Breakout stand-up comedian Nicole Byer (Girl Code) will star in her own half hour scripted MTV comedy series loosely based on her own life experiences, Loosely Exactly Nicole
The series revolves around Byer, living in the San Fernando Valley while trying to achieve the Hollywood dream as she navigates friendships, relationships, bills, and everyday life.
During the TCA this past Sunday, Beyer mentioned that one episode in the series will touch on some of the racial stereotypes that actors often times face while auditioning in Hollywood. She shared her real-life experiences dealing with casting directors in Hollywood, and noted that she was constantly asked, “Can you be more urban,” “Can you have more edge?” “I need you to be as black as possible and if you go too black I’ll bring you back.” A few years ago, Beyer also created a viral video alongside fellow UCB alum Sasheer Zamata revolving around stereotypes in casting when it comes to black people in Hollywood (video below).
“Most of it is based on my life. Almost every episode has a nugget from my life in it.” – Nicole Byer
Executive producer Christian Lander wrote the original pilot, and will also serve as the showrunner of the series.
“We were very lucky that we had Nicole in the room with us for breaking stories. … We were able to pull a lot from her life. Everything that Nicole’s done has been pretty crazy, so it’s very easy to pull from.” – Christian Lander
Loosely Exactly Nicole is set to premiere Monday, Sept. 5, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. Check out the trailer below!