It's pretty cool to watch someone that you know grow into a well-deserved position in the comedy and entertainment worlds.
Kirkwood native, podcast superstar, MTV talk-show host and generally nice person Nikki Glaser's half-hour comedy special airs this Friday on Comedy Central.
We caught up with Nikki en route to Spain to chat about the renewal of her successful late-night MTV talk show, The Nikki & Sara Show (with podcast partner Sara Schaefer), the filming of a comedy special and hair extensions.
[Full disclosure: If some of these questions might seem petty and born of jealousy, it's because I'm petty and totally jealous.]
Kris Wernowsky: So, you're flying to Spain. What's that all about? I'm sure this is all fame-related in some way.
I'm visiting my sister and her husband in Madrid. They live here.
I actually stood in a room with the King of Spain once. His daughter's exceptionally attractive. Will you tell her I said hi" Don't be surprised if she pretends like she doesn't remember me.
I don't speak Spanish, so I can't.
I'm supposed to ask you about your upcoming Comedy Central special. Are people who have seen you perform over the past couple of years going to know some of these jokes, or did you set out to do a new half-hour of material?
I like how you preface this with "I'm supposed to ask you." I'm really sorry you have to do that. Yes, there will be material you recognize, but there's also some new stuff that got added in the months and days before the taping. It's a good mix.
You're in a pretty great class of comics who taped specials for Comedy Central this year. Ben Kronberg actually performed here a little more than a year ago. Did you work with anyone who surprised you or who you weren't familiar with already?
Look out for Gabe Liedman's special. He is a force. I had seem him before and always loved him, but this special of his is something to behold.
Explain what the process of filming a half-hour is like compared to performing in a traditional venue (rock, theater, club or otherwise).
It's was taped at a theater in Boston. And a taping is always going to be different than a club. It's extremely well-lit. Everyone is on their best behavior. On one hand, the audience is pumped and ready to laugh, but on the other, there's a weird tenseness in the room of like, WE'RE ON TV RIGHT NOW. It's definitely harder for everyone to relax, including me. I was also wearing a really short dress and very high heels, which is not my normal stage attire.
Do you think you had some advantage over a lot of people in this process with your Last Comic Standing and Nikki & Sara Live experience?
Not at all. The only thing that can prepare you for a special is doing sets every night, anywhere and everywhere. No amount of performing on television is going to make you funnier. I guess, from doing TV, I knew to tell the makeup ladies that I like eyeliner on the INSIDE of my eyelid. That's maybe an advantage I had. My eyes gonna be poppin'! Look out!
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