Safiya J. Nygaard is an actress, comedian, writer, and video producer. She is well-known for her time at BuzzFeed making videos.
After graduating from Stanford, Safiya Nygaard decided to co-create a web series called Tiger Dad Comedy. She writes the directs, and produces the content for it.
Safiya Nygaard started working at BuzzFeed in April 2015. She began as a video production intern and eventually became a video fellow later that year.
She became a full-time video producer in November 2015. During her time there, she became a co-founding member and co-creator of the Ladylike series and helped the BuzzFeedYellow channel increase their subscriber count by approximately 1.7 million.
Departure from BuzzFeed
On January 27, 2017, Safiya Nygaard announced her departure from BuzzFeed. She posted a picture on her Instagram account with some of her colleagues stating that she's going to be working full-time on her YouTube channel, posting on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
On March 19, 2017, she created a video about why she left BuzzFeed.
Safiya Nygaard now creates YouTube videos full time. Although she initially announced that she'd post on a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule, she wrote on her YouTube channel that she usually now posts on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
In addition to her social media-related work, Nygaard has taken on other production roles in her career. She has made several appearances on TMI Hollywood in 2015 and was the production assistant for the Revenge of the Commodes episode for Bitch Please (also in 20015).
Safiya is an avid Harry Potter fan and lover of pop culture. She is of Caucasian, Hispanic, South Asian, Native American, and Middle Eastern descent and is of Muslim faith. The head of the BuzzFeed video department Andrew Gauthier helped her and Lizz Warner prank one of the BuzzFeed staff on camera.
Safiya was interviewed about her morning routine for a BuzzFeed article. She states that she is not a morning person at all. She has three alarms: one for 6:50 a.m., one for 6:55 a.m., and one for 7:02 a.m. Once she wakes up at 7:02, showers with shampoo and conditioner and oil pulls with coconut water to whiten her teeth and battle cavities.
Safiya met Tyler Williams met in college. However, they did not date in college. In mid-2014, they rekindled their friendship in Los Angeles right after Safiya graduated (two years after Tyler graduated). They met again during her first night out in L.A. visiting some mutual friends from Tyler's A Capela group. They didn't officially go out as a couple until a couple months after they re-met.
One day, they went to Disneyland. Safiya interpreted it as a date while Tyler did not. They eventually went on their first consensual date 5 days later, where Tyler took her to dinner and they had their first kiss. They now go to Disneyland every year for their anniversary.
Safiya Nygaard is a sauce head. Her boyfriend Tyler says that, if you make a turkey sandwich, she will dip it into any type of sauce.
She and Tyler have a pet cat.