Nicole Byer Talks Just for Laughs Festival and Not Liking Marvel

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  • Nicole Byer is a multi-talented performer who excels in numerous mediums, together with stand-up comedy, performing, internet hosting actuality reveals, and podcasting.
  • Her vulnerability and willingness to share private tales make her comedy relatable and enjoyable.
  • Nicole Byer is acting at Only for Laughs in Vancouver on the Vogue Theater Friday, February 16 at 9:30pm


Nicole Byer has quite a bit to say, and isn’t afraid to say any of it. The Emmy-nominated performer is totally uninhibited in each medium of her work, which has not solely enabled her to attach with audiences as a slapstick comedian, but in addition as an actress, writer, actuality competitors present host, and podcaster. Byer, who bought her begin within the comedy world as a part of the Upright Residents Brigade, used comedy at first to cope with and escape from the lack of her mother and father (her mom died when she was 16, and her father when she was 21). She then began stand-up comedy, along with performing in sketches and improvising, and hasn’t appeared again — or slowed down.


In 2021, Netflix launched Nicole Byer: BBW (Large Lovely Weirdo), her first full-length particular, which additionally earned her an Emmy nomination for Excellent Writing for a Selection Particular. She additionally hosts the hit actuality baking competitors present Nailed It!, Wipeout with John Cena, and 4 podcasts: Why Gained’t You Date Me?, 90 Day Bae, Greatest Pals!, and Newcomers. Byer continues to construct up her performing credit as properly, having most lately starred in Thelma and The American Society of Magical Negroes, each of which had their premiere at 2024’s Sundance Movie Competition.


Throughout a one-on-one dialog with Collider ahead of her performance at Just for Laughs in Vancouver, Nicole Byer talked about being weak in her work, her pre-show routine, and what she discovered from the comedians that gave her a break early on.


Nicole Byer’s Netflix Particular Would not Maintain Again


COLLIDER: For those who needed to go on a cross-country street journey with a comic, that may’t be Lauren Lapkus or Sasheer Zamata, who wouldn’t it be and why?


NICOLE BYER: Matteo Lane, as a result of he’s one in all my different greatest mates. (Laughs).


Do you know him whenever you had been beginning out?


BYER: When did I meet Matteo? Matteo was dwelling with Sasheer and I used to be in L.A., so anytime I’d go to New York to both work or go to, I’d all the time find yourself at Sasheer’s and Matteo was there. I believe that’s after I met him.


If somebody didn’t know any of your stand-up, what’s the one joke you’d need them to listen to first?


BYER: I do not know. I’ve by no means considered it like that. I do not know. Like, my particular to me is like my child, so to dissect it feels just a little bizarre. However possibly the Shake Shack bit on the finish? That just about encapsulates… I imply, I do not know. I am making an attempt to suppose. (Laughs.) That is powerful. That is actually powerful. The Shake Shack bit or the nurse bit from after I went to the hospital and I broke my leg.


Only for Laughs is a big deal. How has it in comparison with different festivals that you’ve got completed?


BYER: I am making an attempt to suppose. I’ve completed Montreal, Toronto, and I believe one other one? I believe I’ve completed Vancouver however I am undecided. I’ve solely completed the competition, like, completed completed it as soon as and it was very, very enjoyable. The opposite instances had been like, flying in, doing a present, after which leaving. However I’ll say it is like one of many extra enjoyable festivals as a result of there’s extra folks. I’ve by no means been to a school reunion as a result of I did not go to varsity, however I envision it to be like a university reunion or a highschool reunion as a result of it is like everyone in comedy is at JFL. You’ll be able to’t stroll down the road with out working right into a buddy or somebody you have not seen in a minute and being like, “Oh my God, we should always like, get a drink!” And it isn’t just like the factor the place it is like “We must always get a drink” after which you aren’t getting a drink. It is like, “Nicely, I will goodbye, so we’ll get that drink.” It’s enjoyable to meet up with folks and in addition like, do comedy.


One thing that’s nice about your comedy is that you just’re very weak and open and it simply places the viewers comfy straight away since you’re so snug speaking about your self. Have you ever all the time been that approach, or beginning out had been you extra reserved?


BYER: I do not suppose I’ve ever been extra reserved. I believe I’ve all the time simply been very snug telling folks my enterprise. Simply because I do not suppose it is like an anomaly, I do not suppose it is like, “Oh, it is solely me going by this.” If I inform this story, any person on this viewers goes to narrate.


You had been by no means nervous or hesitant with any tales?


BYER: No, I imply, I am going to run some stuff like, if I’ve a query about it, I am going to textual content any person and be like, “This! Good or dangerous?” And in the event that they’re like, “Good” I am like, “Nice” and in the event that they’re like, “I do not know,” I am like (Laughs) “Nicely, let me attempt it.”


