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Natasha Leggero
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Natasha Leggero at ComicCon in 2015
Born (1974-03-26) March 26, 1974 (age 48)
Rockford, Illinois, U.S
Medium
  • Stand-up
  • television
  • film
Alma mater Hunter College (BA)
Stella Adler Studio of Acting
Years active 2000–present
Genres
  • Observational comedy
  • blue comedy
  • insult comedy
  • satire
Subject(s)
Spouse
Moshe Kasher
(m. 2015)
Children 1

Natasha Leggero (/lɛˈʒɛər/) (born March 26, 1974) is an American comedian, actress and writer. She rose to fame after appearing as the host of the MTV reality television series The 70s House in 2005, and as a regular roundtable panelist on Chelsea Handler's late-night talk show Chelsea Lately from 2008 to 2014.

Leggero created the Comedy Central period sitcom Another Period (2015–2018) with Riki Lindhome, which she starred in as Lillian Abigail Bellacourt, a daughter of the fictional Bellacourt family. As a voice actress, Leggero has starred in several adult animated sitcoms, voicing the roles of Callie Maggotbone in Ugly Americans (2010–2012), Ethel in Brickleberry (2013–2015) and Shannon in Hoops (2020). She also starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom Free Agents (2011) as Emma Parker, in the Showtime comedy series Dice (2016–2017) as Carmen, and in the CBS sitcom Broke (2020) as Elizabeth.

Her observational comedy has been noted by critics for its use of satire, as commentary on such themes as celebrity culture and social class.

Early life and education

Leggero was born on March 26, 1974 in Rockford, Illinois and is of Italian and Swedish descent. Leggero was raised Roman Catholic, but converted to Judaism as an adult.

Commenting on her childhood, Leggero 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."

She began performing in plays at age 10 in Chicago. Leggero attended Rockford East High School and worked at a grocery store as a teenager.

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, studying for two years. 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.

Career

Leggero shot an unaired pilot called The Strip for NBC with Tom Lennon and Ben Garant from Reno 911! Along with Andy Kindler and Greg Giraldo, she was a judge on the 2010 season of NBC's Last Comic Standing, which was 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, Leggero 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".

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On September 2, 2013, Leggero participated in the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco as one of the roasters. The following day, Brickleberry premiered its second season. Leggero voiced the busty ranger Ethel in place of Kaitlin Olson, who only featured in the first season.

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 2015, Leggero and Riki Lindhome created the Comedy Central series Another Period, which they also starred in together. The series premiered June 23, 2015, and was renewed for a second season, which premiered on June 15, 2016. On May 23, 2016, it was renewed for a third season, which aired in 2018. In 2016 and 2017, Leggero and husband Moshe Kasher embarked on The Honeymoon Tour, in which they performed stand-up shows and provided humorous relationship advice throughout the United States.

Leggero currently hosts Rat in the Kitchen on TBS, which premiered on March 31, 2022.

Comedic style

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.

Personal life

As of 2016, Leggero owns a home in Silver Lake, Los Angeles.

Between 2011 and 2012, Leggero dated comedian Duncan Trussell, with whom she co-hosted the podcast, The Lavender Hour.

In 2015, she married fellow comedian Moshe Kasher. During an October 3, 2017 interview with Stephen Colbert, Leggero announced that she and Kasher were expecting their first child. On February 24, 2018, on Instagram, Leggero announced the birth of their daughter.

Works

Stand-up comedy

Year Title Notes
2011 Comedy Central Presents Half-hour special
2011 Coke Money Comedy Central album
2015 Live at Bimbo's Comedy Central special
2018 The Honeymoon Stand Up Special Netflix special with Moshe Kasher

Talk shows

Year Title Notes
2013 Tubbin' with Tash 7-episode web series
2019–present The Endless Honeymoon Podcast podcast with Moshe Kasher

