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Dec 17
Niecy Nash on Studio 11 Los Angeles
Posted by Niecy on December 17th, 2013 under The Blog

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Dec 17
Niecy Nash Happy Not Playing ‘Sassy Black Friend’ on HBO’s ‘Getting On’
Posted by Niecy on December 17th, 2013 under The Blog

By Yolanda Sangweni
Photo Credit: Rob Ector Photography


Niecy Nash is always up for a challenge. So when her agents told her about a role in HBO’s new comedy Getting On where she didn’t have to be “the sassy Black momma, the sassy Black neighbor or the sassy Black friend,” she jumped.

Nash plays nurse Didi Ortley in the half-hour comedy about a group of women caring for the elderly. Here, she shares why she calls this this a “delicious” character and why roles like this don’t come everyday. You’ve called this a delicious role. What about it is delicious?
Niecy Nash: Because it’s so far from anything that I’ve had to play in such a long time. It’s exciting when you’re still discovering things about not only the character but yourself as a performer. That’s what makes the words taste good in your mouth. It’s like ‘How am I going to say that? How am I going to interpret that? How does this character feel about that?’ That’s the thing that makes it exciting. Is there a part of you that feels like you’ve been typecast?
Nash: I don’t think it’s just me. I think there are a lot of similarities in the roles that come out for Black women. In my career, I’ve been the sassy Black everything, from the sassy Black momma, the sassy Black neighbor, to the sassy Black friend. Roles like this one on Getting On don’t come along every day, where not only are you scrubbed down in the way you look, but the texture and tone rest in a very real place. We just don’t get scripts like that every day.

niecy-nash-getting-on-240 Everyone on the show has no makeup on. It seems very practical.
Nash: You say practical, I say brave, because we are giving you old hags on this one right here. We move around in a world where makeup is so much a part of our lives. Between photo shoots and red carpets and meetings and lunches, you always have to be dolled up; you always have to have your tracks in; you always have to have good eye lashes and glue in your purse because you never know. Because I was filming Monday through Friday, on Saturday I would miss looking glamorous so much I would do a little bit too much. I was missing was the short skirt and the clear heels, my husband was like ‘Where are you going with all that stuff on your face?!’ and I’m just like ‘I don’t know!’ Were you able to sneak in some concealer or something?
Nash: It was like barely anything. Maybe just like a tinted moisturizer. Extended care for the elderly is not necessarily a part of life that you would imagine you could find comedy in.
Nash: I also think that that’s real life though. I think that when you live in a place where death and dying is a part of your daily experience, you find places for humor. When HBO put us in boot camp, we had to follow real nurses around on their shifts and serve the elderly. I was at one hospital and when I tell you that break room was like a party. I was following them around and this person is taking their last breath and this one’s family crying and falling out. But when they walk in that break room it was like a club. I was like ‘What is going on?’ We were eating Filipino food and had the radio up all loud! But I think you have to find the levity in it because it’s so heavy.

Catch Niecy Nash on HBO’s Getting On, Sundays at 10pm ET

Dec 17
Niecy Nash’s Dating Tips on The Doctors
Posted by Niecy on December 17th, 2013 under The Blog

Actress, comedian and author Niecy Nash shares dating strategies from her new book, It’s Hard to Fight Naked. Hear her no-nonsense advice for a hot, happy and healthy relationship. Plus, Niecy undergoes an in-studio procedure to fix an embarrassing beauty blunder that she has been masking for more than a year!

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Dec 13
Niecy Nash on The Queen Latifah Show
Posted by Niecy on December 13th, 2013 under The Blog

Niecy Nash talks about her beautician skills.

Dec 11
Comedian and actress Niecy Nash has viewers cracking in the new HBO show, Getting On.
Posted by Niecy on December 11th, 2013 under The Blog

MYFOXNY.COM – Comedian and actress Niecy Nash has viewers cracking in the new HBO show, Getting On. She plays a nurse caring for aging patients at a dysfunctional hospital.

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Dec 5
Niecy Nash: The Strange Skill She Learned for Her New Show
Posted by Niecy on December 5th, 2013 under The Blog

By Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot – Thu, Dec 5, 2013 10:27 AM EST


Comedian Niecy Nash knew that her role on HBO’s “Getting On” would be far different from her role on “Reno 911,” but she didn’t know just how drastic the change would be. “HBO scrubbed us down to nothing,” Niecy says, as she was asked to take off her makeup, fake eyelashes, and beloved shapewear. “If you don’t recognize me, here’s a hint: I’m the black one.”

Niecy was also surprised when she found out that she had to go through a hospital boot camp to learn medical skills for the dark comedy, which follows doctors and nurses caring for aging patients. “Medical, elderly, hospice, all of these things prior to ever rolling tape,” she says of the training. “You need me to give you a checkup? Cuz I can.”

