Want to hear "Weird Al" Yankovic describe the '80s in gasps and animal noises? Ever wonder if Sarah Silverman would grow out her pubic hair -- if the love of her life asked her to?
So does comedian Natasha Leggero, and she's not afraid to ask. On her new web faux talk show, Tubbin' With Tash, Leggerro's gold-spangled, coke-snorting alter ego interviews comedy celebs about whatever the hell she feels like ... in a hot tub.
In addition to the raunchy banter between the scantily clad Leggero and her guests, there is the fanciful collection of characters who drop by -- like an R-Rated Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. There's handwriting analyst neighbor Bart Baggett, Jules the Gardner (Fred Armisen) and Pig Bottom (Moshe Kasher), Leggero's earnest and proudly hairy man-slave.
"My husband died, and with the $4,000 I got from his death I went to the We Be Tubbin' superstore in Pacoima, and Pig Bottom [aka Paul Bottoms] sold me the tub," Leggero says of Pig Bottom's (fictional) backstory on the show. "We had such an instant connection that he decided to leave his wife and kids and move to Hollywood and become my slave."
The show is produced by JASH, a YouTube channel created by comedy powerhouses Michael Cera, Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. "Natasha (and Moshe) are favorites of partner Sarah Silverman and us," says executive producer Daniel Kellison, who also created Comedy Central's Crank Yankers and The Man Show. "They fit what we look for [at JASH], too -- strong personalities with unique comedic voices. No one else like them on the planet."
The Tangled Web We Watch is our column on what's worth watching online. Watch all of Tubbin With Tash on Natasha Leggero's YouTube Channel (bit.ly/laweeklynatasha). Read Stephanie Carrie's full interview with Natasha Leggero on her blog, tangledwebwewatch.com.
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