Actress and comedian Niecy Nash has starred on ‘Reno 911!’ and ‘The Soul Man.’ She also hosted the reality show ‘Clean House.’
Niecy Nash first rose to fame with the comedy Reno 911! in 2003 and has worked steadily ever since. Nash has starred on such sitcoms as The Soul Man and Getting On and hosted the popular reality show Clean House. Her latest role is in the new horror comedy series Scream Queens.
Early Life and Career
Born on February 23, 1970, in Los Angeles, California, Niecy Nash is a comedian, actress and TV personality. She spent her early years in St. Louis, Missouri. There Nash discovered her life's dream when she was 5 years old. As she explained to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, she was watching television with her grandmother when "a beautiful black woman" appeared on screen. The woman in question turned out to be entertainer Lola Falana, and Nash "knew right then that's what I wanted to be. I wanted to be black, fabulous and on TV."
Nash moved back to California around the age of 8. When she was 15, she nearly lost her mother. Her mother had been shot by her boyfriend, but she managed to recover from her injuries. Nash's younger brother, however, was later a victim of gun violence. He was shot to death at school. After her brother's death, Nash watched her mother sink into a deep depression. She started telling jokes to her mother to help raise her spirit. Nash told People magazine "That's when I realized comedy was a gift."
Nash earned a degree in Theater from California State University, Dominguez Hills, but she had a tough time landing parts after graduation. Her first big break came when she landed a role on the 1995 film Boys on the Side starring Whoopi Goldberg and Drew Barrymore. She went on to appear in Robert Altman's 1999 dramatic comedy Cookie's Fortune.
On the small screen, Nash started with guest appearances on such shows as Party of Five and City of Angels. She soon moved on to Reno 911!, the popular spoof of the documentary series Cops. On this sitcom, which debuted in 2003, Nash brought the laughs as Deputy Raineesha Williams. She also landed a recurring role as comedian Bernie Mac's sister on The Bernie Mac Show around this time.
Nash put her comedic skills to tackle reality TV as well. She became the host of Clean House, a show that helped homeowners cut down on their clutter. Nash also did voice work for a number of animated series, including Kid Notorious and American Dad!. In 2008, she starred in her own sitcom, Do Not Disturb, co-starring with Jerry O'Connell. This series proved to be short lived, but Nash never slowed down for a second.
In 2010, Nash put on her dancing shoes to compete on Dancing With the Stars. She didn't win her season, but she added to her growing fan base. Two years later, Nash began starring in the TV comedy The Soul Man with Cedric the Entertainer. She also had a leading role in the HBO hospital sitcom Getting On. The role earned Nash her first Emmy nomination. In 2014, Nash made guest appearances on The Mindy Project. In 2015 she moved on to the horror comedy Scream Queens with Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Nash has three children, son Dominic and daughters Donielle and Dia, from her first marriage to Don Nash. The pair divorced in 2007. In 2011, Niecy married electrical engineer Jay Tucker. Their nuptials became the subject of a TV special entitled Niecy Nash's Wedding Bash. TV viewers were able to follow the couple's efforts to blend their families together (Tucker has a son of his own) in Leave It to Niecy in 2012.