As a female comedian, you can either buck the female stigma and deliver your best material, or you can embrace it and bitch slap the audience for forty minutes. I personally love a gal who picks the latter. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Ms. Natasha Leggero.
Coke Money is Natasha’s debut stand-up album, and boy is it a treat (see what I did there?) A comedian who’s been everywhere lately, and if you aren’t familiar you would instantly recognize her if you did a quick Google search.
Along with Greg Giraldo (RIP) and Andy Kindler, she was a celebrity judge for last season’s Last Comic Standing. She had a small role in the film He’s Just Not That Into You, made appearances on TV shows like Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time, Reno 911, Michael and Michael Have Issues, and most consistently as a correspondent on Chelsea Lately. Not to be drawn into stardom, Leggero would surely have the same jokes with or without her fame.
Leggero’s humor is snippy, yet still cute (is that sexist?) Although not the most offensive comedian, yet delightfully inappropriate, and just as funny as any of her peers. Don’t get her wrong, though, she’s far from polite, after all popular topics on Coke Money include toilet babies and rape. Very classy material.
Her jokes are often geared towards the everyday stupidities of people, you know, retail workers, reality stars, and rappers. Live, she often puts on her best silk gloves and dress to sell the debutante persona, one she sells flawlessly. It doesn’t take a long listen to the album to realized that bravado is the main tool in her box, as Leggero stays poised, never letting herself fall down the social hierarchy for a second. Natasha knows she looks good, and she knows she’s hilarious, and we’re all helpless. Laughing is the only real option here.
The album carries a lot of the same spunk as an episode of Chelsea Lately, except Natasha doesn’t quite embrace an overtly salacious persona. She’s much more of the dominant-type, swiftly kicking the shins of the world’s loose women. Natasha does it all on Coke Money, she’s sarcastic, she’s brutal, she even raps on the last track. That’s reason enough to check it out.