Comedy Matters: All’s Fair in Love and Comedy
 Alibi V.25 No.23 • June 9-15, 2016 

Comedy Matters

All’s Fair in Love and Comedy

A conversation with Kosher Kasher and Natty Leggs

Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher
It’s all Xanax and rose-tinted glasses for Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher.
Robin Von Swank

Scottish actress Rose Leslie once said, “The honeymoon phase always ends, for everyone.” It's a bleak reality that hovers silently around every couple but the sharp witted newlywed comedians, Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher, are on a quest to defy the limits of the honeymoon phase by embarking on a whirlwind stand-up tour of America's greatest destinations. Their Honeymoon Tour, which they both headline, started off in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 22 and will finish up in Austin, Texas on June 17. The couple will be gracing Albuquerque with a performance at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW) on June 14. Between all their “just married sex” and travel adventures, they took some time to speak with the Alibi over the phone about their new endeavors, dating in the comedy scene and chasing that “first-time feeling.”

Alibi: Congratulations on doing the marriage thing! For this Honeymoon Tour you said that you wanted to go to destination spots. Why Albuquerque? You know that New Mexico is in the US right?

Leggero: Well, honestly I asked for Santa Fe, but...

Oh no! Gross.

Kasher: No, no, that is not true. We asked for Albuquerque because we love Albuquerque, and it does help that [it] has venues of appropriate size. We feel that [Albuquerque] is surrounded by natural beauty.

Leggero: Also it's close to Santa Fe.

Santa Fe is the posh, old, rich, turquoise-wearing white ladies and Albuquerque is all the cool folks.

Kasher: Oh, well that’s what we like. We don’t want turquoise-wearing white ladies. We want the cool people.We want people willing to riot during a Trump rally.

So I have to ask the typical Albuquerque question: Red chile or green chile?

Leggero: I've never had either.

Kasher: But I would say red.

When I first started trying to do comedy, the other female comedians told me not to date other comics. Was there an exception to the rule with you two? How did you know it wouldn't mess with your career?

Kasher: Well, I went to the great counsel of the lady comics in the city of Meereen and I brought great bowls of frankincense and cinnamon and they deigned to allow it. Everybody’s horny—isn’t that truly the human origin story, we were all horny so we traveled across the Bering Strait to try to fuck each other?

Leggero: I think that dating other comics is fun when you're a comedian because they understand your schedule and your jokes and your dark side ... we're like-minded in that way.

Kasher: Yeah, it’s like the old saying goes: There's no pussy like show pussy.

I was doing “extensive” research and looking at your Wiki pages and in the “personal life” section for both of you, all it says is that you're married to each other. Is it true that once you get married your personal life dies?

Kasher: Oh no ...

Leggero: That makes me think we just need to accomplish more.

Kasher: I actually have a lot of secrets. A lot of stuff that’s very personal that Natasha doesn’t know about but I can’t really go into it right now if you know what I'm saying.

Moshe, a few years ago you wrote your autobiography, Kasher in the Rye. What compelled you to write it? You're not that old. What if other exciting things happen to you in the future? Are you going to have to write another book?

Kasher: Yeah that's called: Stack. That. Money. That's my plan where I make an untold fortune through the publishing industry which is on fire right now.

Is it weird to write a book about yourself? Did you feel a little vain or biased?

Kasher: Not really. I'm a genius so why would I feel vain? But speaking of Santa Fe, I once met George R.R. Martin at a comic con and I told him I was writing a book and he laughed and said, “What are you, seven?” … So anyway, thats why we're doing our show in Albuquerque instead of Santa Fe, to avoid another awkward interaction with George R.R. Martin. I compacted a lot of life into my first 15 years—a book-worthy amount of life I would say, and now ... I bet it’ll take me more than 15 years to compile enough memories to make a compelling second book. But I'm working on it.

Natasha, I started watching your new show, “Another Period” on Comedy Central, and I love it. Was there any weird research that you had to do to get ready for that? Was it easy for you to play that character because of your comedy persona?

Leggero: The character is easy, the research is hard. Well not hard but … involved. …We went to Newport, R.I. and did a lot of research. A lot of the stuff is real. I think in the third episode there's a beauty pageant and its between a human, a baby and a cabbage and … it [illustrates] the idea ... [that] to judge beauty [is] very gauche but to judge lettuce [is] cool.

What was your first time on stage like?

Leggero: My first time was still the best performance I've ever had, and I've been trying to recapture that magic for about 15 years. But also I remember my hairdresser had given me half of a Xanax so ... I think why mine was so great was because I couldn't believe they were laughing—I wasn't expecting it at all—I was kind of doing it as an exercise and the audience was … laughing at everything I said so I was just basking in the laughter each time it came and it just felt like waves rolling over me, although that was probably the Xanax.

Kasher: Yeah comedy feels like your limbs are heavy and you just want to sleep, but like you know, comedy.

Leggero: It's never felt that good again. I should get a prescription for Xanax.