Alibi V.28 No.44 • Oct 31-Nov 6, 2019 

Comedy Matters

Superpowers and Hot Orphans

Nikki Glaser Set To Play Four-show Run at Santa Ana Star

Nikki Glaser meshes her uncomfortability with charm to create a unique style of comedy.
Nikki Glaser meshes her uncomfortability with charm to create a unique style of comedy.
Luke Fontana

Fresh off the release of Nikki Glaser: Bangin’ on Netflix this month, Glaser is touring North America, bringing her unique comedy to Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel (54 Jemez Canyon Dam Rd.) for four shows on Nov. 1 and 2, at 7pm and 9:30pm. For those who haven’t had the chance to listen to her, Glaser finds the most uncomfortable moments in life to drag onstage and turn into comedy gold, and does so effortlessly. Her unique brand of story-telling mixed with expressive actions makes for one of the most enjoyable acts you can see, leaving you no excuse for not going to one of the shows while she’s here. We were lucky enough to get an interview with her about her act and life on the road.

Weekly Alibi: You talk a lot about sex, and I wanted to figure out from your perspective, how are you able to talk about it so constantly without it becoming schticky?

Nikki Glaser: I often do feel categorized by just that, and a lot of people seem to think that that's all I do or talk about, and I appreciate that you think that I'm more than that, because I feel like I am, too. I mean that's just what I'm interested in talking about. I think that I talk so honestly onstage that people understand that if I'm talking about sex, it's not coming from a place to purely titillate or shock. I think that as long as you're doing something honestly, and that there's a tone that you're delivering it with, it's like, I'm excited about this. And this is what I want to talk about. This is what I'm interested in.

Is it hard to be so candid onstage about your most embarrassing moments?

You know? Yes, and at the same time, no, it's not. I honestly feel like I have a superpower in which I just do not get embarrassed to share things that other people are very much embarrassed to share. I mean, there are some things that I don't share because they're too close to or they're just too tragic, or whatever it is. But I don't have the same filter that other people have with sex. I was just a huge prude my whole life. I was scared of sex. I never thought I could have it. I wanted to and I was interested in it and I was so excited to learn anything about it. I think that's why I’m still talking about sex so openly is because I wish people would have been more open about this when I was growing up. It was just so shameful and tucked away, and then I felt bad if I snuck watching some porn, or if I was on the jungle gym and I humped a bar a little too long. Now as an adult, I know that there's nothing wrong with me.

Has that ever affected your relationships or even made people have preconceived notions or expectations?

Yes, I think that I tend to think like, “Why don't men want to get close to me? Well, maybe they don't want to be talked about in your act.” I definitely think that there's some people that don't even want to consider dating me. I think that a lot of times, though, it makes certain people want to talk to me and want to get to know me. I feel like some guys like think that I'm super-sexual because they don't really listen to what I'm saying about sex. People think I'm a sex comic and there are a lot of people that think I'm just a huge whore, and they like to talk to me about things they'd like to do to me. I mean, you should read my DMs. They’re so disgusting. A lot of people think that I'm this hypersexual person, which I am. Like I think about sex a lot, but I'm not someone who sleeps around and has one-night stands. I almost feel like kind of a fraud. I call myself a dormant whore. It just, it seems like I'm super comfortable with sex, but I'm actually the most uncomfortable with it. And that's kind of why I want to talk about it all the time.

Lightning Round:

Instant Date Ender?

If they shame me about being a vegan, trying not to laugh at my jokes or being like “I thought you'd be funnier” or anything like that where it's like they insult the one thing I'm good at or a guy talking about his mom too much. I'm looking for a guy with a dead mom. I dated a guy that was a legit orphan and it was the hottest thing about him, that he had no immediate family to deal with.

Favorite thing about being on tour?

I like meeting fans after shows who I really made a connection with through my podcast, where they feel like they know me. I like meeting girls who cry when they meet me because I know that feeling of meeting someone who means a lot to you. It brings me so much joy to give these girls hugs when they're shaking and they're saying, I've listened to everything you've done. It's just so nice to see those people because you don't even know they're out there until you meet them.

Tickets for the show are $20-$30 and are available now at thestageatthestar.com.

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