is a standup comic, presently living in New York City. She performs all over the United States, from packed houses at Caroline’s on Broadway, to empty dive bars in obscure parts of New Jersey. She's a house comic at the Grisly Pear and prior to the pandemic co-hosted a monthly standup show, YOU’RE SO BRAVE (Follow on Insta @sobravecomedy) at The Lantern with writer/comedian, Sarah Cooper. YOU’RE SO BRAVE garnered a shout out in The New Yorker. Just before the New York City Covid-19 lockdown, Nikki was performing weekly at Caroline's as part of the 2020 March Comedy Madness competition. She also produces standup comedy shows tailored for corporate events.
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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 —for which MacCallum co-wrote the book. 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.”