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Nov 11
Niecy Nash speaks with Playboy
Posted by Niecy on November 11th, 2014 under The Blog

Niecy Nash on Oral Sex, Posing for Playboy on Reno 911 and Our Lucky 7 Questions

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Niecy Nash has the kind of fun, smart and sassy attitude about life that one would expect from someone who brings life to colorful, no-nonsense characters like Reno 911′s officer Raineesha Williams (see also: recent guest spots on TV like The Mindy Project and her voiceover work on American Dad). Nash possesses a brand of quick-witted honesty you almost never see in an actress, an honesty she brings to bear on her warts-and-all role as overworked, put-upon geriatric nurse Didi Ortley on HBO’s Getting On, which had its second season premiere Nov. 9.

Playboy recently spoke with Nash about a few of these hot topics: the fear of going makeup-free for Getting On; why her sex-and-relationship book, the aptly-titled It’s Hard to Fight Naked should’ve actually been called, Stomach Full, Penis Empty: A Woman’s Guide to a Happy Marriage; and her take on Playboy’s Lucky 7 questions.

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Nov 7
Niecy Nash on The Wendy Williams Show
Posted by Niecy on November 7th, 2014 under The Blog

Girl Talk.

Niecy Nash tells Wendy about her recent weight loss and how she stays in shape.

Then, does Niecy regret introducing Sherri Shepherd to her soon-to-be ex-husband? Is she Team Sherri?

Plus, find out how Niecy ended up washing dishes with Oprah and don’t miss what happens when Niecy and Wendy quiz “Wendy Watchers” in a game of “Nash or Cash.”

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Nov 7
Niecy talks about her home with
Posted by Niecy on November 7th, 2014 under The Blog

Inside Niecy Nash’s Colorful and Glamorous Los Angeles House


Actress, author, and television host Niecy Nash’s bold personality is reflected in her home design, which has the perfect eclectic mix of metallics, African textiles, and plenty of color. Here, she talks to us about her personal decorating style, favorite decor stores, and more.

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Nov 7
Niecy on PIX11 Morning News
Posted by Niecy on November 7th, 2014 under The Blog

Niecy Nash comes back for a 2nd season of HBO’s ‘Getting On’

NEW YORK (PIX11)– She was the long-time host of the Emmy-winning show “Clean House” and also starred on “Reno 911,” and now Niecy Nash is returning for a second season of HBO’s “Getting On” which premieres Nov. 9.

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Nov 5
Niecy Nash On Season Two Of HBO’s ‘Getting On’
Posted by Niecy on November 5th, 2014 under The Blog

Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

Niecy Nash was born and raised in Southern California. At age 5, she was sitting in her grandmother’s living room watching actress Lola Falana grace the television screen and became inspired to pursue a career in Hollywood.

Her film career began when a friend in casting gave her a shot at an audition for a role opposite Whoopi Goldberg in the feature film “Boys On the Side.”

Fast forward to age 44, and Nash has hosted a show on Style Network, starred in her own TLC docu-series, released a book and even landed a role on the critically acclaimed HBO show “Getting On.”

The HBO offbeat comedy returns for its six-episode second season Nov. 9 and follows the daily lives of nurses and doctors as they struggle with the realities of caring for the elderly in an overwhelmed healthcare system.

Nash plays Nurse DiDi, whose easy rapport with patients should be an example to her superiors — but isn’t.

Nash has guest starred on several television shows and appeared in several other feature films. She will next be seen in the civil rights era movie “Selma.”

She lives in Los Angeles with her children and husband. In addition to acting, she develops various projects through her own production company, Chocolate Chick.

Jan 13
HBO’s unusual comedy ‘Getting On’ tackles aging and death
Posted by Niecy on January 13th, 2014 under The Blog

The creators of ‘Big Love’ and a cast of glamour-free actresses shine a light on elder care

When it comes to shows about aging, it’s a shame — or perhaps a blessing — that our highest in high-tech TVs still cannot transmit odor. On the new HBO docu-comedy “Getting On,” set in the dreary extended-care unit of a hospital in Long Beach, Calif., viewers are spared some authenticity: the smell of feces left on an armchair, the stench of an unwashed homeless patient wearing layers of old coats.

