Comedian and Rockford native Natasha Leggero brings her quick wit to The Hideout.
Natasha Leggero believes men are no longer necessary. It’s a conclusion that the Rockford native has reached after 10 years as a touring comedian. “I feel like more and more, I want a wife,” Leggero says. “I talk to men who are in the same situation as me, comedians on tour, and they have children and they get everything done. I’m like, ‘Do you have an assistant?’ They’re like, ‘No, I have a wife.’ The idea that you’re supposed to be a woman and have children and tour is almost impossible.”
That tongue-in-cheek viewpoint is just one of many that Leggero will share when she comes to The Hideout Jan. 18 for the Tomorrow Never Knows festival. The sharp-tongued comedian has built her career around spouting similarly uncomfortable truths from behind her more-glamorous-than-thou stage persona — she often cracks jokes about her love of fur and diamonds while simultaneously tackling everything from rappers’ lack of originality to oil spills. Her unique point of view has landed Leggero Comedy Central specials, roles in films like “Betas” and “He’s Just Not That Into You” and frequent guest spots on friend Chelsea Handler’s show, “Chelsea Lately.” But Leggero’s act is just that — in real life, she’s charming and polite, talking about rushing her dogs to vet rather than reality stars and drug addicts.
While her off-color comedy has earned her a slew of loyal fans (and 236,000 Twitter followers), it’s also had her courting controversy. Leggero recently made national headlines after a joke she made about World War II veterans caused an Internet uproar. Afterward, Leggero issued a comedic non-apology, urging people to donate to nonprofits that help veterans rather than lash out via social media. And in typically fearless fashion, she defended her right to make light. “Sorry, I have more respect for veterans than to think their honor can be impugned by a glamorous, charming comedian in a fur hat,” she wrote on her blog, Natashaleggero.tumblr.com.
Leggero’s dry, self-aware wit is continuing to grab attention: In addition to a new Comedy Central special in the works, she’s staying busy with spots on the ABC sitcom “Suburgatory” and her web series, “Tubbin’ with Tash,” where she chats with comedians in a hot tub. “[I’ll keep it going] if I can keep finding comedians willing to take their tops off,” she jokes. “They all have the same body type: skinny-fat. Depends what you’re attracted to. I’ve never been attracted to symmetry.”
Here, the Illinois-born comedian comes back to Chicago for a funny Sunday.
See Leggero live at The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia) Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. For tickets, $20, visit Hideoutchicago.com.
When she’s in town, Leggero loves to stay at the W Lakeshore (644 N. Lake Shore).
The comedian grabs a south-of-the-border bite at Big Star (1531 N. Damen).
On her perfect day, the sun is shining, and Leggero takes a walk around Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N. Clark). She especially enjoys the bird sanctuary.
The always-stylish Leggero indulges in some vintage retail therapy at Randolph Street Market (1350 W. Randolph).
She stops for a low-key dinner at Pizzeria Uno (29 E. Ohio), joking that it lets her relive her Italian youth.
Leggero heads to the French-inspired Bavette’s Bar & Bouef (218 W. Kinzie) for a nightcap.