In the brand new FX/ Hulu documentary, “Hysterical,” viewers are handled to the backstories of the feminine comics who star in it, childhood scars and all.

For Nikki Glaser, among the many comedians featured within the movie, her childhood included overwhelming emotions of being an unpleasant duckling, a number of insecurities, a yearning for consideration and an consuming dysfunction. For years, she tried to fill the opening with stage time and challenge after challenge, explaining that “workaholism” grew to become her drug.

She had been doing standup nightly, with out many breaks, when the coronavirus pandemic hit. She moved again residence to reside along with her dad and mom in St. Louis, MO. It modified her complete outlook on life, her household and herself.

“I love them [my parents]. Everyone [thought moving home] was going to break us and people were like ‘I could never live with my parents.’ And I’m like, ‘I couldn’t live with your parents either. Your parents suck,” Glaser quipped in a current interview with NCS.

She describes her dad and mom as unfastened and open-minded.

“They liked the same TV as me,” she mentioned. “And they’re so funny.”

“I know they’re going to be gone someday,” she added. “I really stopped and was like, ‘You will really miss this someday. And I’m trying to stay in the moment.’”

Glaser’s having such an excellent time along with her household, she’s determined to keep in St. Louis, the place she’s renting an condominium along with her finest pal and internet hosting a podcast.

“I live in an apartment in St. Louis and I don’t know what’s next,” Glaser mentioned. “When other cities open up, I might get a place in L.A. and New York or just visit there. But I really found during the pandemic that I can have a great presence in Hollywood and New York from St. Louis, I just have to catch a Southwest flight.”

Glaser hosts her new podcast, “The Nikki Glaser Podcast,” produced by Will Ferrell and iHeartMedia’s Big Money Players Network, from her lounge every morning. She mentioned it’s presumably her favourite challenge of all time and has led to a deep self-love she hadn’t skilled earlier than.

“It turns out I like myself for the first time in my life, like, I really have self-esteem, which is kind of kryptonite for a comedian, but this podcast is not just comedy, I kind of look at it as self-help,” Glaser mentioned. “And by that, I mean, I hate to say it’s like a therapy session because it’s not, but I am an open book on this podcast in ways that I am not even with my closest friends.”

Glaser, who additionally has a actuality present on deck, a comedy pilot she’s bought about cancel tradition, and internet hosting duties on a courting competitors present, mentioned she’d ultimately needs to embody her household on the podcast.

“People love them. And, they’re really, my parents deserve to be on camera and broadcasting. They definitely are potential celebrities in their own right,” Glaser laughed. “I like giving them that opportunity later in life.”

Glaser mentioned she’d like to do the podcast so long as doable.

“This is something I never want to walk away from, that I can do forever,” she mentioned. And I’ve by no means actually approached something that method. I’m fearful of dedication. Like shopping for a 500 rely of Q-tips is an excessive amount of for me,” she mentioned. “I lucked out because I have been doing it for three weeks now and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. And I look forward to it every day. I’m so grateful and lucky to be in a position to [do it.]”

“It is not lost on me,” she mentioned, acknowledging the widespread private {and professional} losses so many have confronted up to now yr. “I wake up every day. I started praying over the summer, too. Like I found my version of God, even though I was always an atheist. I’m just more spiritual and I’m not as egotistical. I want to help more people.”

“I want to everything I do, whether it’s funny or not, has to also check the box of, does this make people feel good?”

And that features herself.

“Everything isn’t make or break,” she says. “And I’m just much more easy with myself. And I feel compelled to share the secrets I’ve learned through reading self-help books and talking to smart people and listening to podcasts and meditating in the most palatable way that isn’t preachy. This isn’t a goop podcast. It’s a comedy podcast, but I also have a message. I want everyone to be happy. Including myself. Yeah.”


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