“Getting On” is an unglamorous, deadpan series shot in muted Instagram tones, featuring middle-aged and elderly actresses without makeup. (It passes the Bechdel test with flying colors.) Through six first-season episodes, the last of which airs Sunday, it has proved to be a medical drama free of the genre’s tropes — constant emergencies, surgical miracles, high-tech equipment and break-room sex — that instead puts the labor of caretaking front and center.

As Americans debate Obamacare and aging baby boomers plan their twilight years, the show highlights an essential labor force and a senior demographic mostly absent from primetime TV. It simultaneously critiques medical bureaucracy, the high cost of American health care, union dispute-resolution and the callousness of patients’ grown children (one played by a petulant Molly Shannon). It is funny and painful, often at the same time.

The show stars Alex Borstein (of “Family Guy” fame) as Dawn Forchette, an insecure and occasionally ineffective nurse who tries hard to do right by her patients. Nurse Dawn supervises nurse DiDi Ortley (Niecy Nash from “Reno 911!”), who is less experienced but more capable and naturally empathetic.

The women report to their mostly inept superiors: Jenna James, a neurotic, ambitious doctor (Laurie Metcalf from “Roseanne”), and head nurse Patsy De La Serda (Mel Rodriguez from “Community”), who busies himself with consumer-satisfaction surveys, decorations and happy slogans instead of patient care.

While staff members are the show’s focus, patients and visiting family members are also portrayed, often with tender hilarity. There’s the disoriented Asian patient whose loud monologue Dawn and DiDi — in a sidesplitting scene critics love — imitate in an effort to get “something Chinese-y” (Khmer, it turns out) translated via a telephone language line.

There’s the mentally ill, high-strung bully who hurls racist epithets at the nurses, only to have her vomit wiped up by DiDi, who is African-American. And longtime patient Birdy gets caught fellating and having sex with her octogenarian boyfriend, after which she suffers the humiliation of having to get consent from her adult sons.

“Getting On” creators Will Scheffer and Mark V. Olsen, the married couple and team behind HBO’s “Big Love,” based the show on a BBC program of the same name and their own experiences. In a recent interview with NPR’s Terri Gross, Olsen said, “Both Will and I have, over the course of the last 5 to 10 years, been devoted to the care of our mothers, who are aging.… An additional item for me on this show is going through my mother’s care and going through it with her extended team of caregivers. There’s such a value to the work that those people do.”

To train for her role as Nurse DiDi, Nash spent two weeks doing rounds with real nurses at hospitals and senior centers. “I got a chance to see up close the lifestyle, the conditions, the sickness, the inevitability,” she said in a phone interview. Working on the show led her and her husband to visit a Screen Actors Guild senior home and decide to retire there, so as not to burden their children.
As Americans debate Obamacare and aging baby boomers plan their twilight years, ‘Getting On’ highlights an essential labor force and a senior demographic mostly absent from primetime TV.

Mike Smith, a real-life Nurse DiDi, has worked at a California extended-care facility for about three years. (Unlike on the TV show, most “LTACs,” for “long term acute care,” are separate from general hospitals.) During hectic 12-hour shifts, Smith — who asked that his name be changed in this story for fear of losing his job — tends to patients, instructs family members on end-of-life decision-making, covers for other nurses and navigates the red tape of Medicare and private insurance.

“I thought (the job) was going to be, ‘Hey, Mrs. Jones, do you want some ice chips?’ but it’s a lot of poop and death,” Smith said. “Quite a few of the patients are elderly and have multiple, heavy-duty problems. For many people, it’s their last stop.” Elders at a neighboring retirement home call his workplace “heaven’s waiting room,” he said.

The emotional and physical labor of LTACs is relentless, as depicted in episode four of “Getting On,” when Nurse DiDi works the night shift all alone. And yet, “Generally, these extended-cares pay very poorly,” said Margie Keenan, 64, secretary of the California Nurses Association. “I don’t know if our society really values our seniors,” and the same goes for their caretakers, she said.

On the show, Nurses DiDi and Dawn belong to a union, but this is still rare for extended-care and nursing-home employees, whose wages and benefits are, on average, much lower than those of comparable hospital workers. Several weeks ago, Kindred Hospital Westminster, in Westminster, Calif., became the first regional LTAC to join the California Nurses Association, by an overwhelming vote.

