You know comedian Nikki Glaser from her many appearances on Inside Amy Schumer, her stand-up specials, and her short-lived MTV talk show Nikki & Sara Live. But now you’re about to know a lot more about her thanks to her new Comedy Central sketch/variety series Not Safe With Nikki Glaser, which debuts Tuesday on Comedy Central. We talked to Glaser about the new series, as well as her plan to replace Valentine’s Day with “Rob Thomas Day” and something called “Wikifeet.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell us about your new show. What can viewers expect?
NIKKI GLASER: I like to talk about sex and dating and relationships a lot. It’s always been something that I’m interested in and something that I easily can get people to talk about and open up about. So I decided to do a show about sex and dating. It’s really me just exploring different worlds and learning things about this world … it’s kind of like Real Sex, but with a comedy slant, and hosted by me, and funny. Not, like, old people jerking off on each other in the woods. [Laughs] So it’s me doing social experiments and just talking to real people in real sexual situations, couples, experts giving advice. Revealing things about myself, putting my own relationship at risk. I really put myself out there. And I ask people to do the same.
What kind of social experiments?
Well, I also put my parents on the lie detector and ask them about their sex lives, because I have no boundaries. I interviewed girls to date my boyfriend because that interests me, and also because I just want to explore the idea of an open relationship. We never actually tried it, but I kind of want to get my toe in it, so I interviewed girls. I put an ad on Craigslist being, like, do you want to date my boyfriend? Then I interviewed girls and found one who I thought was worthy, and who I thought my boyfriend would be worthy to meet.
I also went on Tinder and found guys to come over on blind dates. I had them come over to “my apartment” and bring me food, just to see like what kind of stuff I could get them to do on a first date — how far they would go in the name of the possibility of getting laid. There were really decent guys who were there to help a young woman put together an Ikea table!
So to go back for a second, how did it go when you found a girl to date your boyfriend?
They met. I didn’t really know if she’d be, like, actually down. It was kind of like, how am I even going to find anyone who’s totally down? They haven’t arranged an actual date yet, but that’s going to happen because we’re going to have follow up on the show. By the time the episode airs, that will have happened. And the piece is based on a real thing that I’ve always wanted to happen so we thought, why not make it happen now?
It’s a weird thing that I’m into that people are probably going to be like, what the hell? But we met with an anthropologist, the guy who wrote the book Sex at Dawn, Christopher Ryan. I talked to him about why, evolutionarily, I would be predisposed to want to have my boyfriend hook up with another woman. And he said it actually makes sense why I would. So I’m not crazy. It’s in my biology.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned while making the show?
I didn’t realize how awesome it would be to have a foot fetish. I went and hung out at a foot fetish party. and I knew that was a very popular fetish to have, but I didn’t realize how amazing it would be to have it. Because these guys, they … these adult men turn into like nervous middle schoolers around bare feet. And a shoeless foot to them is like a naked Kate Upton. They get nervous. They can’t speak. It must be heaven! Tons of naked Kate Uptons everywhere, all over the floor.
It must be a really amazing thing to be attracted to because they’re everywhere! It’s just like having topless women everywhere when girls wear flip-flops. So it’s that was like a cool thing to see. And I thought it was a weird fetish, but these guys actually have a lot of shame about it. They have to like, come out to their families. And they lost a lot of their friends, and family members have written them off because of it. For a lot of them, it’s their identity. They’re in this foot fetish community and they organize these events, and so it’s a real big part of them. I did a piece where one of them held my foot, and it was like they were transported into another realm.
There’s actually a thing called Wikifeet that’s the Wikipedia of celebrity girls’ feet. Something like 45 people have voted on my feet. Members have ranked my feet, and they voted wrong because I have bunions and my feet are all jacked up, and they’ve all said they’re beautiful. But they’re wrong. It’s the one thing the Internet has been polite about something that they shouldn’t have been.
So your show debuts a few days before Feb. 14. Do you have any tips on what couples should do to celebrate Valentine’s Day?
I don’t know what that is because to me, Feb. 14 is Rob Thomas’ birthday, and that’s only what I acknowledge it as. I just like to celebrate that as Rob Thomas’ birthday. I’m trying to rebrand that day as such, so I think you guys need to get on board.
Rob Thomas loves nothing more than for couples to go on dates and he loves chocolates. Boxes of 20 chocolates. So I’m wishing everyone a happy Rob Thomas day. That’s what we’ll be doing on the show and I hope everyone joins in. I really don’t know any other celebration that would be taking place that day.
I mean, it could be 3 a.m. and you’re lonely. Anyone can celebrate on this day. Couples. People who are alone at 3 a.m. Anyone. Santana can do it — if it’s a hot one.
Not Safe With Nikki Glaser debuts Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.
A version of this story appeared in Entertainment Weekly issue #1402, on newsstands now
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