Natasha Leggero is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She is best known for her role as a comedian in various TV shows. Born in a middle class family, Leggero had a difficult life during her early years. She struggled with several odd jobs, before getting into the field of theatres and acting. Leggero shot to fame with the reality show, ‘MTV’s The 70s House.’ In the show, Leggero played the host, ‘Dawn.’ Following this, Leggero grabbed several other roles as a host, or comedian. She was one of the panelists on Chelsea Handler’s late-night talk show, ‘Chelsea Lately.’ Leggero has excellent comic timings, which helped in her stand-up comedy appearances in TV shows such as ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,’ ‘Last Call with Carlson Daly,’ and ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.’ Leggero lent her voice for the character, ‘Callie Maggotbone,’ in the animated series, ‘Ugly Americans.’ She was the judge of the reality TV show, ‘Last Comic Standing.’ Natasha Leggero participated in several episodes of the TV show, ‘Comedy Central Roasts,’ where she was one of the ‘Roasters.’ She participated in episodes of celebrities such as James Franco and Justin Bieber. Leggero was the co-host of the podcast show, ‘The Lavender Hour.’ She has a web presence also, with shows such as ‘Burning Love,’ and ‘Tubbin’ with Tash.’ Leggero has made a mark with her observational comedy, and her use of heavy costumes.
Childhood & Early Life
Natasha Leggero was born on March 26, 1974, in Rockford, Illinois. She has Swedish and Italian ancestries. Though Leggero was raised as a Roman Catholic, she converted to Judaism when she grew up.
Leggero hails from a lower middleclass family. Her father was a dealer of used cars, and her mother was a book-keeper in a shop. Leggero’s parents divorced when she was quite young. This brought more difficulties for the family. As a teenager, Leggero worked in grocery shops and supplied newspapers to earn a living.
Leggero attended the ‘Rockford East High School,’ for her early education. Later, she attended the ‘Illinois State University.’ Leggero auditioned for the theater program at the ‘Stella Adler Conservatory,’ and was admitted to the program. She spent two years at the conservatory. In 2000, Leggero graduated from the ‘Hunter College,’ in New York, with a ‘B.A’ in Theater Criticism.
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In 2004, Leggero was offered a part in the reality TV show, ‘The Joe Schmo Show.’ She appeared in two episodes of the show, as ‘Rita, The Drunk.’ In 2005, Leggero grabbed the role that brought her to limelight. She played the role of the host, ‘Dawn,’ in the reality TV show, ‘MTV’s The 70s House.’ In the show, the participants were kept in an environment similar to the 1970s, where they were not allowed to use the gadgets and gizmos. Leggero was the host who acted as a medium of communication between the contestants, and ‘Oscar,’ the organizer of the show. Leggero’s high-spirited performance in the show received immense appreciation.
In 2005, Leggero appeared in the show, ‘Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson.’ In the same year, she was seen in a few episodes of the comedy show, ‘Reno 911!’ It was aired on the ‘Comedy Central’ channel. In the same year, she made an appearance in the stand-up comedy series, ‘Premium Blend.’
In 2008, Leggero was selected as one of the guest panelists in the late-night TV show, ‘Chelsea Lately.’ It was a comedy show hosted by the comedian, Chelsea Handler. Leggero was one of the roundtable panelists who held discussions with Chelsea Handler. She appeared in several episodes between 2008 and 2014.
In 2008, Leggero lent her voice for the animated series, ‘Supernews!’ It was a satirical show aired on the ‘Current TV’ channel. In the show, Leggero imitated the voices of celebrities such as Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. In 2009, she played the part of ‘Amber Gnech,’ in the movie, ‘He’s Just Not That Into You.’
In 2009, Leggero was chosen as the commentator of the TV show, ‘The Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Dumbest…’ She performed stand-up comedy in various shows such as ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,’ ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,’ and ‘Last Call with Carlson Daly.’
In 2010, Leggero lent her voice for the character, ‘Callie Maggotbone,’ in the animated series, ‘Ugly Americans.’ It was an adult series about the life of a social worker trapped in a world inhabited by demons and similar creatures. ‘Callie’ was a half-human and half-devil, and was the superior of the lead character.
In 2010, Natasha Leggero made an appearance as one of the judges in the reality show, ‘Last Comic Standing.’ It was a highly popular talent search show aired on the ‘NBC’ channel. The aim of the show was to find the best comedian among the participants. Leggero was the judge of Season 7 of the series.
From 2010 to 2012, Leggero was the co-host of the podcast show, ‘The Lavender Hour.’ Comedian Duncan Trussel was her co-host in the show. In 2011, Leggero was cast in the American sitcom, ‘Free Agents.’ It was a comic series based on the British series of the same name. In the series, Leggero portrayed ‘Emma Parker.’
In 2012, Leggero made an appearance in the sitcom, ‘Are You There, Chelsea?’ She played the recurring character, ‘Nikki Natoli.’ She was also part of several web series such as ‘Burning Love,’ and ‘Escape My Life.’ She was part of the series, ‘Comedy Central Roasts.’ Leggero was one of the roasters of the episodes where James Franco and Justin Bieber were roasted.
In 2013, Natasha Leggero started the series, ‘Tubbin’ with Tash,’ on her ‘YouTube’ channel. The show is about Leggero interviewing guests while in a hot tub. In 2015, Leggero and Riki Lindhome created the sitcom, ‘Another Period.’ It was telecast on the ‘Comedy Central’ channel. Leggero and Lindhome were the lead actors of the series. They portrayed two sisters, ‘Lilian’ and ‘Beatrice,’ who were always concerned about their appearances.
Family & Personal Life
Natasha Leggero was in a relation with Duncan Trussell, her co-host in ‘The Lavender Hour.’ The couple soon parted ways. In 2015, Leggero married comedian, Moshe Kasher. In February 2018, she gave birth to her first child. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
In December 2013, Leggero was involved in a controversy about her comments. In response to a tweet posted by ‘SpaghettiOs’ on the anniversary of the ‘Pearl Harbor Attack,’ Leggero commented, “It sucks that the only survivors of Pearl Harbor are being mocked by the only food they can still chew.” Many people viewed this comment as an insult to the survivors of the attack.
Natasha Leggero is well-known for her elegant way of dressing. While most comedians try to adopt a casual style of dressing, Leggero maintains a formal style.