Nikki Glaser

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Nikki Glaser
Nikki Glaser.jpg
Glaser performing in August 2016
Birth name Nicole Rene Glaser[1]
Born (1984-06-01) June 1, 1984 (age 32)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Medium Stand-up comedy
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Kansas
Years active 2002–present
Notable works and roles Not Safe with Nikki Glaser
Nikki & Sara Live

Nicole Rene "Nikki" Glaser (born June 1, 1984) is an American stand-up comedian, podcast host, and television host. She is the host of the television series Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, which premiered on Comedy Central and Much on February 9, 2016.

Early life[edit]

Glaser was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Julie E. (née Burke) and Edward J. Glaser.[2][3] She has German and Irish ancestry.[3] Glaser spent most of her childhood in St. Louis, Missouri.[4] She graduated from Kirkwood High School, attended the University of Kansas, and graduated with a degree in English Literature.[5]


Stand-up comedy[edit]

Glaser started performing stand-up at the age of 18. Since then, Glaser has performed stand-up on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, and two seasons of Last Comic Standing.[6]


From 2011-2014, Glaser hosted a podcast with comedian Sara Schaefer called You Had To Be There.[5]

In March 2014, Glaser appeared on Giant Bomb's life advice podcast, Danswers, talking about subjects such as her experience with co-host Dan Ryckert at college.[7]

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.[6] In 2015, she left the podcast after she determined that it was interfering with her personal relationships.[citation needed]


Nikki & Sara Live, a weekly talk show television series hosted by Glaser and Schaefer, premiered on January 29, 2013, on MTV.[8] The show was canceled on November 22, 2013, after two seasons.[9]

Glaser has also appeared on MTV shows such as Money from Strangers, Awkward. After Show. You're Welcome., and Failosophy.[10]

On June 2, 2015, Comedy Central greenlit a new sex-themed talk show hosted by Glaser, titled Not Safe with Nikki Glaser. The show premiered on February 9, 2016.[11]


Glaser played a small role in Henry Phillips' 2009 film Punching the Clown.[12] She also appeared as herself in Jordan Brady's documentary I Am Comic,[13] and its sequel, I Am Road Comic.[14]

Glaser had a role in the Judd Apatow-directed film Trainwreck (2015).[15]


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
2011-2012 Red Eye Panelist Has appeared on 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
Those Who Can't Abbey Logan An Amazon original series
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- @midnight Herself Has appeared on eighteen 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 Countdown Guest co-host
Trainwreck Lisa
2016 The Late Late Show with James Corden Herself
Not Safe with Nikki Glaser Herself
Nikki Glaser's Perfect Herself
Conan Guest Herself
I Love the 2000's: The Streets Herself 10 episodes

Personal life[edit]

Nikki has voiced opinions on rape culture following the Brock Turner case,[16] suggesting Judge Aaron Persky, who handed down Turner's sentence, should be a synonym for rape apologist.[17] She said she quit drinking before 2013 and doing so made sex awkward, as she had relied upon being intoxicated to make it less awkward.[18]


  1. ^ "Nicole Rene Glaser (b. 1984)". Retrieved February 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ "St. Louis comic Nikki Glaser is headed for MTV late-night". St Louis Post-Dispatch. January 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ "The Life of the Road Warrior with Nikki Glaser". Splitsider. January 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "You Had To Be There". Retrieved February 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Nikki Glaser to tape Comedy Central pilot, NSFW w/Nikki Glaser". The Laugh Button. December 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Danswers 04: Nikki Glaser". Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  8. ^ Angelo, Megan (December 28, 2012). "Friends First, Talk-Show Hosts Later". The New York Times. Retrieved December 30, 2012. 
  9. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (November 22, 2013). "'Nikki & Sara Live' Canceled After Two Seasons by MTV". TV by the Numbers. 
  10. ^ "Nikki & Sara LIVE: Cast". MTV. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Nikki Glaser is getting her own raunchy Comedy Central show". A.V Club. June 2, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Cast of Punching the Clown". Internet Movie Database. 
  13. ^ "Cast of I Am Comic". Internet Movie Database. 
  14. ^ "I Am Road Comic". Internet Movie Database. 
  15. ^ "Interview: Amy Schumer & Judd Apatow on Bringing TRAINWRECK to Life". April 29, 2015. 
  16. ^ Romano, Nick (25 June 2016). "Channing Tatum on Stanford rape case: 'Rape culture is a very real thing'". Retrieved 5 July 2016. Tatum joins the likes of Lena Dunham and Comedy Central’s Nikki Glaser, who’ve spoken out about rape culture in light of the Stanford case. 
  17. ^ Bacle, Ariana. "Nikki Glaser slams Stanford rape case judge on Not Safe". Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  18. ^ Coates, Tyler (22 March 2016). "Comedian Nikki Glaser on Sex, Sobriety, Flemish, and More Sex". Retrieved 5 July 2016. I didn’t realize how awkward we were with sex until I quit drinking over four years ago. We rely on alcohol to have sex so much. Everyone does. Often in my standup I ask people in the audience who has had sex with someone for the first time when they were stone-cold sober? No one can ever say that they’ve done it! It doesn’t happen! It’s because it’s so uncomfortable, and it’s such a weird thing to do. When I got sober, part of it was because I was having relationships that were based on getting drunk because I couldn’t be intimate with someone unless I was fucked up...I had to get inebriated to do it! And then I’d get into these relationships where I had to be drunk to have sex, and there was no real relationship there. 

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