Nicole Byer on a Hollywood red carpet.

Nicole Byer on a Hollywood red carpet.

“Nothing is ever good and it all looks wild.”

That’s what comedian Nicole Byer told late-night host Seth Myers about the food on her cooking competition show, a Netflix series called “Nailed It!”

Sound crazy? Why would you ever watch a food show like that? Well, disaster is kind of the point of “Nailed It” — where contestants are asked to make Instagram-worthy desserts, and it almost never works out the way the picture suggests.

Byer is just telling it like it is. That’s pretty much her M.O. But she’s honest that writing comedy isn’t always easy for her. She told Vulture, “[i]t’s not something that comes natural. I have to sit down and go, ‘Nicole, you need to do s—t. You got a mortgage.’”

But in typical Byer fashion, she flips her struggle to write into a tip for the public.
“But I’m being smart about my money. I think sometimes people aren’t asking for enough money. Money is important. Know your worth.”

She became a star on the MTV show “Girl Code,” dispensing witticisms like “If your boyfriend’s dog hates you, maybe you should, like, reflect on who you are as a person” and “Remember the Great Depression when no one had any money or food? That’s me right now. I am the Great Depression.”

But for all of the cultural criticism and hot takes surrounding comedy, Byer knows what she loves about it. “Comedy can do so much more than make you laugh,” she told Bustle. “But for me, personally, I’m in it for the laughs and the chuckles.”

She’s talking to us about her show, her career in comedy and of course, leaving us with some quotable gems.

Produced by Jonquilyn Hill and Paige Osburn.


  • Nicole Byer Comedian; host, "Nailed It"

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