Natasha Leggero (born March 26, 1974) is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She rose to fame after appearing as the host of MTV's The 70s House (2005), and for her tenure as a regular roundtable panelist on Chelsea Handler's late-night talk show Chelsea Lately. Her comedy, characterized as observational, has been noted by critics for its use of satire as commentary on such themes as celebrity culture and class.
Natasha Leggero at ComicCon.
March 26, 1974 |
Rockford, Illinois, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film|
|Alma mater||Stella Adler Conservatory
|Genres||Observational comedy, blue comedy, insult comedy, satire|
|Subject(s)||Social class, celebrity culture|
|Spouse||Moshe Kasher (m. 2015)|
Her stand-up television appearances include performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Last Call with Carson Daly, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and she has appeared on multiple Comedy Central stand-up programs as well as their animated show Ugly Americans, wherein she voiced Callie Maggotbone.
Leggero was born March 26, 1974[a] in Rockford, Illinois and is of Italian and Swedish descent. She has stated that a DNA test revealed 6% Sub-Saharan African ancestry. Leggero was raised Roman Catholic but converted to Judaism as an adult.
Commenting on her childhood, she stated: "I would say [we were] lower-middle-class, but I feel like my mom would start crying if she heard that. But my dad was a used car dealer and my mother worked in a locksmith shop as the bookkeeper, and then they got divorced, and I do remember, like, nuns bringing us food—like big canned goods. And then, you know, we didn't really go on vacation–ever... I had so many jobs growing up: I mowed lawns; I worked at a grocery store; I had two newspaper routes; I worked at a catering place... I definitely hustled."
After graduating from high school, Leggero attended Illinois State University, where she studied for two years and spent a semester studying abroad in England. While at Illinois State, Leggero auditioned for the Stella Adler Conservatory in Chicago, and was accepted into the theater program. She then relocated to New York City to attend the conservatory, spending two years studying. In 1996, she moved to Sydney, Australia with her then-boyfriend, and lived there for a year before returning to New York to attend Hunter College, where she graduated in 2000 with a B.A. in Theater criticism. She relocated to Los Angeles shortly before the September 11 attacks.
Leggero shot an unaired pilot called The Strip for NBC, with Tom Lennon and Ben Garant from Reno 911!. Alongside Andy Kindler and Greg Giraldo, she was a judge on the 2010 season of NBC's Last Comic Standing, hosted by Craig Robinson. Leggero played Emma in NBC's 2011 sitcom Free Agents. From 2010 to January 2012, Leggero co-hosted The Lavender Hour podcast with comedian Duncan Trussell.
From 2010 to 2012, she voiced the role of Callie Maggotbone on the animated series Ugly Americans. In 2012, she also appeared in six episodes of NBC's Are You There, Chelsea? as Nikki, who was Rick's (the bar manager's) ex-girlfriend. Leggero was featured in every first-season episode starting with the second episode, "Sloane's Ex."
She also played the sex-obsessed Haley in the web series Burning Love, a spoof of the TV series The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. In 2013, Leggero appeared in an episode of the Drunk History television series on Comedy Central.
On September 2, 2013, Leggero participated in the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco as one of the Roasters; the following day, Brickleberry premiered in its second season. Leggero voiced the busty ranger Ethel in place of Kaitlin Olson, who was in the first season only.
Tubbin' with Tash debuted on October 2, 2013 on Leggero's YouTube channel. The premise of the show is Leggero interviewing guests while in a hot tub. In August 2015, she debuted her Comedy Central standup special, Live at Bimbo's (originally entitled Diamond Pussy), which she filmed in San Francisco.
In 2015, Leggero and Riki Lindhome created the Comedy Central series Another Period, which they also star in together; the series premiered June 23, 2015, and was renewed for a second season, which premiered June 15, 2016. On May 23, 2016, it was renewed for a third season, which will air in 2018. In 2016 and 2017, Leggero and husband Moshe Kasher embarked on The Honeymoon Tour, in which they performed standup shows and provided humorous relationship advice throughout the United States.
