10 Comics to Watch: MTV Star Nikki Glaser Sees ‘Golden Era’ for Female Comics

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A tall blonde with a dark sense of humor, Nikki Glaser doesn’t pull any punches onstage. “I like to talk about sex, my romantic life and being a woman,” she says. “And I’m not trying to shock — I’m just being honest.”

The 31-year-old Ohio native’s no-holds-barred approach is paying off big this year; first up, she’s in “best friend” Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck,” playing a “Stepford Wife type, who’s disgusted by Amy.” Then she stars in her first one-hour standup special this fall for Comedy Central, showcasing material she’s honed on the road over the past three years. And then there’ll be more sex in her new show, “Not Safe With Nikki Glaser,”  slated to premiere in early 2016 on Comedy Central. “It’ll be a mix of real people, comedians and experts talking about sex in a normal way,” she says.

Glaser got her start doing standup at college, despite being “shy and insecure, which I still am,” and says her big break was auditioning for NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.”  Although she felt “way in over my head,” Glaser capitalized on the exposure the show gave her by touring and performing on “Conan,” “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” as well as starring in MTV’s “Nikki & Sara Live” with co-creator Sara Schaefer. “And now it’s like this golden era for female comedians,” she adds. “This is what people want and we’re delivering.”

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Influences: Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer, Dave Attell, Mitch Hedberg