Before she achieved success as an actress, Niecy had a slew of failed jobs. “I worked at McDonald’s for one day and was fired,” she recalls. She also worked for an airline company and at a mall makeup counter, where she was brutally honest. One girl asked Niecy to make her look like Janet Jackson, to which the actress replied, “Take a picture of Janet and tape it to your forehead, honey — it’s makeup, not magic. Who’s next?”

To hear Niecy’s best relationship advice, check out this episode of “Daily Shot.”

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Nov 27
Niecy Nash Explains Her Kardashian Booty Rivalry
Posted by Niecy on November 27th, 2013 under The Blog

Niecy Nash tells Arsenio what was behind her booty pic and what it has to do with Kim Kardashian

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Nov 27
Niecy Nash Keeps Her Man Happy
Posted by Niecy on November 27th, 2013 under The Blog

Niecy Nash has a great method to keep her man happy, and you won’t believe how she does it.

Nov 25
Niecy Nash on her new HBO comedy ‘Getting On’: ‘We are not doing ‘Scrubs,’ okay?’
Posted by Niecy on November 25th, 2013 under The Blog

Entertainment Weekly
By Samantha Highfill on Nov 25, 2013 at 10:30AM @samhighfill

Niecy Nash is trying something new. The comedic actress and author is currently starring in HBO’s latest half-hour comedy Getting On, a far cry from her days as the loud-mouthed Raineesha Williams on Reno 911!

From the writers of Big Love, Getting On tells the story behind the doctors and nurses of the Billy Barnes Extended Care Unit of Mt. Palms Hospital in Long Beach, California. A remake of the BBC series by the same name, the comedy stars Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, and Nash as three women who spend their days helping the elderly live their day-to-day lives.We caught up with Nash to talk about her latest career choice, and Getting On‘s pilot, which aired Sunday.

What attracted you to this project? How did you get involved?
NIECY NASH: I had had a meeting with my agent and I just said, “Why don’t you guys try to think outside the box in auditions for me? I just want to do something different.” My agent called me back and said, “There’s this project, you should go in and read for it. He sent it to me and I was like, “Oh my goodness, this is delicious. You’re right.” And when I went in and read for it, I actually went in and read for the part that Alex Borstein plays, Dawn Forchette. I read for a different part, and I asked them when I was there, could I read for the part of Nurse Didi Ortley. And at first they said no, because in the BBC version, that character is a 60-year-old white woman. But they allowed me. I was very persuasive and they allowed me to read for her. And it has been the biggest blessing, because it has definitely taken me out of my comfort zone in a major way.

It’s such a different role for you.
So different! It’s deliciously different.

So what was your favorite thing about playing Didi? She seems to be the quiet one, and from what I saw, she’s kind of the moral center of the group.
What I love about her is that she’s every woman. I love the fact that you kind of get to discover this world through her eyes. That has made it so interesting to play her. I have had the best time with HBO, not to mention the fact that HBO is extremely thorough. They put us in two weeks worth of boot camp prior to this, where we had to shadow real nurses on their rounds, we had to serve the elderly, we had to visit hospice care, we had a medical technician who we had to take classes with. It was serious.

That must’ve been so interesting.

I was like “Wow. I’m glad they didn’t ask me to have a baby in this series, I would be somewhere pregnant right now.”

There aren’t many, if any, shows about an extended care unit, especially not comedies about it.
No and there’s a lot of comedy in it, I’ll tell you that. But you know what I’m happy about too is it is a place that a lot of Americans have found themselves, whether you’re taking care of a parent or a grandparent, an in-law, an outlaw, it is a very real place that people find themselves in every single day. So I’m happy that we turned the camera around on it, and I couldn’t be co-laboring with better ladies. Laurie Metcalf is brilliant. Alex Borstein can improv at the drop of a dime. It really was a very delicious experience.

How much did improv play a role in this show?
One of the impressions I got initially was that they had not planned on it, and then I showed up. And then Alex showed up. And the next thing you know, we were kind of doing things and it was like, “Hey wait a minute, we like that. Can you keep that in?” And then that kind of turned into where we were allowed to get some takes where we could just play. And Laurie always said, “I don’t improv. I go by the script. I don’t know what to say, so don’t say the wrong thing.” But she met us where we were and it all came together. It’s funny when we watch it because we never know, of the stuff that we throw in, what’s going to make it. Like when I watched last night, that whole bit about all the Jacksons having perfect teeth? That was strictly a make-me-up. And I was so surprised that it was in there.

