Nikki Glaser

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Nikki Glaser
Nikki Glaser.jpg
Glaser performing in 2016
Birth nameNicole Rene Glaser
BornJune 1, 1984 (1984-06) (age 38)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Kansas (BA)
Years active2002–present
Notable works and rolesNot Safe with Nikki Glaser
Nikki & Sara Live
Blind Date
The Nikki Glaser Podcast

Nicole Rene Glaser (born June 1, 1984) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, podcast host, radio host, and television host. She was the host of the television series Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, which premiered on Comedy Central and Much on February 9, 2016. She is the star of the 2022 reality show Welcome Home Nikki Glaser? on E!.[1]

Early life[edit]

Glaser was born on June 1, 1984, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Julie E. (née Burke) and Edward J. Glaser.[2][3] She has one sibling, a younger sister named Lauren.[4] She has German and Irish ancestry.[2] Glaser spent most of her childhood in St. Louis, Missouri.[5] She graduated from Kirkwood High School and briefly attended the University of Colorado Boulder[6] before transferring to, and graduating from, the University of Kansas with a degree in English Literature.[7]


Stand-up comedy[edit]

Glaser started performing stand-up at the age of 18. Her first jokes were written in college. She recalled this in an interview with Rich Tupica in Revue magazine: "I remember it. I was a freshman in college and everyone in my dorm took over the cafeteria as like a study hall. I went in there and instead of studying I just looked at them, judged them and tried to think, 'What would Sarah Silverman say about these people?' I didn't know how to write jokes—I just knew the stand-ups I knew. I wrote from the perspective of my favorite stand-ups because I didn't know what my perspective was yet."[8]

Since then, Glaser performed stand-up on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, and two seasons of the reality series Last Comic Standing.[9]

Her first feature stand-up special, Perfect, was on Comedy Central on April 9, 2016. Her second special, Bangin', premiered on Netflix on October 1, 2019.

Podcast and radio[edit]

From 2011 to 2014, Glaser hosted a podcast with comedian Sara Schaefer called You Had To Be There.[7]

In July 2013, Glaser performed on the radio show The Debaters, debating the 'Early to Bed' adage.[10]

In March 2015, Glaser appeared on Giant Bomb's life-advice podcast, Danswers, talking about subjects such as her experience with co-host Dan Ryckert at college.[11]

Glaser co-hosted the podcast We Know Nothing with comedian Phil Hanley and roommate/musician Anya Marina. We Know Nothing is a humorous relationship-based podcast that takes calls from listeners and attempts to give them love advice.[9]

From January to October 2016, she hosted the companion podcast to her Comedy Central show Not Safe with Dan St. Germain and Brian Frange. Each episode they discussed sex and relationship issues as well as apples.[12]

In February 2018, Glaser began hosting You Up? With Nikki Glaser, aired on Sirius XM's Comedy Central Radio.[13] The show was dropped by Sirius XM on May 7, 2020, and continued as a podcast until its final episode on October 2, 2020.[14] Beginning in 2018, Glaser hosted multiple shows on Sirius XM channel 38 and on the Pop music channel 314.

Throughout 2018 and 2019, Glaser appeared on the Howard Stern channels on Sirius XM, including the roast of Ronnie the Limo driver and as a guest on the wrap-up show. On September 24, 2019, she was the feature guest with Howard Stern for a full-length interview.

Glaser appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience on October 3, 2018; October 3, 2019; and August 20, 2020.[15]

The Nikki Glaser Podcast is hosted by Glaser and is co-hosted by fellow stand-up comedian Andrew Collin. The first episode released on March 22, 2021.[16]


On January 29, 2013, Nikki & Sara Live, a weekly television series hosted by Glaser and Schaefer, premiered on MTV.[17] The show was canceled on October 29, 2013, after two seasons.[18]

On April 19, 2013, Glaser appeared in the pilot episode of Those Who Can't, a television series originally created by Amazon Studios.[19] Glaser's character was replaced by Maria Thayer in 2015 when the series was picked up by TruTV.[20]

Glaser appeared on MTV shows such as Money from Strangers, Awkward. After Show. You're Welcome., and Failosophy.[21]

On June 2, 2015, Comedy Central approved a sex-themed talk show hosted by Glaser, titled Not Safe with Nikki Glaser. The show premiered on February 9, 2016.[22] The show was picked up by 4Music in the United Kingdom. The show was cancelled in November 2016.

