Former Lawrence resident Nikki Glaser is getting her own TV show! That’s right, the 28 year-old Jayhawk has hit it out of the park.
It seems like only yesterday I was bugging Johnny Dare to put her on his show. Johnny was not overly excited, “What, a young chick with no credits, are you serious?” he asked. I told him she was a tall blonde, well-endowed, very funny and smart as hell.
At the time Nikki was barely past being an emcee at Stanford’s where she started her comedy career in the early 2000′s when she was just a kid, maybe 20. Johnny did put her on and she was great. A few weeks later she was picked to go on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and she made the semi-finals.
Glaser’s style is very strong, consisting of left turns about being a young lady with a nice bod and a sharp brain in today’s world. She talks about what it’s like being her and she strikes a strong cord in both men and women of all ages. We feel her pain and share her victories.
“I was told not to go out with frat boys but I met this really cute guy in a frat, he was so sweet. I mean, what they said about college boys. Not true. It was on. And like he waited for our third date before he leaned over….and tried to rape me.”
That was Nikki in 2003.
Today she does political humor, lifestyles, stories about being hot and being not. After she did the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2009, Nikki moved to New York. She and partner-in-crime Sara Schaefer will have their own talk show going up against others like, well, Jay Leno.
Their show is slated to debut in January on MTV at 10 PM in KC.
It was born out of their hit podcast, “You Had To Be There.” Nikki and her pal interviewed tons of guests including big name comics like Lewis Black, Dave Attell, Patton Oswald and Jim Florentine. The new show will have guests from all types of media, film, stage, TV and of course comedy.
“We are planning on some big names like Justin Timberlake, Lady Ga Ga and Sway,” Nikki says.
Glaser’s appeared in several films including I AM COMIC, which featured her as the next big thing in female comedy. I was so impressed that I called my agent Matt Blake at CAA and asked him to take her on in the mid 2000′s. He said she wasn’t big enough yet but he liked her sets that I sent him. So he helped get her started, she moved to LA and went on the road opening for Pauly Shore.
And yes, I was jealous.
I have always liked Nikki. She’s loyal and kind. I’ll never forget that she brought the NBC crew to shoot her final show for Last Comic Standing to our club so we could get some credit. They wanted to shoot it in LA where it was cheaper. But she came though.
We’ve stayed in touch ever since. She works Stanford’s yearly, visits her family and friends, and of course visits Kansas University her alma mater. Nikki was born in St. Louis, but KC is her comedy home.
So if you want to see one of the top 10 female comics in the nation, and one of the hottest…come to the Nikki Glaser show at Stanford’s this week.
She’s here Wednesday through Saturday.
P.S. only the hottest comics get the stage in Montreal, at the worldwide comedy fest…Chelsea, Lewis Black, Jim Jefferies, Howie Mandel and yes, Nikki Glaser!
I was there, ran into her, she looked smashing and is a brilliant standup comic.