Welcome to another “Why So Serious?” — a column where we ask stand-up comedians five questions, and don’t expect anything resembling straight answers.
For this installment we talked to L.A. TV regular Natasha Leggero, who has appeared on “Chelsea Lately,” “Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time,” “Ugly Americans,” “Reno 911!” and other shows in addition to serving as a judge on Season 7 of “Last Comic Standing.”
Leggero’s act often hinges on the guise of an aloof L.A. princess — the perfect persona to indict the most bloated, superficial aspects of our culture. It’s what makes her brand of comedy so ripe for dissection, but it’s also just plain fun, allowing audiences to feel OK guffawing about any number of potentially unsavory and taboo topics.
We talked to Leggero shortly after she taped her first Comedy Central special in New York, and shortly before her return to Denver, where she’ll record her first Comedy Central stand-up album.
What’s the most ridiculous message you’ve received on Facebook from someone you didn’t know?
“I’d like to pee in your butt.”
Do you read your own reviews? What was one of the best/worst?
I love reading YouTube comments — you’re no one until a bunch of people who can’t spell are arguing about how dumb you are. “ok ima drop it lik dis, u can believ what u wnt to budd dont go in disrespect whadd people lik… dhis bitch is dumb”
What are some things you never travel without?
Eyeliner and my chihuahua.
Who are your favorite contemporary comics?
Tim and Eric, Reggie Watts, Tig Notaro, Zach Galifinakis, Louis C.K., Todd Barry.
What do you least look forward to about being on the road?
Getting shouted at to take out my liquids.
Tickets for Natasha Leggero’s Thursday, Nov. 18-Saturday, Nov. 20 shows at Comedy Works are $14-$22.
John Wenzel is an executive editor of Reverb and an award-winning A&E reporter for The Denver Post. He is the author of “Mock Stars: Indie Comedy and the Dangerously Funny” (Speck Press/Fulcrum) and maintains a Twitter feed of completely random song titles and band names.