Entries in Nate Bargatze (2)

Monday
Oct032016

Natasha Leggero at #JFL42

What can you expect from Natasha Leggero?  At her headline show at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for JFL42 she delivered the irreverent, outrageous show we'd hoped for.  Along with her she brought the incredible Nate Bargatze, and unexpectedly though unsurprisingly Moshe Kasher.  Bargatze delivered a unique version of the material he'd performed in his own headliner sets earlier in the week.  It was a testament to his skill to adapt and still win over the audience.

Kasher is so quick chances are you'll miss a bit of what he does, no matter how closely you watch.  He's a prime example of what we love most about stand up comedy, he's bringing real issues in our world to the conversation but in a way that is disarming and thought provoking.  The outspoken comedian treads into some territory that bordered on offensive for some of the Toronto audience, but the fact is he's addressing bigotry certainly not participating in it.  He brings a pronounced physical energy to his set, making it emphatic in a way that is a perfect compliment to Bargatze's laidback style. 

We'd been looking forward to this show for some time, but really weren't sure what to expect.  As tough as it must be with such a large audience, she lets us into her personal life and shares what a new experience getting married has been.  An interesting highlight came when she discussed meeting a long time female friend of Kasher's and the competitiveness that ensued.  The free form discussion of a real life situation that is largely relatable (we're not all travelling comedians) helped the audience connect to Leggero.

Then there were those moments where they turned ice cold.  A couple of times as Leggero delivered outrageous lines, cutting in their wit and landing close to home, she drew gasps from the audience rather than laughter.  This came as a surprise for us, after following her career we expected even more.  To close out the show, Kasher returned to the stage and he and Leggero invited a couple onstage.  The newlyweds offered up some advice for the couple from the audience, a very endearing moment serving as the finale for an unpredictable, exciting show.

Sunday
Oct022016

Nate Bargatze at #JFL42

Nate Bargatze takes the stage and has an instantly disarming presence, no matter the venue.  Within moments his stories seem like they're coming from an old friend.  It's not exactly obvious but part way through the show we realize this is a big part of Bargatze's mastery of the craft.  With such casual ease he performs material that makes it feel like he isn't performing at all. 

The Royal Theatre hosted his headlining performance, and along with him came opener Sarah Tiana.  Her energetic show was a perfect compliment to Bargatze.  She had the audience losing their minds within minutes and set up a brilliant long form set.  Later in the week Nate performed at the Queen Elizabeth theatre opening for Natasha Leggero.  It was incredible to witness his ability to tailor the material to a different audience and setting. 

He lets us into his world, and has no fear in admitting how much he loves Wal-Mart.  Bargatze puts a brilliant shine on everyday life, and keeps you thinking outside your own experience.  He's never loud or outrageous, he'll ease you into a new idea and surprise you everytime.  The Nashville upbringing and laidback attitude seemed to make him a favourite with Toronto audiences.  Impeccable timing and a politely subversive perspective make him a legend, because he makes it looks so easy.