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Stand-up comedian looks at the lighter side of cancer, breast reconstruction

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Most people might not think of being diagnosed with breast cancer as a time to laugh, but comedian Pamela Murphy has put a funny twist on the experience of having cancer and a breast reconstruction.

Her one-woman show, which currently appears as part of the Upright Citizens Brigade's tour, was voted the Best Solo Show of 2011 by Time Out New York. According to the Charleston City Paper, this accolade was well deserved.

The newspaper said that Murphy skillfully makes light of the unique experiences of a cancer patient, such as getting to more or less design one's new breasts.

The entertainer said that the way others treated her after her cancer diagnosis was occasionally very easy to laugh about. At the suggestions that "cancer would make her a better person," Murphy said that she began replying, "What, like I wasn't a good person before?"

She also discussed the awkwardness that came with having to tell dates that she'd had cancer, which Murphy revealed that she had to define for more than one blind date as "that weird disease where you lose all your hair," Time Out reported.

Gidick K. Upright Citizens Brigade members take on annoying couples and disease. June 2011. http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/upright-citizens-brigade-member-stake-on-annoying-couples-and-disease/Content?oid=3415313 Accessed June 2, 2011.

Borden J. The C Word by Pamela Murphy. Time Out New York. Jan 14, 2011. http://newyork.timeout.com/music-nightlife/comedy/698887/the-c-word-by-pamela-murphy Accessed June 2, 2011.

Extract: Most people might not think of being diagnosed with breast cancer as a time to laugh, but comedian Pamela Murphy has put a funny twist on the experience of having cancer and a breast reconstruction.

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