Stand-up comedians will tell you that one of the most difficult parts of the job is the time spent traveling alone. That is, of course, until you find someone willing to do the traveling with you. Cue Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero — the married couple behind the new Netflix show, “The Honeymoon Stand Up Special.”
The special consists of three episodes: the first features a solo set by Leggero; Kasher takes his turn in the second episode. The third part has the duo inviting other couples onto the stage for some impromptu "relationship counseling" that culminates in a tag-team roast.
John Horn sat down with Kasher and Leggero to talk about their new special, and about their lives as a couple, as parents and as comedians.
On the decision to tour together as a couple:
Moshe: Here’s the thing about being a stand-up comedian that a lot of people don’t understand: being on the road can be one of the loneliest jobs. So, we decided, OK, two comedians get married — it takes away the inherent loneliness of the road if we can go on the road together. We said we were going to all of the most beautiful destinations in the western United States — and also Albuquerque [laughs].
On their special and the idea of the "couple's roast":
Moshe: We did the East Coast leg and it ended in Montreal. And there were people from Netflix there who saw the show and they were like, Well, this is a special. The fun part in the third episode is called the "couple’s roast," which is where we bring couples from out of the audience and we kind of do relationship counseling. But because we’re really comedians, what we do is make fun of them. And it’s a lot of fun.
On whether or not there are off-limits topics in their routines:
Natasha: One of the reasons why I fell in love with Moshe is that he told me early on, Oh, I don’t care about any of that, you can always talk about anything.
Moshe: That is the price of admission when you’re married to a comedian. They get to use your life as fodder for comedy, definitely.
Natasha: I am still looking for something that might make you mad though. Can I make fun of your mom on stage?