Comedian Nikki Glaser compares standup to weightlifting — and she is very much a bodybuilder.
“If I don’t get out there and do it every single night, I will get rusty,” she says. “Just like weightlifting, if you’re a comedian and you take two days off in a row, you lose serious progress.”
As Glaser prepares to flex her comedy muscles at the Miami Improv July 19 and 20, she talks about the backbreaking amount of labor that goes into what she does: Monday through Thursday, she does her SiriusXM radio show, You Up? With Nikki Glaser. Then, Friday, she hits the road and does hourlong shows in other cities. Then she heads back home Sunday to start the process all over again.
Usually, a comedian will do this in preparation for an upcoming TV special, but Glaser reveals that the next special she'll release was shot in May. Why, then, is she touring so extensively?
“I’m always either sitting on or working on material,” she says. “It’s a compulsion for me.”
Glaser mentions her own comedic evolution, from dispensing one-liners onstage à la Mitch Hedberg to candid, conversational tidbits about dating and her professional life.
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“Whether you live in Charlotte or Miami or Dubai, the problems of a single woman in her 30s are universal,” she says. “If you come, you’ll hear my experience dealing with newfound fame.”
Glaser notes she’s at a level of fame where she can meaningfully engage with fans who come to her shows, unlike certain comedy superstars who can barely enter and exit arena shows without getting mauled by admirers.
“If you’re a fan, I’d love to meet you,” Glaser says.
Nikki Glaser. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 19, and 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Miami Improv, 3450 NW 83rd Ave., Suite 224, Doral; miamiimprov.com. Tickets cost $25 to $50.