Natasha Leggero

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Natasha Leggero
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Natasha Leggero at ComicCon in 2015.
Born (1974-03-26) March 26, 1974 (age 46)
Rockford, Illinois, U.S
MediumStand-up, television, film
Alma materHunter College (BA)
Years active2000–present
GenresObservational comedy, blue comedy, insult comedy, satire
Subject(s)Social class, celebrity culture
Moshe Kasher (m. 2015)

Natasha Leggero (/ˈlɛʒɛər/; 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.[1] Her comedy, characterized as observational, has been noted by critics for its use of satire as commentary on such themes as celebrity culture and social class.

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 and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She has appeared on multiple Comedy Central stand-up programs as well as their animated show Ugly Americans, wherein she voiced Callie Maggotbone. She also appeared in season 5, episode 7 of The League, playing the role of Andre’s (Paul Scheer) comedy class teacher.

In 2015, she co-created the period sitcom Another Period for Comedy Central, in which she starred with co-creator Riki Lindhome.

Early life[edit]

Leggero was born March 26, 1974[a] in Rockford, Illinois[5] and is of Italian[6] and Swedish[7] descent. She has stated that a DNA test revealed 6% Sub-Saharan African ancestry.[8] Leggero was raised Roman Catholic[9], but converted to Judaism as an adult.[10]

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."[2]

She began performing at age 10 in plays in Chicago.[11] Leggero attended Rockford East High School[12] and worked at a grocery store as a teenager.[11]

After graduating from high school, Leggero attended Illinois State University, where she studied for two years and spent a semester studying abroad in England.[11] While at Illinois State, Leggero auditioned for the Stella Adler Conservatory in Chicago, and was accepted into the theater program.[11] She then relocated to New York City to attend the conservatory, spending two years studying.[11] In 1996, she moved to Sydney, Australia with her then-boyfriend, and lived there for a year before returning to New York[13] 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.[11]


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.[14] 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.[15] 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."[16]

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 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.[17] In August 2015, she debuted her Comedy Central standup special, Live at Bimbo's (originally entitled Diamond Pussy), which she filmed in San Francisco.[18]

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 June 15, 2016. On May 23, 2016, it was renewed for a third season,[19] which aired in 2018.[20] 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.[21]

New Year's Eve incident[edit]

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 said: "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.[22][23][24]

Comedic style[edit]

Leggero's comedy has been characterized as observational,[25] with frequent commentary on celebrity culture and class.[25] 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."[2] Journalist John Wenzel wrote that Leggero's use of persona "[allows her to] indict the most bloated, superficial aspects of our culture."[26] 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.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Between 2011 and 2012, Leggero dated comedian Duncan Trussell, with whom she co-hosted the podcast, The Lavender Hour.[28]

In 2015, she married fellow comedian Moshe Kasher.[29][30] During an October 3, 2017 interview with Stephen Colbert, Leggero announced that she and Kasher were expecting their first child.[31] On February 24, 2018, Leggero announced the birth of their daughter via Instagram.[32]

She resides in Los Angeles, California.[33]



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
2013 Dealin' with Idiots Tipsy Jessica
2014 Neighbors Street prostitute
2014 Let's Be Cops Annie
2015 The Breakup Girl Kim
2015 A Better You Tamara
2016 The Do-Over Nikki


Year Title Role Notes
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 The 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 The 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 The 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 The 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 The League Stand-up teacher Episode: "The Bringer Show"
2013–2017 @midnight Herself 7 episodes
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Judy Elevenuda Episode: "Andy Dick Wears a Black Suit Jacket & Skinny Tie"
2013–2014 Betas Brenda 3 episodes
2013–2014 Lucas Bros. Moving Co. Natasha (voice) 3 episodes
2013 Key & Peele White Woman #2 Episode: "The Power of Wings"
2013 The Birthday Boys Superintendent Episode: "Going All the Way"
2014 Suburgatory Nora 4 episodes
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"
2015–2018 Another Period Lillian Bellacourt Main cast, 32 episodes; also creator, executive producer, writer
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 Superstore Shoplifter Episode: "Shoplifter"
2016–2017 Dice Carmen Main cast, 13 episodes
2016–2017 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 Rotates with other comedians
2017 Justice League Action Poison Ivy (voice) Episode: "Garden of Evil"
2018 Teachers Honour Episode: "Leggo My Preggo"
2018 Comedy Knockout Herself 2 episodes
2019 Crank Yankers Herself Episode: "Adam Carolla, David Koechner & Natasha Leggero"
2019 Historical Roasts Mary Todd Lincoln Episode: "Abraham Lincoln"
2020 AJ and the Queen Kath Episode: "Little Rock"
2020 Broke Elizabeth Main cast, 10 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
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


  • Coke Money (2011)
  • Live at Bimbo's (2015)
  • The Honeymoon Stand Up Special [Netflix] (2018)


  1. ^ A June 2017 profile in Forbes notes that Leggero is 43 years old.[2] On March 26, 2017, Leggero re-tweeted a "Happy Birthday" wish directed at her from Showtime Networks, which was posted the same day.[3] Her birthdate of March 26 is corroborated by public records available through FamilySearch.[4]


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  27. ^ Lange, Maggie (August 21, 2015). "Nobody in Comedy Commits Like Natasha Leggero". GQ. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  28. ^ Marchese, David (October 21, 2011). "Dressed to Kill: A Day in the Life of Rising Comedienne Natasha Leggero". Spin. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  29. ^ "Natasha Leggero Doesn't Want To Plan Her Wedding". YouTube. July 29, 2015. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  30. ^ "Comedian Natasha Leggero Talks Getting High on YouTube Plus, the highbrow TV drama that always puts her to sleep". AdWeek. June 23, 2015. Retrieved August 9, 2015.
  31. ^ Burford, Corinna (October 4, 2017). "Natasha Leggero Reveals the Worst Part of Being Pregnant in 2017". Vulture. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  32. ^ Natasha Leggero. Instagram. Retrieved on February 24, 2018.
  33. ^ David, Mark (December 19, 2016). "Married Comedians Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher Lease Out Silver Lake Cottage". Variety. Retrieved December 28, 2016.

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