Nicole Byer

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Nicole Byer
Born (1986-08-29) August 29, 1986 (age 31)
New Jersey
Occupation Comedian
Television Nailed It!
Loosely Exactly Nicole

Nicole Byer is an American comedian and actress born in 1986. She stars in a scripted comedy based on her life, Loosely Exactly Nicole,[1] and starred in the prank show Ladylike. She has also performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade[2] and appeared in the sketch comedy series Party Over Here[3] and the reality show Girl Code.[4] As of 2018, Byer is the host of the Netflix reality bake-off show Nailed It![5]

Early life[edit]

Byer has described Whoopi Goldberg, Tina Turner, and Mo'Nique as her early inspirations.[6] Byer moved to New York City after high school, waitressing and taking classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade before moving to Los Angeles in 2012.[7]


On The Ringer, Allison P. Davis described Byer's comedy: "Most easily compared to a raunchier Retta with a hint of Ilana Glazer's madcap energy. She's mouthy, vulgar, a little bit goofy, relatable but ridiculously charming, and not afraid to infuse her broad comedy with a confident sexuality."[7] Writing for USA Today, Jaleesa M. Jones said that "it's precisely [Byer's] brazen, ribald brand of comedy that landed her in the creative incubator that is MTV, where she toplines two new comedy shows in 2016, Ladylike and Loosely Exactly Nicole".[8]

Web series[edit]

Byer and Sasheer Zamata created a web series called Pursuit of Sexiness.[9] Nayomi Reghay at The Daily Dot called it a "must-see".[10]


Byer appears on the MTV reality show Girl Code, where Maitri Mehta said at Bustle Byers is a "beloved talking head";[4] Stephanie Merry at The Washington Post called Byer "one of the most dependably funny commentators" on the show.[2] She also hosted the first season of MTV's Are You the One? The Aftermatch Live, an after-show for Are You the One?.

In 2016, Byer starred with Jessica McKenna and Alison Rich in the Fox series Party Over Here.[11][12] The half-hour sketch comedy, which aired on Saturday nights for one season, was created by Paul Scheer and Lonely Island.[3]

Byer has also starred with Jade Catta-Preta and Matteo Lane in a hidden-camera prank show on MTV called Ladylike.[13]

Loosely Exactly Nicole is a scripted, single-camera comedy based on Byer's own life.[1] Madeleine Davies at Jezebel described the show's premise as a "comedic look on [Byer's] life as a black actress struggling to make it in Hollywood."[14] Loosely, Exactly Nicole premiered September 5, 2016 on MTV.[8] It was later cancelled after one season.[15] Shortly after, it was picked up by Facebook for a second season.

Byer played Lizette in Season 5, Episode 7 of the Freeform series Young & Hungry.

As of March 2018, Byer hosts a Netflix original reality bake-off show called Nailed It! alongside head judge, chocolatier Jacques Torres. Each episode features three home bakers with a "terrible track record" attempting to recreate extremely complicated pastries for a $10,000 prize.[16]


  1. ^ a b Moraes, Lisa de (31 July 2016). "'Loosely Exactly Nicole' Star Nicole Byer Asked To Explain Show's White EPs – TCA". Deadline. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Merry, Stephanie (2 September 2016). "Nicole Byer has her own TV show, and the fact she's a black female comedian is the 'least interesting thing' about it". The Washington Post. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  3. ^ a b O'Connell, Michael (February 4, 2016). "Fox Revisiting Saturday Sketch Comedy With Lonely Island's 'Party Over Here'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Mehta, Maitri (September 8, 2015). "Who Is Nicole Byer? The Comedian Has Two New Shows On MTV & She Deserves It". Bustle. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Romano, Nick (10 March 2018). "Nailed It is the Netflix series about baking fails you didn't know you needed". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 12 March 2018. 
  6. ^ Jones, Jaleesa M. (August 18, 2016). "Nicole Byer talks idols and the one message she has for black girls". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-01-28. 
  7. ^ a b Davis, Allison P. (6 September 2016). "Nicole Byer Is Not Your Teacher". The Ringer. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Jones, Jaleesa M. (August 3, 2016). "'Loosely Exactly Nicole' star Nicole Byer on early auditions: I was asked to 'be as black as possible'". USA Today. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  9. ^ Wright, Megh (28 April 2015). "Sasheer Zamata and Nicole Byer Turn into Garbage Monsters in 'Pursuit of Sexiness'". Splitsider. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  10. ^ Reghay, Nayomi (1 April 2015). "Nicole Byer and Sasheer Zamata pursue sexiness, wine, and laughs in the 'Pursuit of Sexiness'". Daily Dot. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  11. ^ Wright, Megh (17 March 2016). "Nicole Byer Is the Nation's Top Transvaginal Mesh Attorney on This Week's 'Party Over Here'". Splitsider. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  12. ^ Wright, Megh (13 May 2016). "Nicole Byer Gets Stalked by an Internet Ad on Tomorrow's 'Party Over Here'". Splitsider. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  13. ^ Houlihan, Ryan (September 8, 2015). "Nicole Byer Is About To Redefine The Term 'Ladylike' With Brand-New Show". MTV. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  14. ^ Davies, Madeleine (August 1, 2016). "'I Want It Blacker': Here's the First Trailer for Nicole Byer's Loosely Exactly Nicole". Jezebel. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 9, 2017). "MTV's 'Loosely Exactly Nicole' & 'Mary + Jane' Comedy Series Canceled After One Season, What About 'Sweet/Vicious'?". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 9, 2017. 
  16. ^ Licata, Elizabeth (22 February 2018). "Netflix's "Nailed It" Is a Hilarious TV Baking Competition for Amateur Chefs". The Kitchn. Retrieved 12 March 2018. 

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