464: Invisible Made Visible

464: Invisible Made Visible

May 18, 2012
The radio version of an episode we did live on stage and beamed to movie theaters all over the country. David Sedaris, Tig Notaro and Ryan Knighton perform stories. Plus the late David Rakoff, in his final performance on the show.

The other half of the two-hour performance was visual, including dancers, animation, and a short film. You can download video of the entire show.
  • Ira interviews Ryan Knighton, a blind guy who had a very peculiar experience with a hotel room telephone. Then Ira introduces the rest of the show, which was recorded live on stage in New York City and beamed to movie theaters in the US, Canada and Australia. (7 minutes) Live PerformanceTelephone

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  • Ryan Knighton, who was interviewed in the prologue, tells this story about trying to get his daughter to understand his blindness. Ryan is the author of the memoir Cockeyed. (7 minutes)FathersLive PerformanceParenting

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  • Famous people are supposed to be somewhere else, invisible to us. Comedian Tig Notaro tells this story about repeatedly running Taylor Dayne, who was a pop star in the late 80s and early 90s. At the end of the story, we have a little surprise for Tig. Tig hosts the podcast Professor Blastoff. Her newest comedy album is Tig Notaro: Live. (16 minutes)FunnyLive PerformanceMusic

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  • David Rakoff tells this story, about the invisible processes that can happen inside our bodies...and the visible effects they eventually have. David died three months after this performance, in August 2012. We dedicated an episode to him, collecting stories he told on the show over the years. David finished a final book - a novel, written in rhyme - called Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish. It will be published in July. CancerLive Performance

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  • Ira Glass's sister once met David Sedaris, and commented that he was much nicer than she thought he would be, given his writing. David replied, "I'm not nice, just two-faced." In this story, David shares the thoughts running through his head as he attempts to buy a cup of coffee. His most recent book is Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls. (8 minutes)

    Below are photos from the show, by Adrianne Mathiowetz.FunnyLive Performance

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