While you had been a child, would folks say, “Oh, you’re going to be a comic,” or would folks be shocked, realizing the way you had been rising up?


BYER: I do not suppose folks had been shocked. I do not know. I used to be loud, I talked quite a bit. Yeah, I do not suppose anybody’s shocked. I believe they’re identical to, “Yeah, that is Nicole.”


What’s one thing about you that may shock folks, in the event that they solely know you thru your comedy?


BYER: One thing that may shock folks… that is a very arduous query. As a result of it is like, I do not know — what would I say, “I like lasagna?” (Laughs) I do not know. (Laughs)


Nicely, lasagna’s good. You talked about a few locations in Canada, what’s your favourite metropolis to carry out in? Is there a spot you all the time sit up for?


BYER: Each viewers is form of totally different, however I do love Portland. I really like Austin, New York. I identical to cities. I used to be simply in Minneapolis and that was actually fucking cool. Chicago has been actually good to me. I am on the level the place persons are coming to see me as a result of they need to come to see me versus, like, doing golf equipment the place, like at first of my profession, persons are identical to coming to see no matter comic’s there that weekend and it is likely to be a hit and miss. (Laughs) So, yeah, I am like, in a very nice area the place persons are, you recognize, spending their cash to come back see me. So most of my reveals are simply so enjoyable as a result of it is like persons are followers. It is actually enjoyable to carry out to people who find themselves glad and excited to see you.


When do you are feeling like that shift occurred?


BYER: It was just a little over time, however then largely proper after Nailed It! got here out, folks had been popping out to see me due to Nailed It!, and now I believe persons are fairly properly versed in all of the stuff I’ve completed. It is an awesome combine of people that watched Nailed it!, hearken to my podcasts or watched Grand Crew or, yeah, there’s only a ton of stuff that I’ve completed that they are like, “Oh, I do know her from X,Y, and Z.”


My aunt, I came upon final evening, loves you.


BYER: (Laughs.)


Do you’ve gotten a pre-show routine? Are you somebody that should do the identical factor earlier than each present?


BYER: I haven’t got a pre-show routine, however I typically like having one cocktail. If there’s fruit, I wish to eat fruit, after which I am going to undergo my pocket book after which be like, “Is there anything I wanna add? Is there one thing I wanna minimize? How am I feeling?” After which I will even hearken to the viewers when my opener is on simply to see how they’re responding to her.


Have you ever ever improvised one thing fully on stage, and you then’re like, “Oh, that is going to be in my act forevermore.”


BYER: Oh yeah. Most of my set is like that. I do not write it the way in which most individuals do. Only a few of my jokes are written from prime to backside. Often I simply, like, go, “Oh, is that this a humorous concept?” After which I am going to write a pair punch strains after which get on stage, discuss, see if I might hit the punchlines, after which I report it, after which from there, I will be like, “Oh, if I transfer this right here, transfer that right here, do this right here, then I believe it really works,” after which I am going to attempt it once more. It normally takes me like, three or 4 instances earlier than it’s really proper. I form of like seeing what works and does not work after which I am going to improvise one thing.


What’s a little bit of stand-up recommendation that you just suppose would have benefited you tremendously in case you might inform your youthful self?


BYER: Hm. That, you recognize, bombing is not the tip of the world and bombs are positive. Generally you simply gotta sit in them and actually take pleasure in your self.


I am certain you’ve got discovered quite a bit from bombs too.


BYER: No, I do not suppose I’ve ever discovered something from a bomb aside from, like, some audiences hate you, and that is okay. Since you’ll inform one joke after which it will kill and you then’ll inform that very same joke, identical cadence with the identical phrases to a unique viewers and so they’re like, “Boo!” You’ll be able to’t query the entire thing and go, “Nicely, I assume I’ll throw away that joke.”

Nicole Byer Finds the Punchline First


Is there one thing that you just all the time need to method in your act that you do not know a humorous approach to assault it but?


BYER: I do not suppose so. Usually what occurs is I’ll write, I imply, within the Karen bit, I’ve a line that claims, “Who do you go dwelling to? Who loves you?” And I wrote that in my pocket book. To me it was a humorous concept to be like, “Ugly folks.” (Laughs) However then I used to be like, “Nicely, you possibly can’t simply speak about ugly folks like that. That is not good.” And it simply sat in my pocket book for some time after which I used to be like, “Oh, I might put this with the Karen factor.” So it isn’t like what I am unable to speak about or something. I am going to simply give you a line after which it does not work for something actually… it’s like dropping issues after which being like, “However I like this one line” after which making an attempt to suit it into a unique joke.


You wrote a e-book, you’ve gotten podcasts, you are in films, reveals, stand-up. Together with your podcast, Newcomers, do you’ve gotten a season that you just actually hated, like the subject you simply wished to get it over with? And are you having fun with Batman greater than you thought?


