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At 'In a World...' screening, the stand-up performance that almost was

Published January 22, 2013 7:56 am

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The Sundance Film Festival audience at the Library Center Theatre on Sunday came thisclose to hearing an impromptu set from the hottest stand-up comic in America.

At the premiere screening of the comedy "In a World…," a technical glitch popped up in the projection booth just before the movie started. When it appeared that it might take a minute, the film's writer-director-star, Lake Bell, had an idea.

"Hey, Tig, can you do five?" Bell shouted to comedian Tig Notaro, who appears in the film and was sitting a few rows behind Bell.

After a pause, a reluctant-sounding Notaro yelled back, "Somebody get me a mic."

Just as someone did get a mic to her, though, the projection problems were solved and the movie started.

- Sean P. Means