Loosely Exactly Nicole creator spills on marrying for money and what else to expect
Loosely Exactly Nicole
There’s a new millennial appearing on TV screens this fall, and her name is Nicole. Brassy, witty, and with a lot on her plate, Nicole is an L.A.-based nanny by day and an aspiring actress by night – a background that, as it turns out, is pretty similar to Nicole Byers, the comedian behind the character.
“It’s loosely, exactly based on my life,” says Byers, who stars as the titular character. “Not every episode is completely and utterly verbatim my life but then there are some episodes that are.”
Judging from last week’s premiere, that includes plenty of exploration about love (did you catch that chocolate pie reference?), battles between BFFs and air conditioning bills, all bundled into a 30-minute format that explores mishaps and mistakes from a feminine perspective – albeit with a hefty dose of comedy.
“I like to laugh and to feel good, and I like to make other people laugh and feel good,” shares Byers. “I’m not afraid to get silly.”
Byers promises that will continue to be the case, even when the show touches on serious topics like race in Hollywood, with an upcoming show arc inspired by a “Be Blacker” skit that Byers wrote and performed while at UCB.
Stocked with a writers room that’s largely female (“Women like to take care of each other,” she says), Byers claims that like her inspiration, Louie, she doesn’t plan on holding back — even if her real-life stories aren’t standard primetime comedy fodder.
“On one episode, I get married to a man for money and he gets married to me for a green card,” says Byers, laughing. “Now I can talk about it because the statute of limitations is up… I truly have no shame.”
Loosely Exactly Nicole airs Mondays at 10:30 p.m. on MTV.