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
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
Dealin' with ... Tipsy Jessica
2014 Neighbors Street ...
Let's Be Cops Annie
2015 The Breakup Girl Kim
A Better You Tamara
2016 The Do-Over Nikki
2020 Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics Young Carrie Fisher
TBA First Time Female Director Post-production
TBA Old Dads Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Joe Schmo Show Rita "The ..." 2 episodes
2005 MTV's The 70s House Dawn Host; 10 episodes
2005–08 Reno 911! Various 3 episodes
2005 Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson Herself (red carpet interviewer) Uncredited; Television special
Premium Blend Herself Episode: "Johnny Lampert, Roy Wood Jr., Natasha Leggero and Stephen Rannazzisi"
2006 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia ... #1 Episode: "Charlie Gets Crippled"
2007 'Til Death Mindy Episode: "Performance Anxiety"
Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld Herself Guest panelist; episode dated December 8, 2007
2008–14 Chelsea Lately Herself Guest panelist; various episodes
2008 Samantha Who? Female Customer Episode: "The Gallery Show"
SuperNews! Hillary Clinton (voice) Episode: "Super Short"
SuperNews! Sarah Palin (voice) Episode: "Top Gov"
Sarah Silverman Program, TheThe Sarah Silverman Program Dr. Leggero Episode: "Vow Wow"
Worst Week Liz Episode: "The Gift"
2009 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Computer Technician (voice) Episode: "Fry Legs"
2009–10 Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest..., TheThe Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest... Herself Commentator; 28 episodes
2010 'Til Death Sandy Episode: "Snore Loser"
2010–12 Ugly Americans Callie Maggotbone (voice) Main cast; 31 episodes
2010 Last Comic Standing Herself Judge (season 7); 10 episodes
2010–11 Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Various 5 episodes
2011 Comedy Central Presents Herself Episode: "Natasha Leggero"
After Lately Herself 2 episodes
Free Agents Emma Parker Main cast; 8 episodes
2012 Are You There, Chelsea? Nikki Natoli 6 episodes
The Life & Times of Tim Female Rodney (voice) 2 episodes
China, IL Jen (voice) Episode: "Frankensteve"
Regular Show LaDonna / Girl in Line (voice) Episode: "Access Denied"
2012–13 Burn with Jeff Ross, TheThe Burn with Jeff Ross Herself 2 episodes
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Mona Lisa Episode: "Time Angels"
2013–15 Brickleberry Ethel (voice) Main cast (season 2–3)
2013 Whitney Danielle Episode: "Lost in Transition"
The Jeselnik Offensive Panelist 1 episode
Community Mysti Episode: "Heroic Origins"
Ghost Ghirls Sissy Episode: "Hooker With A Heart of Ghoul"
Arrested Development Jackie Episode: "Borderline Personalities"
... History Herself Narrator; episode: "San Francisco"
High School USA! Rachel Lewis (voice) Episode: "Adoption"
Comedy Central Roast of James Franco Herself (roaster) Television special
League, TheThe League Stand-up teacher Episode: "The Bringer Show"
2013–17 @midnight Herself 7 episodes
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Judy Elevenuda Episode: "Andy Dick Wears a Black Suit Jacket & Skinny Tie"
2013–14 Betas Brenda 3 episodes
Lucas Bros. Moving Co. Natasha (voice) 3 episodes
2013 Key & Peele White Woman #2 Episode: "The Power of Wings"
Birthday Boys, TheThe Birthday Boys Superintendent Episode: "Going All the Way"
2014 Suburgatory Nora 4 episodes
Inside Amy Schumer Mia Episode: "..."
Clarence Nature Kate / Heida (voice) Episode: "Nature Clarence"
Garfunkel & Oates Vivian St. Charles 3 episodes: "The Fadeaway", "Eggs" and "Maturity".
2015 Marry Me Laguna Matata Episode: "Spoil Me"
Mulaney Rodeo Episode: "Life is a Series of Different Apartments"
2015–18 Another Period Lillian Bellacourt Main cast, 32 episodes
2015 Modern Family Dana Episode: "Fight or Flight"
The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber Herself Television special
... History Elizabeth Bisland Episode: "Journalism"
2016 Superstore Shoplifter Episode: "Shoplifter"
2016–17 Dice Carmen Main cast, 13 episodes
American Dad! Planet Hollywood Waitress / Karen (voice) 2 episodes
2016 BoJack Horseman Heather (voice) Episode: "Start Spreading the News"
2017–present Funny You Should Ask Herself Rotating with other comedians
2017 Justice League Action Poison Ivy (voice) Episode: "Garden of Evil"
2018 Teachers Honour Episode: "Leggo My Preggo"
Alone Together Nora Episode: "Daypassers"
A Million Little Things Joyce Episode: "Christmas Wishlist"
Comedy Knockout Herself 2 episodes
2019 The Real Bros of Simi Valley Cheryl Episode: "Open House"
Star vs. the Forces of Evil Additional voices Episode: "Junkin' Janna/A Spell with No Name"
Historical Roasts Mary Todd Lincoln Episode: "Abraham Lincoln"
American Princess Heidi Episode: "Down There"
Adam Ruins Everything Music Video Director Episode: "Adam Ruins Music"
Crank Yankers Herself Episode: "Adam Carolla, David Koechner & Natasha Leggero"
2020 AJ and the Queen Kath Episode: "Little Rock"
Paradise PD Ethel (voice) Episode: "Paradise PD Meets Brickleberry"
The Midnight Gospel Peggy (voice) Episode: "Taste of the King"
Broke Elizabeth Main cast, 13 episodes
Hoops Shannon (voice) Main cast, 10 episodes
2022 Fast Foodies Herself Season 2, episode 3.
Rat in the Kitchen Herself Host; TV series

Web

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Fire Guys Black Ladder Team leader Episode 3
2012–13 Burning Love Haley 14 episodes
2012 Escape My Life Skylar Browning 8 episodes
2015 Joe Rogan Experience Herself Podcast episode 653
The Adam Carolla Show Herself Podcast May 31
Limbo Lucy / Lucifer Independent short film
2016 ... with Marc Maron Herself Episode 707
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