, Watson 138). It’s a perfect example, because Notaro seemed to let the audience know that she was doing okay. She’s coming to terms with everything, and that God never gives you more than you can handle.

2. How does spoken word storytelling differ from pint or graphic memoir in terms of audience engagement? In terms of imagery? In terms of its use of memory to craft a public?

I think the difference with spoken word is the fact that the audience is able to see and feel the emotion. We can see tears, feel pain, look at laughter, and more. When the speaker is speaking, we can understand what they are saying. It’s all about seeing the actions of the speaker. When reading a memoir, we can only see so much. Yes, the author could use many descriptive words, and images. It would be better If the author read the memoir aloud. We could hear the tone. Stand up adds a piece of substance that we don’t get from reading. Even with graphic memoirs. Yes, we see pictures but we still have to read the words. We don’t hear it. In Tig Notaro’s set, we could hear the audience laughing, cheering, and commenting. They were more engaged. With memory, Notaro could think of things as she was talking. Everything seemed fresh. When one talks, they think of more things to say. Everything seems more in depth.

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