I've been catching up on the first season of Showtime's new dramedy, The Big C, which stars Laura Linney as a middle-aged mother who changes her approach to life upon being diagnosed with stage-four melanoma. It's got a subtle charm to it.
But it's no match for "The C Word," Pamela Murphy's real-life one-woman show currently running at the UCB Theatre in New York City. Murphy cuts right to the chase and never lets up, with close to a dozen vignettes over the course of a half-hour, portraying all of the players in her "journey" of living with breast cancer. Murphy, who has performed with various UCB house teams and productions for more than five years, was diagnosed three years ago. As she explains to audiences, it's about time she shared her "gift" onstage. "What are they going to say? No? I had cancer!" Murphy says. "So get ready for some laughs!" Ready or not, you're going to laugh plenty at this show. This comedy show about cancer. Don't be scared and jump onboard for the ride.