August 29, 1986|
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, and starred in the prank show Ladylike. She has also performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade and appeared in the sketch comedy series Party Over Here and the reality show Girl Code. As of 2018, Byer is the host of the Netflix reality bake-off show Nailed It!
Byer has described Whoopi Goldberg, Tina Turner, and Mo'Nique as her early inspirations. 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.
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." 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".
Byer appears on the MTV reality show Girl Code, where Maitri Mehta said at Bustle Byers is a "beloved talking head"; Stephanie Merry at The Washington Post called Byer "one of the most dependably funny commentators" on the show. 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. The half-hour sketch comedy, which aired on Saturday nights for one season, was created by Paul Scheer and Lonely Island.
Byer has also starred with Jade Catta-Preta and Matteo Lane in a hidden-camera prank show on MTV called Ladylike.
Loosely Exactly Nicole is a scripted, single-camera comedy based on Byer's own life. 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." Loosely, Exactly Nicole premiered September 5, 2016 on MTV. It was later cancelled after one season. 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.
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- 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.
- 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.
- Licata, Elizabeth (22 February 2018). "Netflix's "Nailed It" Is a Hilarious TV Baking Competition for Amateur Chefs". The Kitchn. Retrieved 12 March 2018.