Thune and Leggero bring well-developed unique
onstage characters to Comix shows.
weekend’s headliners at Comix, Nick Thune and Natasha Leggero, each
bring something unique to the stand-up stage.
Leggero takes on a warped Holly Golightly persona, wearing long white
gloves and a cocktail dress, but enthusiastically illustrating her
material, such as the stupidity of women appearing on the Learning
Channel show “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant,” rearing back and making a
She definitely loves to go for subject matter in stark contrast with
that appearance, as well. Her half-hour performance included a stretch
about an obnoxious radio DJ from her hometown and his theories on
dating, all around getting women drunk and spending as little as
possible on dinner. She impersonated the DJ in what sounded like a Long
Island accent, again with broad physical gestures.
Along with numerous guest appearances on cable and network sitcoms,
Leggero is a regular panelist on Chelsea Handler’s show, and her style
definitely fits in there. What she presents is a unique tabloid magazine
or celebrity culture inspired performing style that stands out.
Nick Thune proves to be a much different kind of performer than one
would expect from his publicity photo, an open-mouthed scream with
unkempt hair flying everywhere. Onstage, he’s low key, accompanying
himself with an acoustic guitar and evidently heavily inspired by Zach
Galifianakis and Demetri Martin in the tone and style of his jokes.
Thune does put just enough of his own spin on his material to have a
distinctive persona though. His surrealism does not go as far as
Galifianakis does, though. His best bit did require a little more
thought, however, with a long set up of musing about how tough it is to
do a backflip, leading to a story about getting a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to be a hero if he could do one.
Together, Thune and Leggero were a contrasting pairing that you wouldn’t
think would have a lot in common, but their styles and tone complemented
each other’s in succession.