“I don’t think women are funny either ma’am…” – Natasha Legerro
Women, especially attractive women, have their work cut out of them in Stand Up. Legitimate or not this stigma haunts “lady comics”. Despite referencing that in her own routine, there are very few women who dispense with that misguided idea so effectively, and as QUICKLY as Natasha Leggero. Her latest Album “Coke Money” which has been released on Comedy Central Records is really a tour de force for the young comedienne.
Just as in her live show, Legerro fluctuates between her normal speaking voice, a posh rich debutant persona and bouts of surprisingly amazing singing. What’s strange is that this all blends effectively and seamlessly without throwing you from your listening experience. If anything, these different personas make her “real voice” seem a little more valuable, like it's telling you secrets. And when she drops back into it to riff with the audience, those jokes pack more punch.
The album’s first seven tracks represent most of Legerro’s “core set” that she’s been developing for a few years here in Hollywood, and it's clearly the most developed. These seven tracks are probably the most consistent pieces I have had the pleasure to listen to in years. The topics range from diamonds, music, sex, service workers, and of course “toilet babies,” which could easily have been the name of the album.
I would highly recommend this album, its well worth a download from ITunes and a late night listen while you’re drunk, or sober… I guess that parts up to you. If anything, you should own this album just so you have a counter example to so many “lady comics” who tread and retread the same tired old jokes. You won’t find a shred of the trite old standards here. Instead it’s a comedic feast of innovative comedy, surprisingly good impressions, and even more amazing singing (briefly).
NOTE: This album was expertly recorded, especially the audience, listen with headphones on for that “I was there” experience including every commenting drunk and strange voiced agreement from the front row.