New Year's Eve incidentEdit
On December 31, 2013, Leggero was criticized for a joke she made during NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly, when, in response to a controversial tweet posted by SpaghettiOs on the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, she quipped: "It sucks that the only survivors of Pearl Harbor are being mocked by the only food they can still chew." Her remarks were met with a backlash over social media; in response, Leggero posted in a blog entry that she did not feel that "the amazing courage of American veterans and specifically those who survived Pearl Harbor is in any way diminished by a comedian making a joke about dentures on television. Do we really believe that the people who fought and defended our freedom against Nazis and the Axis powers will find a joke about Spaghetti O's too much to bear? Sorry, I have more respect for Veterans than to think their honor can be impugned by a glamorous, charming comedian in a fur hat." She also called on those offended by the remarks to donate to Disabled American Veterans.
Leggero's comedy has been characterized as observational, with frequent commentary on celebrity culture and class. Her approach to standup has been noted for its heavy use of persona, which largely relies on costumes and "an air of mock-refinement and elitism." Journalist John Wenzel wrote that Leggero's use of persona "[allows her to] indict the most bloated, superficial aspects of our culture." Maggie Lange of GQ noted:
All performers have a character to some extent, but Leggero is one of the few with a costume. She’s like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, but like a seasoned comedian in socialite’s clothing. She’s always been this way. Who is the most formally dressed being at every Roast? Natasha Leggero. Who is perhaps the only person to have ever worn long white gloves to the Laugh Factory? Natasha Leggero. It’s always like she’s going to another party. While other comedians are trying to out-casual each other, she’s sitting with impeccable posture, dripping diamonds, dripping disdain.
Between 2011 and 2012, Leggero dated comedian Duncan Trussell, with whom she co-hosted the podcast, The Lavender Hour. She married comedian Moshe Kasher in 2015. During an October 3, 2017 interview with Stephen Colbert, Leggero announced that she and Kasher were expecting their first child. On February 24, 2018, Leggero announced the birth of their child, a girl, via Instagram. She resides in Los Angeles, California.
|2007||The Exorcist Chronicles||Leah|
|2009||He's Just Not That Into You||Amber Gnech|
|2013||Tome of the Unknown||Beatrice||Short film; pilot for the miniseries Over the Garden Wall|
|2013||Dealin' with Idiots||Tipsy Jessica|
|2014||Let's Be Cops||Annie|
|2015||The Breakup Girl||Kim|
|2015||A Better You||Tamara|
|2004||The Joe Schmo Show||Rita "The Drunk"||2 episodes|
|2005||MTV's The 70s House||Dawn||Host; 10 episodes|
|2005–2008||Reno 911!||Various||3 episodes|
|2005||Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson||Herself (red carpet interviewer)||Uncredited; television special|
|2005||Premium Blend||Herself||Episode: "Johnny Lampert, Roy Wood Jr., Natasha Leggero and Stephen Rannazzisi"|
|2006||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Stripper #1||Episode: "Charlie Gets Crippled"|
|2007||'Til Death||Mindy||Episode: "Performance Anxiety"|
|2007||Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld||Herself||Guest panelist; episode dated December 8, 2007|
|2008–2014||Chelsea Lately||Herself||Guest panelist; various episodes|
|2008||Samantha Who?||Female Customer||Episode: "The Gallery Show"|
|2008||SuperNews!||Hillary Clinton (voice)||Episode: "Super Short"|
|2008||SuperNews!||Sarah Palin (voice)||Episode: "Top Gov"|
