KAABOO Del Mar is chock-full of talented humans, but one woman who stands out in the crowd is comedian Natasha Leggero. The veteran comedian-turned-actress is in the middle of the second season of her popular television show, “Another Period,” on the Comedy Central cable channel. Upon her return from Burning Man, DiscoverSD had the chance to catch up with Leggero and talk about her upcoming visit to San Diego.
Q: Have you spent much time in San Diego before?
A: Yes, I come to San Diego every year; mostly I play the American Comedy Co. I love that place.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about San Diego?
A: The burritos at Los Dos Pedros in Pacific Beach. Amazing.
Q: The KAABOO festival is turning into San Diego’s premier entertainment event. Have you been to the festival before?
A: No, I’m excited to check it out, and I’ve never been to a festival with a chef lineup.
Q: Is there a certain band you hope to watch at the festival?
A: Yes! The Avett Brothers are really good!
Q: How much of your comedy is based on things that have really happened to you? Did you really work the phones once at an Australian brothel?
A: Yes, unfortunately things have to happen to me in order to write about it. And yes, I was abducted by a con artist! It’s a long and crazy story but yes, one of the many jobs I had ... was answering phones in a brothel in Australia.
Q: Your successful show, “Another Period” on Comedy Central has just started its second season. Was this your first time being the producer of a show?
A: Yes! It was also the first time as a writer, a star and as the person who runs the whole show. Riki Lindhome and I do it all together, and I don’t know how people do it without a partner.
Q: Do you have any advice to young San Diego comedians trying to break into comedy via open mic-night at the Comedy Store and other venues in town?
A: Keep going up on stage and try to wait as long as possible before you do any kind of standup routine on TV. Why does everyone want you to watch his or her first YouTube set? Anyway, I’d recommend that they try to bomb for a couple years, then they might get good enough to take the next step. Struggling is important to the craft.
Q: Do you have any upcoming tours or specials coming up?
A: I’m focusing on “Another Period” and my dogs right now.
When: 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18
Where: Humor Me Stage
As a lifelong San Diegan, Ken Lewis has surfing and ocean life in his DNA. A 30-year surfer himself, Lewis has worked in the surf and skate industry for most of his career.