BYER: , folks actually like Batman in a approach that I do not essentially perceive. I do take pleasure in a few of it, but it surely’s in all probability not what you suppose. The Marvel episodes are fairly powerful. I am not a Marvel individual. And it was so humorous as a result of one in all our visitors was like, “You are gonna love Avengers: Endgame. You are gonna be so impressed by Endgame.” And I used to be. I used to be like, “Wow, numerous work went into this, numerous Easter eggs and shit.” Then after we completed [the season of Newcomers], I believe, like the brand new Guardians of the Galaxy got here out, and I used to be like, “Oh, I ought to watch that,” after which I bought midway by and I used to be like, “I do not give a shit about this. (Laughs) I do not need this in my life.” And the identical factor with the brand new Ant-Man film. I used to be like, “Oh, yeah, I bought to observe it,” after which I used to be like, “Wait, I really do not. I am not a Marvel individual and that is okay.” However doing the podcast form of gaslights me into going, “I really like this!”


Did you want actuality reveals earlier than Nailed It! and Wipeout and did your perspective on them change after internet hosting them?


BYER: I do like actuality. RuPaul’s Drag Race is one in all my favourite reveals. I do love children’ baking challenges as a result of there’s nothing funnier than a toddler unhappy. My view hasn’t actually modified about them in any respect. Apart from I do not really feel like anyone prepares the contestants properly, as a result of, it is numerous strain, one. Two, there’s so many cameras on you and that I believe is sort of a bizarre factor to attempt to be pure with. I simply attempt to ensure that everybody has a pleasant time and I discuss to them and I am like, “If something is dangerous, let any person know, in case you’re uncomfortable, let any person know.” However my opinion hasn’t modified. I believe they’re enjoyable.

Appearing Is What Nicole Byer Loves Most


You have got two films at Sundance. Are you hoping to behave extra or is that simply one thing that you just take because it comes alongside? Are you focusing in your performing profession?


BYER: I’d say sure, I’m specializing in my performing profession. Yeah, like I used to be on a present known as Grand Crew for 2 seasons and hopefully this yr I will be on one thing else and hopefully I will be in additional films and stuff. However yeah, performing is… it is the factor I like doing essentially the most.


What was it like performing within the two Sundance initiatives?


BYER: Truly actually fucking cool. I am not an “supply solely” gal. I audition for largely every little thing I get. However The American Society of Magical Negroes was a proposal and it was actually cool and I bought to sit down down with the director and speak about tone and speak about this character, Dede. I do not need to give something away, but it surely’s a really grand half and it is actually thrilling and it is enjoyable and it actually, like, stands out. It was actually enjoyable. It was like, actually, actually cool. After which after I did ADR I bought to see cuts of it and I used to be like, “Oh my God, that is unbelievable.” And he is like “Nicole, like, folks adore it.” It was simply thrilling. After which the opposite one was this film Thelma which I, I simply have like a really small half in it, however I set to work with Parker Posey, which was fucking unbelievable. It was simply actually, actually enjoyable and actually cool and I bought to fulfill June Squibb and she or he’s, you recognize, an icon. I didn’t get to fulfill Richard Roundtree which is gloomy, however I get to share a credit score with him which is fucking cool. Shaft! It’s simply actually unbelievable. Like, it is two actually totally different films that I believe showcase my vary.

Conan O’Brien Has Nicole Byer’s Again


Who’re some comedians that you just suppose folks ought to look out for, and was there any comic that gave you just a little little bit of a break early on?


BYER: A comic I believe you must look out for, there’s this lady named Liz Barlow. She opens for me. I met her in DC. I requested for an area host and she or he was nice. She’s chill. She’s humorous. She’s so fucking humorous. And she or he’s additionally an enormous Black lady and it is humorous to me when folks suppose she’s me. (Laughs) So I’ve taken her on the street with me and she or he’s fucking unbelievable. I really like her a lot. Paul Scheer has been actually, actually nice to me. He produced this present with The Lonely Island known as Get together Over Right here, which was a really short-lived sketch present. He’ll simply throw me in initiatives that he is doing. I did this pilot with him. He’s actually beneficiant and good and all the time thinks of me and that is actually type.


I adore it everytime you’re with Conan O’Brien.


BYER: Oh yeah, Conan’s nice. Conan was my very first late-night look. I used to be the second visitor. I believe there’s one phase or possibly a industrial, I do not keep in mind. However proper after I used to be completed, he was like, “Come again any time you need. You are so humorous.” And now my podcast is on his community. He is been actually nice to me. These white males have been so good to me.


Nicole Byer is acting at Only for Laughs in Vancouver on the Vogue Theater Friday, February 16 at 9:30pm.


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