Comedian and matchmaker in satin heels

Jessica Mangili

Natasha Leggero made a stop by Sacramento State Sept. 11 before heading out to Las Vegas to co-headline the first weekend of the all-female “Lipshtick” comedy series at The Venetian.

The confident comic sauntered on stage with one arm placed on her hip and commanded the room of nearly 900 people in her satin black heels.

Student Melissa Martinez camped out in front of the University Ballroom an hour before the show with friends. Leggero’s time on “Chelsea Lately” made Martinez a fan from the start.

“I used to watch Chelsea every day,” Martinez said. “It’s like my church, like, I love [Leggero].”

It is no surprise why women love the comic diva so much. Her pistol performance and aristocratic tendencies—at times flirting with the audience in a southern drawl—radiate female empowerment.

But men are just as drawn to Leggero’s sense of comic timing.

Criminal justice major Nick Sober came for the free show but has been impressed by Leggero’s work off-stage.

“I saw her in ‘Let’s Be Cops’,” Sober said. “She was funny in that.”

Kathleen O’Callaghan, a speech and language pathology major, said she is a huge fan of stand-up comedy in general, but female comics have an edge.

“Girl comics are a little more raunchy than men,” O’Callaghan said. “It gets x-rated within like two seconds.”

O’Callaghan blushes sometimes at the uncensored material, but said Leggero’s comedy in particular is hilarious.

Leggero delivered just the right amout of raunchy for student Briane Odom. She was impressed the show kept the uncensored material given the audience age ranges and especially appreciated Leggero’s interaction with the room.

The comic in heels posed for one student’s cell phone pictures on stage, and even pulled up two students from the audience to play matchmaker.

Leggero took criminal justice major Cydney Byrd,18, from the front row and “auctioned” her off to a willing audience member. Criminal justice major Peter Isaid, 21, volunteered to be her match.

“I just wanted to go up there and let [Leggero] have some fun with me,” Isaid said.

Leggero even called Applebee’s on Arden Way live from the stage to set up a romantic date for Byrd and Isaid after the show.

After excusing the new “couple,” the sassy stand-up queen shared one last story before tipping a mock top-hat and side-stepping off stage with a flourish.

Although the show was only 45 minutes, students agreed that nothing beats a free laugh on a school night.