|2008||Sarah Silverman Program, TheThe Sarah Silverman Program||Dr. Leggero||Episode: "Vow Wow"|
|2008||Worst Week||Liz||Episode: "The Gift"|
|2009||Aqua Teen Hunger Force||Computer Technician (voice)||Episode: "Fry Legs"|
|2009–2010||Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest..., TheThe Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest...||Herself||Commentator; 28 episodes|
|2010||'Til Death||Sandy||Episode: "Snore Loser"|
|2010–2012||Ugly Americans||Callie Maggotbone (voice)||Main cast; 31 episodes|
|2010||Last Comic Standing||Herself||Judge (season 7); 10 episodes|
|2010–2011||Nick Swardson's Pretend Time||Various||5 episodes|
|2011||Comedy Central Presents||Herself||Episode: "Natasha Leggero"|
|2011||After Lately||Herself||2 episodes|
|2011||Free Agents||Emma Parker||Main cast; 8 episodes|
|2012||Life & Times of Tim, TheThe Life & Times of Tim||Female Rodney (voice)||2 episodes|
|2012||Are You There, Chelsea?||Nikki Natoli||6 episodes|
|2012||The Life & Times of Tim||Female Rodney (voice)||2 episodes|
|2012||China, IL||Jen (voice)||Episode: "Frankensteve"|
|2012||Regular Show||LaDonna / Girl in Line (voice)||Episode: "Access Denied"|
|2012–2013||Burn with Jeff Ross, TheThe Burn with Jeff Ross||Herself||2 episodes|
|2012||NTSF:SD:SUV::||Mona Lisa||Episode: "Time Angels"|
|2013–2015||Brickleberry||Ethel (voice)||Main cast (season 2–season 3)|
|2013||Whitney||Danielle||Episode: "Lost in Transition"|
|2013||The Jeselnik Offensive||Panelist||1 episode|
|2013||Community||Mysti||Episode: "Heroic Origins"|
|2013||Ghost Ghirls||Sissy||Episode: "Hooker With A Heart of Ghoul"|
|2013||Arrested Development||Jackie||Episode: "Borderline Personalities"|
|2013||Drunk History||Herself||Narrator; episode: "San Francisco"|
|2013||High School USA!||Rachel Lewis (voice)||Episode: "Adoption"|
|2013||Comedy Central Roast of James Franco||Herself (roaster)||Television special|
|2013||League, TheThe League||Stand-up teacher||Episode: "The Bringer Show"|
|2013||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Judy Elevenuda||Episode: "Andy Dick Wears a Black Suit Jacket & Skinny Tie"|
|2013–2014||Lucas Bros. Moving Co.||Natasha (voice)||3 episodes|
|2013||Key & Peele||White Woman #2||Episode: "The Power of Wings"|
|2013||Birthday Boys, TheThe Birthday Boys||Superintendent||Episode: "Going All the Way"|
|2014||Inside Amy Schumer||Mia||Episode: "Slut-Shaming"|
|2014||Clarence||Nature Kate / Heida (voice)||Episode: "Nature Clarence"|
|2014||Garfunkel & Oates||Vivian||3 episodes: "The Fadeaway", "Eggs" and "Maturity".|
|2015||Marry Me||Laguna Matata||Episode: "Spoil Me"|
|2015||Mulaney||Rodeo||Episode: "Life is a Series of Different Apartments"|
|2015–present||Another Period||Lillian Bellacourt||Main cast; also creator|
|2015||Modern Family||Dana||Episode: "Fight or Flight"|
|2015||The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber||Herself||One night television special|
|2015||Drunk History||Elizabeth Bisland||Episode: "Journalism"|
|2016–2017||American Dad!||Planet Hollywood Waitress / Karen (voice)||2 episodes|
|2016||BoJack Horseman||Heather (voice)||Episode: "Start Spreading the News"|
|2017||Justice League Action||Poison Ivy||Episode: "Garden of Evil"|
|2006||Fire Guys||Black Ladder Team leader||Episode 3|
|2012–2013||Burning Love||Haley||14 episodes|
|2012||Escape My Life||Skylar Browning||8 episodes|
|2013||Tubbin' with Tash||Herself||Series creator and star|
|2015||Joe Rogan Experience||Herself||Podcast Episode 653|
|2015||The Adam Carolla Show||Herself||Podcast May 31|
|2015||Limbo||Lucy / Lucifer||Independent short film|
|2016||WTF with Marc Maron||Herself||Episode 707|
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- Live at Bimbo's (2015)
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