Tig Notaro and comedy as memoir questions

As you listen to Tig Notaro’s comedy set “Hello. I have Cancer.” Consider the following questions.

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? (Review your options in Smith and Watson).

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 “self”?

Want to read more or situate this performance memoir more critically? Consider reading this New Yorker article on what was revolutionary in this comic set. We’ll continue to talk about performance form the next 2 weeks as well.

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