Chris Schulz is the deputy head of entertainment for the New Zealand Herald.

Meet Nikki Glaser, the comedian who asks questions no one else will

Expect the unexpected when rising comedian Nikki Glaser's new show Not Safe debuts in New Zealand. She talks to Chris Schulz (Warning: Most of this story - and the videos - are for a mature audience).
Nikki Glaser says she's hard-wired to talk about sex, and there's no topic that would make her uncomfortable.
Nikki Glaser says she's hard-wired to talk about sex, and there's no topic that would make her uncomfortable.

Nikki Glaser is on a one-woman crusade to take the weird out of sex.

"You can expect some honest and hilarious talk about sex, dating and relationships," says Glaser about her new show Not Safe With Nikki Glaser, which debuts here tonight.

"It's just me being a jackass, really exposing myself - not literally - but no holds barred sharing," she says.

She's not kidding. Not Safe is equal parts chat show, prank show and skit show with one specific purpose: Glaser going to extreme lengths to take the awkward out of sex talk.

To achieve this, Glaser sets up skits most comedians would run a mile from.

In one, she wires up male comedian friends to a lie detector and asks them if they have ever wanted to have sex with her.

In another, she does the same to her parents to interrogate them about their sex lives.

Glaser says she doesn't enjoy filming the show's more uncomfortable segments - but she realises they get the best results.

"I don't like awkward moments at all but the show has pushed me to do things out of my comfort zone. As long as the premise is funny and no one gets hurt, I'm willing to do it," she says.

"I talk openly with my parents ... but I didn't want to know the things I asked. In no way did I benefit from hearing about my parents' sex life."

She also heads along to a Donald Trump rally, a segment that required the help of a security team.

"That was a hard one for me to do. I asked this senator guy if he'd blow Donald Trump to ensure his victory. He said no, so I asked him if he'd kiss it a little bit. It was an insane thing to say to someone in a suit.

"I don't mind messing with Trump supporters (but) my security team were like, 'Can you not yell at this guy? He might be strapped'."

After bit parts in Amy Schumer vehicles Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer, Not Safe is Glaser's first solo show.

She says the idea came from her fascination with sex. She spent her teens being shy and scared of sex until she lost her virginity at the age of 21.

Now, she talks about it so much her boyfriend calls her "a perv".

"What do I enjoy talking about most? Sex. Why don't I make a job out of it? That was the idea (for the show)," she says.

"I just have a sense of humour about sex. I'm always thinking about it and making comments about it. I'm perverted in a seventh grade boy kind of way - but with a better sense of humour."

Not Safe With Nikki Glaser debuts in New Zealand tonight.
Not Safe With Nikki Glaser debuts in New Zealand tonight.

Glaser says all those sex skits have a serious side, especially when she asks intimate questions of random couples in public.

"I try to make people feel important about sharing. If someone at home hears someone sharing something and they thought they were the only one that had experienced it, it makes them feel less alone," she says.

"I don't judge or make fun of people - and if I do, it's not (meant to be) mean."

Kiwi viewers can make up their own minds from tonight. Just make sure your parents aren't on the couch next to you - or things could get as awkward as they do for Glaser.

• Not Safe With Nikki Glaser premieres tonight at 9.45pm on Comedy Central.

- NZ Herald

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