We have to talk about that translation scene in the pilot. Was that just a field day for you all? Did you lose it?
You know what? We honestly did very good I think at holding it together. It was the crew, the camera men, it was those people who were laughing. We tried to wait until we finished it to laugh, but it’s like, “Okay, can we do it over because the crew was giggling in the background?” But yeah, that was a good time.

You all have filmed all six episodes at this point, correct?
Everything is in the can and now we have our prayers go up and our fingers crossed that it’s well received.

Is there an episode or a Didi moment you’re most excited for fans to see?
That’s a hard question because there are so many little fun moments that I really enjoyed, but in episode 2, I have a very difficult, very difficult patient who is not medicated, who has dementia, she’s a racist, she’s just a very busy, busy woman. And she and I have a lot of interesting scenes together that I really enjoyed filming.

I can’t think of any other comedy that it reminds me of on TV. When you first looked at the script, was there anything that came to mind?
It’s so funny that you say that because I do not. I do not have anything that I think it’s like. Not in America. It’s much like the BBC version, but in our American catalog of TV shows, I can’t call anything that I say it reminds me of. Because not only does it feel fresh, but we’re playing in a world that we haven’t seen yet in a comedy. Not this sort of a comedy. It’s a dark comedy about extended care. We are not doing Scrubs, okay? That’s not the story we’re telling right now. It almost feels like a documentary, and the good thing about the way we filmed it was that the cameras were, a lot of times, far back, so we’re just having a conversation and then you may turn your head to the side and see a camera peeking out from behind from behind the couch and you’re like, “Oh yeah.” It gave you that room to really connect with each other, which is the reason why it seems docu-style.

I love that it’s about three women. There aren’t a ton of comedies centered around women …
Especially not women that look like old hags! Girl, they didn’t let us wear make-up. You can probably find some comedies with some pretty girls in it, but I don’t know what HBO was thinking. They were like take off that makeup. Tie your hair up. I was talking to Alex Borstein and we were talking about the fact that maybe if we make it to the cover of a magazine the title was going to read “These Brave Actresses” because we look so horrible.

As your fans start tuning in, what do you want to say to them?
I just want to say that I’m very happy that HBO saw me in a different light. And I’m so happy to share this new experience with my fans. It’s very different from Reno 911!, very different from what I do on The Soul Man with Cedric the Entertainer, and I think my fans will be excited and pleased. That’s my hope.

Getting On airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on HBO.

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Nov 24
Arise Entertainment 360
Posted by Niecy on November 24th, 2013 under The Blog

Actress Niecy Nash,starring in a new HBO comedy series, “Getting On,” which debuts on November 24th drops by to talk about the show and her career.

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Nov 23
Niecy Nash stars in HBO’s ‘Getting On’ in S2S Magazine
Posted by Niecy on November 23rd, 2013 under The Blog

Fans know Niecy Nash from “Clean House,” “Reno 911,” “The Soul Man” and her short-lived reality show, but they’ll see another side of the actress when her HBO series premieres Sunday.

Niecy co-stars with Laurie Metcalf and Alex Bornstein in the new show, “Getting On,” whose premise doesn’t really sound that funny at first.

“We play nurses who take care of geriatric patients,” Niecy said. “Spicy geriatric patients. They’re fussing. They’re fighting. They’re having sex. They’re doing all sorts of things.”

As with many HBO comedy series, the humor isn’t in-your-face slapstick. There’s no laugh track and the actresses’ dry delivery may leave some viewers wondering whether the humor is deliberate.

“Everything is played very small and just very real and that’s where the comedy comes from,” she told KTLA Fox 5. That’s a change for Niecy, but she’s up for the challenge.

“This is really a departure for me. You see me very different. I think people will be pleasantly surprised. I think they’ll say, ‘We didn’t know she could do that,’” she said. “I knew it was different, but I knew I could do it. It’s still very funny.”

While fans will get to see Niecy in a different kind of role, they’ll also notice that her appearance is not what they’re used to.

“It is the one job I have had in this industry where you can come to work looking like anything. The more tired, the more haggard you are, they love it. There’s no glamorous hair. There’s no makeup,” she Niecy who won’t be rocking the “Clean House” flower in her hair.

“We are so raw and so vulnerable…You might not recognize me. It’s HBO who made me just take all of the beauty down. Take off the pretty hair; take off the eyelashes; take off the Spanks,” she said. “Rude!”

See Niecy in “Getting On” below and tune in Sunday at 10 p.m. EST for the premiere.

Episode 1 Clip: Turd On Chair

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Nov 14
Niecy Nash Dishes On Her New HBO Show on KTLA Morning News
Posted by Niecy on November 14th, 2013 under The Blog

The one and the only Niecy Nash tells about her new HBO show ‘Getting On.’

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