Natasha Leggero: Live at Bimbo’s

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Natasha Leggero: Live at Bimbo's

My appreciation for Natasha Leggero has come a long way since I first listened to Coke Money. Or, more accurately, since I first tried to listen to Coke Money. I didn’t “get” the Natasha Leggero character. I didn’t give the album a fair shot and haven’t returned.

I think it’s about time I gave it another shot. Leggero’s new special, Live at Bimbo’s — or, as she wanted to call it, Diamond Pussy — is a great hour of stand-up. Since I first gave Coke Money a shot, I’ve seen Leggero in countless things I love; Another Period, Tubbin’ with Tash, Burning Love, and countless guest appearances elsewhere. I know I’ll love Coke Money the same way I love this hour, if only I gave it another shot.

I understand that tastes are subjective, especially in comedy, and doubly especially when it comes to stand-up. Natasha Leggero’s comedy isn’t for everyone; she’s abrasive and blunt and her character takes some getting used to. But Live at Bimbo’s is a great hour of comedy, and one you should give a chance.

Regardless of whether or not you give Live at Bimbo’s a shot, you owe it to yourself to watch the music video that Leggero opens her special with. It takes the delight of her “set” on The Meltdown — her performance of “I’m in Love with the Coco” — to another level. Skits preceding comedy hours can be hit or miss, but this one was a home run.

If you don’t love this video — which kicks off Natasha Leggero: Live at Bimbo’s — chances are good that you won’t love the special. That’s a good barometer for this hour. If you’re on board with this intro, though, it’s a safe bet that the full hour is worth your time.

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