Natasha Leggero exudes elegance, clearly. The comedian and actor will be bringing glamor and more to Comedy Central soon with her new series, Another Period, she created with Garfunkel and Oates’ Riki Lindhome. We had the opportunity to chat with Leggero before she departs for Las Vegas to headline Lipshtick at the Venetian. Check it out.
You have a new show coming up on Comedy Central called Another Period that you’re starring in. Can you tell us a little more about the show?
It’s kind of like Keeping Up With The Kardashians meets Downton Abbey, I guess. Riki Lindhome and I play these rich and sort of tacky heiresses who are just trying to get into society and become famous, which is hard in 1902 because there’s no TV or media. If the Kardashians were alive then, how would they get famous? It’s hard.
Have you started production on it?
We’re starting shooting very soon!
You were also recently on IFC’s Garfunkel and Oates, do you collaborate a lot with Riki Lindhome?
We’ve been working on this for a couple of years, but it’s the first we’ve collaborated.
You often play characters who are the drunk or the hot mess of the show (Reno 911, Burning Love). Is there a type of character that you haven’t played yet that you’ve always wanted to try?
Basically what I’m playing now, which is a period piece. I do have an affinity for period stuff and I love it. I definitely long for a different time, so the role is fun. This girl that I’m playing now is more formal, but still pretty tacky.
She’s what the Kardashians think they are.
Yeah. The idea that fame is just a result of media is flawed. That instinct to want everyone to look at you has always existed.
Its taken a little while to bring this to fruition. Is this a passion project of yours?
Yeah, we made the pilot and things always take a while. It’s taken a pretty good amount of time.
It is picked up for a series, correct?
Yeah! We’re shooting it with Jeremy Konner directing. He did Drunk History, and he’s also been writing the new show with us.
Did you meet him when doing your episode of Drunk History?
No, I’ve known him and we brought him on board a long time ago. He directed the pilot and now he’s there all season with us.
I really enjoyed your web series, Tubbin’ With Tash.
I know, I’ve got to do more, people love that!
Definitely have to do more! Is it coming back?
It’s not about coming back. They always want me to do more, but I’ve been busy, so I haven’t been able to.
Sounds like a good excuse to get back into a hot tub for a while.
Exactly. I’ll definitely do more as soon as we’re done shooting Another Period.
This weekend you’re going to be in Vegas. Have you done stand-up in Vegas before?
Yeah! I’ve done the Playboy stuff, I’ve done a lot.
What are the crowds like in Vegas? I imagine it’s much different since it’s probably a collection of tourists from all over.
It is like performing at the cross-section of the world. You get people from everywhere.
You’re co-headlining with Jen Kirkman. I guess solo headlining serves the ego, but the idea of co-headlining with another really good comedian sounds to me like a more fun show to do.
I love it. It is more fun, because Jen and I are friends, and you’re not alone in Vegas.
Well thank you for your time.
Follow Natasha Leggero on Twitter at @natashaleggero. If you’re in Las Vegas, you can purchase tickets to see Leggero and Jen Kirkman Friday 9/12 and Saturday 9/13 at Lipshtick at the Venetian, here. Check out her web-series Tubbin’ with Tash, here.