If Nikki Glaser looks familiar to you, it’s likely for one of the following reasons:
1) The 31-year-old comedian’s popped up in several of pal Amy Schumer’s projects, including Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer.
2) Glaser’s been performing stand-up around the country — including at New York’s Comedy Cellar — since the age of 18.
3) You’ve blearily caught her erstwhile late-night MTV show, Nikki & Sara Live, or you’ve seen her on Comedy Central’s @Midnight.
4) You faintly recall her supporting role in the now-infamous Jennifer-Lawrence/Amy-Schumer human pyramid.
Now, though, Glaser is aiming to elevate her status to (adult) household name with a boldly sexual and unfiltered Comedy Central series, Not Safe With Nikki Glaser, which premieres on the network tonight. Not Safe is, at its most basic level, a show about sex. But it’s also a show about love, dating, and relationships, aimed at empowering women and addressing Glaser’s own insecurities. Glaser describes the series as unapologetically frank and funny, a place to “discover, ogle, and laugh about all things sex” through panels, field pieces, social experiments, and audience participation. Its 10-episode first season premieres tonight on Comedy Central, and promises to “examine and discuss the things people do, the things people think about doing, and the things people would never do (but their friends just might).”
We caught up with the self-described “curious perv” before the show’s premiere to talk about that particular qualifier, how she handles misogynist criticism from “stupid” men, and whether her parents can stomach her sex-centric comedy.
So you call yourself a “curious perv” in your press materials for this show. Can you elaborate on that?
[Laughs.] Yeah. Pretty much they didn’t want to call me a straight-up perv. That sounds too harsh, I guess. So they added “curious” to soften the image. [Laughs.] I think the curiosity is just — I’m titillated and not really that shocked by anything, and I like hearing about immature and sexual and sometimes gross and perverted things. I don’t judge, I’m not squeamish. I don’t clutch my pearls. I’m down for anything, I love hearing about anything. [“Curious perv”] is what my boyfriend, who helped co-create the show with me, described me as, and I was like, “Oh, that’s actually very complimentary.” It makes it seem kind of cute, how pervy I am. But I guess I’m [affects British accent] a “naughty girl.” Saying I’m a naughty girl is one of the grossest things I’ve ever said. So I’d prefer you not publish that. You can publish that I just said that about myself, that it’s the grossest thing I’ve ever said.