Comedians Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer have just landed a deal that will bring some of the best facets of their increasingly popular podcast You Had To Be There to a full-fledged series for MTV. After months of waiting and weeks after MTV’s upfront presentations (where usually all of a network’s new shows are announced), today we were able to confirm that The Nikki and Sara Show will become a reality.
“We begin production in the early fall,” Glaser tells Laughspin, “and although it’s all speculative at this point, we’ll probably air in early 2013.” And by the way, said production will go down at the Times Square studio that once housed MTV’s uber-popular show Total Request Live.
The New York City-based duo’s show will air once a week at 11 pm ET on a night to be announced, and will include celebrity interviews,
man woman-on-the-street packages, jokes (natch), sketches and more. While the pair will be the show’s main writers, Glaser tells us they’ll have a staff of scribes. “We can’t wait to assemble our crew,” she says.
Glaser, originally from St. Louis, has been working the road for nearly eight years, establishing herself as a respected comedy club headliner and highly sought-after act by some of the country’s best comedy festivals. Raised in Richmond, VA, Schaefer (also a stand-up) snagged two Emmys in the Creative Achievement in Interactive Media category in 2009 and 2011 for her work as head blogger for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. She’s also written for Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
Between the pair’s live performance, writing experience and the fact they’ve already established a dedicated following via You Had To Be There, it would seem MTV has made a wise investment in Glaser and Schaefer.
“My favorite part of making the pilot was the writing process,” Glaser tells Laughspin. “My career has been mostly stand-up, which is so isolating. And I didn’t know what it would be like to collaborate with a staff, but it was the best. I mean, isn’t the goal to work with your friends? That’s why I took that job in high school at Imo’s Pizza. But now I get to do what I love AND work with friends. It doesn’t get better than that.”
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