On September 5, 2016, Glaser appeared on the Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe as a Roaster.[23] She appeared on the Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis on July 28, 2018.[24]

On September 12, 2018, Glaser was announced as one of the celebrities competing on season 27 of Dancing with the Stars. Her professional partner was Gleb Savchenko.[25] They were the first couple eliminated from the competition on September 25.

On February 6, 2019, Glaser appeared in the third episode of the third season of the celebrity rap-battle competition show Drop the Mic. She competed against fellow comedian Brad Williams, winning the battle.[26]

In November 2019, the dating show Blind Date was revived by Bravo, with Glaser as the new host.[27]

On July 30, 2020, Glaser appeared as a panelist on To Tell the Truth along with co-panelists Joel McHale, Oliver Hudson, and Vivica A. Fox. This was one of her eleven appearances on the show from 2017 through 2021.

Glaser is the host of the HBO Max dating reality television series FBOY Island, which first aired on July 29, 2021.


Glaser played a small role in Henry Phillips' 2009 film Punching the Clown.[28] She also appeared as herself in Jordan Brady's 2010 documentary I Am Comic[29] and its 2014 sequel, I Am Road Comic.[30]

Glaser had a role in the Judd Apatow-directed film Trainwreck (2015)[31] and I Feel Pretty (2018).[32]

Personal life[edit]

Glaser had a relationship with Not Safe with Nikki Glaser co-creator Chris Convy.[33] Convy and Glaser both reside in Greater St. Louis.[34][35]

Sober since 2012, she also ended her addiction to nicotine. She credits the writing of Allen Carr in her recovery.[36][37][38]

Glaser is a long time animal activist and a vegan since 2016.[39]


Nikki Glaser filmography
Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Herself
Punching the Clown Olympia
It's On with Alexa Chung Herself
2010 I Am Comic Herself
2011–12 Red Eye Panelist Has appeared in two episodes
2012 Awkward. After Show. You're Welcome. Host Co-hosted with Sara Schaefer
2013 Nikki & Sara Live Host/Creator Co-hosted and co-created with Sara Schaefer
Conan Herself
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell Guest
Last Call with Carson Daly Guest
The Half Hour Herself Season 2 Episode 2: Stand-up comedy set
Inside Amy Schumer Amanda Episode 3: A Porn Star Is Born
Women Who Kill Herself
2013–17 @midnight Herself Has appeared in twenty episodes.
2014 Big Morning Buzz Live Herself
Adam DeVine's House Party Herself Season 2 Episode 7: Marriage Material
I Am Road Comic Herself
2015 The View Guest co-host
VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown Guest co-host
Trainwreck Lisa
2016 The Late Late Show with James Corden Herself
Not Safe with Nikki Glaser Herself/Host
Nikki Glaser's Perfect Herself
Conan Guest
Punching Henry Claire the Bartender
Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe Herself/Roaster Television special
2017 The Standups Herself
Adam Ruins Everything Sallie Mae Episode: Adam Ruins College
American Ninja Warrior Herself
2018 A.P. Bio Chloe from Baltimore
Alone Together Annette Episode: Property Management
Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis Herself/Roaster
Dancing with the Stars Herself/Contestant Season 27; eliminated first
First Nations Comedy Experience Herself
The Fix Panelist Has appeared in two episodes
I Feel Pretty Woman at Lily Leclaire HQ
Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle Judge
2019 Historical Roasts Kurt Cobain Episode: Freddie Mercury
Bangin' Herself Netflix special
Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin Herself
Blind Date Host
The Degenerates Herself Netflix Half-Hour
2020 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Herself Has appeared in two episodes
Crank Yankers Herself (voice) Episode: Nikki Glaser, Jimmy Kimmel & Tracy Morgan
Match Game Herself/Contestant Episode: Joel McHale, Amanda Seales, Ron Funches, Ana Gasteyer, Ron Huebel, Nikki Glasser
2021 History of Swear Words Herself Netflix docuseries
Hysterical Herself Documentary film
MTV Movie & TV Awards: Unscripted Host
FBOY Island Host
Cooking with Paris Herself
2022 That's My Jam Herself 1 episode
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Guest Judge Season 7, Episode: "Draguation Speeches"
Good Clean Filth Herself HBO Stand-up Special


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