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Everything to Know About Grand Crew's Nicole Byer
The comedian, actress, and prolific podcaster has appeared across TV from Brooklyn Nine-Nine to Nailed It.
NBC's comedy Grand Crew just kicked off Season 2 in March, and fan-favorite Nicky (Nicole Byer) is back with her drama-packed, tight-knit Los Angles friend group. As viewers gear up for a lot more "wine down" moments on the show, Byer's career is doing anything but winding down.
Fresh off of hosting multiple successful television shows and award-winning podcasts, Byer's stardom is only on the rise. Walk through her comedy roots and current projects with us in anticipation of more show-stopping Nicky scenes this spring.
Nicole Byer's Improv Comedy Roots & Early Career Highlights
Byer graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy Certificate Program and immediately began pursuing a career in comedy.
She joined the Upright Citizens Brigade, a comedy school and performance space co-founded by Amy Poehler, doing improv and other performance and writing. She co-starred in a UCB web series, "Pursuit of Sexiness" with Saturday Night Live alum Sasheer Zamata; the show was named one of Variety's Top 10 Web Series of 2013.
After gaining momentum in the comedy world, Byer landed a role in Girl Code, had a cameo in 30 Rock, and then received her own show called Loosely Exactly Nicole.
Nicole Byer's Roles in Brooklyn Nine-Nine & Other Shows
As her name became better known in the comedy world, Byer began landing roles on popular comedies such as The Good Place, Archer, and Tuca & Bertie. Fans likely also remember Byer's showstopping role in Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Trudy Judy, the younger sister of fan-favorite villain Doug Judy (Craig Robinson).
Trudy Judy never failed to shock the detectives of Brooklyn Nine-Nine—Byer's delivery always left audiences laughing and wanting more, like when she waltzed into the precinct and said she needed a dog-sitter so she could go parasailing.
Nicole Byer's Award-Winning Podcasts
When she's not making us laugh on-screen, Byer shows off her comedy skills in popular podcasts.
Her friendship with Zamata, dating back to their UCB web series, has blossomed into a hosting duo that fans cannot get enough of. In an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Zamata talked about their aptly named show, Best Friends.
"We've just been performing and writing and working together for 13 years," Zamata told Clarkson. "It's the first person I met where I can see her all day and then split up, we'll call each other, and talk about the day we just had."
Byer also co-hosts a podcast about the reality show 90 Day Fiancé, called 90 Day Bae. She and her counterpart, Brooklyn Nine-Nine writer Marcy Jarreau, call themselves "best friends who love watching 90 Day Fiancé and talking s--- about it after over text."
Byer also won the 2021 iHeart Radio Podcast Award for "Best Female Host" for her viral Team Coco show Why Won't You Date Me? In the podcast, Byer invites funny friends and coworkers to talk about their dating life in attempt to figure out why they are still single.
Nicole Byer's Emmy-Nominated Reality TV Host Gigs
Byer's hosting prowess doesn't stop at podcasts, though. The comedian has had a great deal of success bringing her quick-witted humor to reality television. Byer has starred as the host and face of the cooking show Nailed It since its launch in 2018. Nailed It is all about kitchen nightmares, giving Byer the perfect opportunity to turn major fails into major laughs.
For her work on that show, she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Competition Program in 2020, 2021, and 2022. As an executive producer on the show, Byer also received nominations for Outstanding Competition Program in 2021 and 2022.
Byer also co-hosted the show Wipeout, in which contestants must make it through a chaotic, colorful obstacle course but often meet their doom before the finish line. This again provided Byer with a chance to make comedic lemonade out of contestants' lemon moments.
Nicole Byer's Stand-Up Special and Book
Byer's Emmy successes in 2022 also included a nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for her stand-up special, Big Beautiful Weirdo. The show begins with Byer clad in a hamburger bikini, twirling on a pole; “I told them, 'I want to do something big,'” she told THR of the beautiful comedic chaos.
In 2020, Byer also published a humorous book, called #VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE: The Fat Girl’s Guide to Being #Brave and Not a Dejected, Melancholy, Down-in-the-Dumps Weeping Fat Girl in a Bikini.
Keep up with Byer's comedic antics in Grand Crew on Fridays 8:30/7:30c on NBC, and stream it the next day on Peacock.