Natasha Leggero at ComicCon.
March 26, 1974 |
Rockford, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||Stella Adler Conservatory
|Spouse(s)||Moshe Kasher (m. 2015)|
If you look at NBC, two of their most successful shows – '30 Rock' and 'Parks And Rec' – are written by women, produced by women, and I think that's the future. Women are the new men.
I'm not 'one of the guys.' I don't want to pretend to be one on stage. I'm not going to dress like a guy or carry myself like one.
I grew up as a child actress, not a child star. I was an actress – big difference.
The corporations are shoving just the worst music down everybody's throats, and I think the result of that is that nobody has any taste. They have no bar as to what is good.
I don't think I ever wore pants on 'Reno 911!' and I was on it about five times.
In L.A., you tend to see a lot of people do very bizarre things. I love it.
There are some die-hard 'Chelsea Lately' fans, and that's where the majority of my fans come from. Chelsea is really helping make comedy audiences hipper and edgier.
I was very lucky when I started doing comedy because I hadn't seen much stand-up. I just got up on stage and did it without thinking.
For comedians, we're all kind of tweeting our thoughts instead of spending time developing them. You can gauge how good a joke might be by how many times it gets retweeted, but it takes discipline to go back through the tweets and then develop jokes from them.
My friends who have babies can't do anything. You can't go out at night. Having a baby is like a DUI from the universe.
I was raised Catholic in Rockford, Illinois. But I'm not a practicing Catholic anymore. Oh God, no.
I always wanted so much glamour in my life, so I have always been obsessed with class, and from dating a few people who were from old money and a few from new money in my 20s, I just sort of became obsessed with this idea of clueless rich people.
When I was 23, I moved to Australia to be with this 43-year-old con artist I fell in love with.
My comedy isn't about being attractive – it's about how the bar of dumb seems so low right now, and I desperately want to raise the bar of dumb just a tiny bit.
I have friends who say, 'You just can't understand what it's like to be a mother until you're a mother.'
The chasm between rich and poor is becoming larger, and I think it's interesting terrain to talk about and expose.
You can always tell an actor by the bored look in their eye whenever someone else is talking.
Often when you are starting out in comedy, you will find that people will laugh at the things you didn't think were funny. It's important to pay attention also to what people are laughing at when you are just talking in regular conversation. Often that is when you are truly being yourself.
Anything you can do to get more people to come to your live shows is good, because that's where you can really do what you do. Everyone's on the same page, and you don't have to win strangers over as much.
There's something grounded about 'Ugly Americans,' so I think it's good that I'm playing a version of myself in these elevated cartoon circumstances.
Pop culture, it's crazy. There's all this violence in video games. In 'Call of Duty,' people are literally just blowing other people up. Hey, let's protect your country from your couch while eating your sandwich.
Coming from the Midwest, I didn't know about stand-up as an art. I just thought stand-up comedians were old men in suits talking about their wives.
I love hard punch lines, and I like anything that has a strong point of view.
What's great about stand-up is that you can say whatever you want and go around the country, and sometimes the world, and work on it and see how people react. You don't need Standards & Practices or notes from lawyers or producers to tell you what's funny.
My dream part would be to play Mitt Romney's sarcastic black maid. We could call it 'Mammy & Me.'