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He’s got a critically adored series on FX, Louie, he turned the comedy business upside down by making and selling his own monster-hit online special, he’s done a hugely successful tour sold through his own website and he’s just about to be on the cover of Rolling Stone.
Look at him. Listen to him. He’s an unlikely It guy of comedy. Mid-forties, balding and permanently rumpled, there’s nothing in the least showbiz about his appearance and presence.
So, why is Louis C.K. the iconic comedian of the moment? In part, because everything about him is a riposte to popular culture’s insistence on the specialness of the new, the young, the shiny and the callow. He’s the anti-cute, anti-shallow guy.
His charisma and his comedy are rooted in a weary-but-optimistic view of the world. On Louie and in his stand-up, he talks about his divorce, his kids and worrying about his aches and pains. He’s funny about it all, often shockingly blunt about sex and women. To some, unwise to his charm, he’s merely selling offensive jokes. But there’s depth beneath the veneer of bluntness and swearing.
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Maz Jobrani is an actor and comedian who starred on the Axis of Evil Middle East Comedy Tour, a groundbreaking tour of the US and Middle Eastern countries, where it sold out 27 shows in Dubai, Beirut, Cairo, Kuwait and Amman. The Axis of Evil Comedy Central Special premiered in 2007 as, arguably, the first show on American TV with an all-Middle Eastern/American cast. In 2009 Jobrani performed in his first solo world tour, called Maz Jobrani: Brown and Friendly, and is currently following up this tour with a second, titled Browner and Friendlier.
Jobrani’s comedy pulls from his background as an Iran-born kid raised in Northern California. He pokes fun at cultural stereotypes of all kinds — starting with the stereotype that Middle Eastern actors can only play a few kinds of roles in Hollywood. He’s been working to develop rich characters in a variety of TV shows and films. His next project: Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, described as a cross between a Middle Eastern Pink Panther and Bend It Like Beckham.
“Maz Jobrani is one of the sharpest wits on this continent and for that matter, on many others too. He can root out the humor in just about any subject or situation.”
Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette
Leggero began performing at age 10, in several Chicago plays. After graduating from high school, she moved to New York City to study at the Stella Adler Conservatory. While there, she also attended Hunter College and received her B.A. in theater criticism. She moved to Los Angeles shortly after graduation and started dating fellow comedian Ari Shaffir.
Her stand-up television appearances include performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Last Call with Carson Daly, and she has appeared on multiple Comedy Central stand-up programs, including the animated show Ugly Americans, where she voices Callie Maggotbone.
Leggero shot an unaired pilot called, The Strip, for NBC, with Tom Lennon and Ben Garant from Reno 911! She was a judge, alongside Andy Kindler and Greg Giraldo, on the 2010 season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, hosted by Craig Robinson. Leggero played Emma in NBC’s 2011 sitcom Free Agents. From 2010 to January 2012, Leggero co-hosted The Lavender Hour podcast with her boyfriend at the time—comedian Duncan Trussell.
On February 17, 2012, she appeared on the Adam Carolla Show.
In 2012, Leggero began being featured in episodes of NBC’s Are You There, Chelsea? as Nikki, Rick the bar manager’s ex-girlfriend. Leggero was featured in every first-season episode starting with the second episode, “Sloane’s Ex.” Also in 2012 she played the sex obsessed Haley in the web series Burning Love, a spoof of the TV series The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.
- Comedian Natasha Leggero chuckles with the Real Milwaukee team (realmilwaukeenow.com)