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Monday, May 31, 2010

Comedy Corner: Natasha Leggero

Comedian, Natasha Leggero, is no stranger to success. Appearing as a regular round table guest on “Chelsea Lately,” as well as “the Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and “Reno 911,” she is a guaranteed laugh. You may have also seen Ms. Leggero flex her thespian prowess on the big screen in the movie, “He’s Just Not That Into You.”

She came to Nashville recently and I was first in line to see her perform. She’s no bigger than a minute, and with an infectious smile, it was quite a surprise to hear many of her musings. Religion, rap music, homelessness. Nothing was left out. I can also attest to the fact that she knows how to handle a heckling audience member (and, no it wasn’t me) while maintaining poise, grace, and a little raunchy humor.

I met her after the show and was fortunate enough to be granted an interview. So, without further ado, allow me to introduce a moment with funny girl, Natasha Leggero.

Loripalooza: Most little girls don’t grow up with aspirations of becoming a comedian. How did you get to this place in your life?

Natasha: All it takes is a bad childhood! (This is good news for the Lohan sisters.)

Loripalooza: Where do you draw your inspiration for writing comedy?

Natasha: Women giving birth in toilets. (If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that one!)

Loripalooza: Who are your favorite comedians? Mentors?

Natasha: Todd Barry, Tig Notaro, Zach Galifinakis, Bill Hicks

Loripalooza: Between stand-up and acting, which do you prefer?

Natasha: Nothing beats live performance!

Loripalooza: Is anything “off limits” when writing comedy?

Natasha: No comic should do more than 3 rape jokes per set.

Loripalooza: What are your current projects?

Natasha: I am currently touring. For tour dates: http://www.natashaleggero.com/

Loripalooza: If American Idol came out with their own alcoholic beverage, which would you prefer?
a. Ruben Studdard (Ale) - dark and full bodied
b. Clay Aiken (Wine cooler) - sweet and fruity
c. Jordin Sparks (Spumanti) - light and fresh

Natasha: I'll have a ClayAiken- with a side of whatever Paula Abdul is on!