Keenan, a fan of “Getting On,” sees the show as very realistic, despite its slapstick moments. The bonding between nurses and patients, hospitals’ “dumping” patients on clinics and long-term facilities, the pressure to discharge them as soon as possible, understaffing, superficially cheery messaging and occupational hazards like exhaustion and heavy lifting — they are all a daily reality, she said.

Elder care is a pressing national concern. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that by 2050 one-fifth of the population will be 65 or older, with a rapidly growing segment older than 85. In 2010, the average cost of a semiprivate room in a nursing home exceeded $6,200 per month, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. And the Pew Research Center found last year that nearly half of adults in their 40s and 50s face “sandwich generation” duties: While raising or supporting a child, they also have a parent aged 65 or older.

“Getting On” captures and transforms these anxieties through the power of comedy. It has been well received by critics and fans, as much for its complex acting and writing as for the issues it takes on, though HBO has not announced whether there will be a second season. It belongs to the same docu-comedy genre as the British series “Derek” (on Netflix, streaming in the U.S.), starring Ricky Gervais as an autistic helper-saint in a low-budget English nursing home. But “Getting On” avoids “Derek’s” sentimentality and its long flashback sequences set to sad indie rock.

Nurses Dawn and DiDi are compassionate but imperfect and often overwhelmed. Their deadpan expressions mask the absurd, hilarious interactions that drive the show and save viewers from despair.

In the face of dying and death, the surreal becomes a salve, both on TV and in real life. “Every day, I’m going in and watching people prepare to say goodbye to each other forever,” said Smith, the RN in California. “With my wife and me, too, it’s going to be like that. One day, all of a sudden, I’ll just blink — now we’re at the end of our lives!”

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Jan 10
HBO: Interview with Niecy Nash
Posted by Niecy on January 10th, 2014 under The Blog

HBO How does DiDi feel about her co-workers after witnessing their antics during her nightshift?

NIECY NASH She thinks these people are crazy! This is the unraveling; before, she was trying to give everyone a fair shake and understood her role in the pecking order. But after everything happens, she just thinks, “These people are bananas, but this is my crowd. This is the hand I’ve been dealt.”

HBO Is that why she assures Dawn she’s not going anywhere?

NIECY NASH I think her situation is a lot like a marriage. Once you’re in it, there’s a feeling, “Let’s ride it out. It is what is.” I also think that DiDi probably feels like “woe to the patients” if she’s not there. Because somebody has to put them first, before wanting to date Patsy, before wanting to make a new Bristol Stool Chart. Somebody has to be the one to hold the patients’ hands, to brush their hair, to tell them it’s going to be okay.

HBO DiDi’s compassion really sets her apart from the rest of the staff.

NIECY NASH I love that about her. That’s the part of my personality that I bring to this character. That’s why I think we’re the same.

HBO Is that what made DiDi appeal to you more than Dawn?

NIECY NASH Actually, when I read the script, I looked past Dawn at the role that’s now DiDi because I kept seeing the look on her face. I thought it would be so interesting to tell a story just through a look on a character’s face. She has so many moments where she can convey so much without saying a word.

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Jan 10
Niecy Nash Went Through A Two Week Bootcamp To Prepare For Her Role In The Series”Getting On”
Posted by Niecy on January 10th, 2014 under The Blog

Jan 10
JD And Rebecca Asks Niecy Nash If She Has An Elf On Her Shelf
Posted by Niecy on January 10th, 2014 under The Blog

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Jan 10
Niecy Nash Gets Cooking on The View
Posted by Niecy on January 10th, 2014 under The Blog

Clinton and Mario are joined by Niecy Nash to cook a tasty holiday treat: Holiday Toffee.

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Jan 10
Niecy Nash Dishes About Her Role on HBO’s ‘Getting On’ Alicia Menendez
Posted by Niecy on January 10th, 2014 under The Blog

Actress Niecy Nash of HBO’s new series “Getting On” talks to Alicia Menendez about her new book “It’s Hard To Fight Naked” and about finding comedy in everything she does.

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Dec 17
Niecy Nash on The View
Posted by Niecy on December 17th, 2013 under The Blog

Funny lady Niecy Nash from HBO’s Getting On talks about her new show.

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