Nikki Glaser's decision to step up for "Dancing With the Stars" turned out to be a savvy move. Not that the comedian and podcast host did particularly well on the ABC hit. As she reminded the crowd at Rick Bronson's House of Comedy Thursday night, she was the first contestant booted off the show last season.
But the high-profile stumble inspired a solid bit during the first of three nights at the Mall of America club.
"It ends up mattering to you a lot more than you think it will," she said before launching into her obsession for the professional hoofer she was partnered with, Gleb Savchenko, and roasting a fellow competitor, blind skiier Danelle Umstead.
"She's OK with me doing these jokes because I haven't told her," Glaser said. "But I sent her an e-mail."
Most of the rest of her hour-set focused on the joy of sex -- and how it could be even more joyful if men would just listen to her advice. A graphic routine about the pleasures of having an autistic boyfriend was too much for one patron who headed for the exit, a statement that seemed to tickle Glaser more than throw her.
Glaser, who formerly hosted Comedy Central's "Not Safe With Nikki Glaser" and currently has a radio show on XM Satellite, is at the House of Comedy through Saturday.