is a standup and musical comedian, presently living in New York City. She performs all over the United States, from packed houses at Caroline’s on Broadway (RIP) to empty dive bars in obscure parts of New Jersey. Her solo musical comedy hour, Adulting For Idiots, just played a sold out run Off Broadway at Theatre Row and won "Best Musical" at the 2023 United Solo Festival. She's a house comic at the Grisly Pear and prior to the pandemic co-hosted a monthly standup show, YOU’RE SO BRAVE at The Lantern with writer/comedian, Sarah Cooper. YOU’RE SO BRAVE garnered a shout out in The New Yorker. She produces standup comedy shows for various venues and social clubs all over the United states (email to inquire) and can often be seen with her keyboard performing her original comedy songs. She most recently headlined the Vermont Comedy Festival as a musical comedian. MacCallum currently produces a monthly standup and musical comedy show, Say Something Funny, the third Wednesday of every month, 6:30 PM at The Bowery Electric.
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Prior to writing standup, MacCallum wrote comedy for the theater and cabaret scene —and shamelessly sung a lot of show tunes while doing so. She’s created and starred in three one-woman comedic cabarets, two of which garnered MAC Award nominations. One of those shows, Familiar Things, was first developed at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Cabaret Conference where Nikki was one of eight artists worldwide handpicked by Artistic Director John McDaniel (The Rosie O’Donnell Show).
Nikki's solo show, Matchmaker Matchmaker I’m Willing to Settle!, was later revamped into a full-blown ensemble musical comedy with an original score (Brandon James Gwinn)—for which MacCallum co-wrote the book (w/ Kelvin Moon Loh). The musical premiered at American Repertory Theater's second stage: OBERON, under the direction of Allegra Libonati, assistant to Tony Award-winner, Diane Paulus. Matchmaker Matchmaker I’m Willing to Settle! has since been produced at multiple venues, including: NYMF, Ars Nova, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse PiTCH Series, and NYU.
“Nikki knows comedy. She's a good writer. She's a tremendous singer with pipes for days.”
— Cabaret Hotline Online
“Ms. MacCallum’s perfect timing and sparkling wit infused the show with originality and infectious joy de vivre. Hilarious, well sung, and truly entertaining from start to finish.”
“When the multi-talented Nikki MacCallum returned to the Duplex with her take on Loesser’s classic about making it in the corporate world, she had a pretty tall skyscraper to surmount. Ms. MacCallum’s well-thought-out and paced show is smart, sweet, funny, sometimes raunchy, eye-opening, and overall engaging.”
“MacCallum is an attractive, vivacious brunette with a delightfully self-deprecating sense of humor, a confident stage presence, and a solid, if not soaring, mezzo-soprano voice.”