Watch Nicole Byer Rep' For Big Black Women: I'm 'Getting Paid To Just Be Me'

She also shared with ESSENCE why she's "very fat" and "very brave."
Danielle Young Dec, 17, 2018

Comedienne Nicole Byer got a sweet deal hosting Nailed It! on Netflix, a show where notoriously bad cooks try to recreate something edible for a chance at $10,000. And the seriously funny gal knows that her hosting this show hasn’t come easy — especially in a a place like Hollywood that doesn’t always value women like Nicole.

“When I see a friend go out for a part, and I’m like [to my agent], ‘Can I go out for it?’ And they’re like, ‘I don’t know if they’re considering people who look like you.’ Then I have to sell myself, like I want to go out for this!” Byer told ESSENCE recently, noting that she doesn’t just want to audition for roles that call for the big funny friend.

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“I am an archetype. There’s the fat, sassy Black friend, you know? That’s an archetype that exists, but that’s not truly me,” Byer continued. “What I needed to do was carve our parts for me, roles for me that weren’t just the sidekick, where I got to be the lead because that’s breaking through.”

And speaking of breaking through, the 32-year-old comedian has certainly done so as the host of Nailed It! It’s on this show that we get to see Byer be herself — a bubbly and hilarious burst of energy.

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The show is addicting to say that least. You’re basically watching at-home bakers attempt to make depth-defying confections, all while being laughed at by Byer for their lack of skills. It’s good TV!

Get to know a little more about what makes Byer tick and why she compares herself to Garfield — yes, the orange cartoon cat — in the video above.