While Niecy Nash’s face certainly isn’t new to television viewers (RENO 911, CLEAN HOUSE, THE SOUL MAN), she’s definitely having her moment in 2015, starring in two primetime series. Nash earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Didi Ortley on the HBO comedy GETTING ON. This was such a well deserved nomination, as Nash has incredible comedic timing and her line delivery is spot on every time. But more impressive is what she’s able to convert without uttering a word. Her face can convey empathy, disgust, annoyance and joy effortlessly. Now in its third and final season, GETTING ON is wrapping up Didi’s story but hopefully HBO will be back in business with Niecy Nash soon.
While her performance as Didi is quite and internalized, the FOX dramedy SCREAM QUEENS gives Nash the opportunity to show up and show out as Denise Hemphill, a security guard determined to catch the serial killer terrorizing a college sorority. I suspect Denise has a tie to one of the sorority girls that will be revealed during the final five episodes. Nash gives an over-the-top comedic performance that has me howling in every week. Again, her line delivery is brilliant and I can’t imagine anyone else in the role.
GETTING ON and SCREAM QUEENS gives Niecy Nash an opportunity to showcase herself as a brilliant actress. If Hollywood is smart she’ll get more high profile feature film roles as well.
SCREAM QUEENS is an anthology series so if FOX renews the series for season two, I hope Ryan Murphy has Nash on his short list of actresses to be featured in the new season. If the television academy is smart Ms. Nash will be a multiple Emmy nominee next year.
Check out Niecy Nash in GETTING ON and SCREAM QUEENS below.