Between the clubs and the stage, TV and podcasts, streaming services and the internet in general, the world of standup comedy is overpopulated, like Times Square on New Year’s Eve (or Times Squares at any time). With the market having reached its saturation point years ago, it can be difficult, if not plain impossible, to cultivate a persona that stands out in the crowd. But that has proved to be no problem at all for Nikki Glaser, one of the funniest and most popular comedians working today.
Her four-show run at The Comedy Zone this weekend offers fans a chance to take a deep-dive into the mind of a deep-thinker. But her set is not for the faint of heart, because she can be downright ribald, if not indeed raunchy. Well, yeah, indeed–raunchy.
Nikki Glaser was born in Cincinnati in June 1984, matriculating as a Kansas Jayhawk before starting out in standup about 15 years ago. She made her bones on the club circuit for years, while turning up on various cult television shows like Red Eye, Adam Ruins Everything, Inside Amy Schumer and It’s On with Alexa Chung. She got to roast Rob Lowe and Bruce Willis, and she’s even been on The View, which you really need to see.
Glaser’s initial two forays into TV show hosting have been short-lived, but highly influential, in their own special way. The first was MTV’s Nikki & Sara Live, which she co-hosted with fellow comic Sara Schaefer in 2013. (The two also hosted the podcast You Had to Be There from 2011 to 2014.) That show was more about plumbing the depths of celebrity fandom, and just indulging in the joys of their own newfound fame. That indulgence included one legendary segment with their mutual crush, good ol’ Justin Timberlake. The ensuing hilarity cannot fully be described in a family publication like this.
The second show–the one that really put her on the map–was Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, which was truly groundbreaking during its all-too brief run on Comedy Central in 2016. On that … More