Moderated by comedian, author, and television personality Sherri Shepherd, join us for a conversation with Emmy®-winning producer and twice-nominated actress, Niecy Nash—star of TNT’s CLAWS—as she shares her insight and learnings throughout her multi-faceted career.
A Master Class with Niecy Nash
Sunday, June 23, 3:00 PM
Niecy Nash is a multi-talented Emmy®-winning producer and twice-nominated actress. Her multifaceted career includes roles in HBO's Getting On, which has earned her two Emmy nominations, FOX's Scream Queens, Showtime's Masters of Sex and TV Land's The Soul Man. Nash currently stars in the lead role of "Desna" in Claws on TNT.
Nash was the host and producer of the Style Network's home makeover show, Clean House, which became the network's #1 program. Her work earned her two Daytime Emmy® nominations, and The American Women In Radio & Television honored Nash with the 2007 Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Program Host. In addition, she was seen regularly as a celebrity panelist on the top-rated entertainment news program The Insider on CBS.
Nash is well-known for her role as no-nonsense "Officer Raineesha Williams" on the hilarious Comedy Central hit, Reno 911!, a half-hour unscripted spoof of Cops that aired for six seasons. The show was so popular, it was spun-off into a feature film, Reno 911: Miami, in 2007. Nash went on to star in her own FOX comedy series, Do Not Disturb, opposite Jerry O'Connell, in 2008.
Nash has had featured roles in the films Guess Who, opposite Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher; Code Name: The Cleaner, opposite Cedric the Entertainer and Lucy Liu; Not Easily Broken, based on the best-selling book by Bishop T.D. Jakes; and the Walt Disney Pictures summer blockbuster release G-Force, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
Nash's television credits are another testament to her talent. Her style, humor and quick wit garnered her a stint as a correspondent on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Niecy will star in the upcoming Netflix mini-series When They See Us, directed by Ava Duvernay and based on the true story. She is also well known for her recurring role on the Peabody Award-winning comedy series The Bernie Mac Show, portraying Bernie's uproarious baby sister, "Benita." Other recurring roles include TV's Presidio Med, That's Life, Popular and City of Angels. Also included on her resume are guest-starring roles on such top-rated series as My Name Is Earl, Monk, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Girlfriends, NYPD Blue, That's So Raven, One on One, Judging Amy and Reba.
Additionally, Nash is developing various television and film projects through her own production company, Chocolate Chick, Inc. In her rare spare time, she is devoted to church and participating at charitable functions in support of causes that are close to her heart, including the prevention and awareness of HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, school violence and domestic abuse, among others. In July 2018, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Nash with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to celebrate her career.
Whether on stage or screen, actress, comedienne and best-selling author Sherri Shepherd's magnetic personality and hilarious sense of humor never fails to delight audiences.
Shepherd has several television and film projects releasing this year including a role in the current Netflix movie "Walk.Ride.Rodeo;" a co-starring role in the upcoming Netflix comedy series, "Mr. Iglesias" on June 21st; and has recently been tapped to host the new Game Show Network show, "Best Ever Trivia."
In her first dramatic lead film role, Shepherd will co-star in the upcoming biopic "BRIAN BANKS," with Aldis Hodge, Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear, in theaters August 2019. The biopic tells the story of Banks (Hodge), an All-American high school football player committed to USC by his junior year whose life was upended in 2002 when he was falsely accused of rape.
She also serves as a weekly co-host of the nationally syndicated radio program "The Tom Joyner Morning Show" and has been busy touring on the successful "Ladies Night Out" Comedy Tour with fellow female comics Loni Love, Nene Leakes and Adele Givens.
No stranger to daytime TV, her role as co-host of "The View" during seasons 11-17 helped earn the seminal talk show its only Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 2009. That same year, she and her co-hosts were included in the list of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" by Time magazine, and Forbes ranked the show's hosts No. 11 among the top "30 of the Most Influential Women in Media." Shepherd returned to "The View" as a contributor for Season 19.
Shepherd has co-starred in several primetime series, including NBC sitcom "Trial and Error," "Man With a Plan", "Less Than Perfect", "Suddenly Susan," "How I Met Your Mother," "Everybody Loves Raymond", "The Jamie Foxx Show" and as Tracy Morgan's firecracker of a wife on the Emmy Award-winning series "30 Rock "Rosewood," starring Morris Chestnut. In addition to executive producing and starring in her own Lifetime sitcom, "Sherri," Shepherd received strong reviews in the lead role of Joy White in the Lifetime movie "Abducted: The Carlina White Story." She also starred in her own Epix comedy stand-up special, "Sherri Shepherd: It's My Time to Talk" and served as an executive producer and host of the cooking series "Holy & Hungry."
Shepherd became the first African American woman to host a game show, serving as host of the highly rated "The Newlywed Game" for four seasons. She co-executive produced and hosted WEtv's "Match Made in Heaven," the only dating show to feature an African American man. Under Shepherd's reign, the critically acclaimed Season 2 series tripled its ratings from Season 1.
On the film side, Shepherd co-starred with Katherine Heigl in "One for the Money" and with Chris Rock in "Top Five." Additionally, she has co-starred in such movies as the award-winning "Precious," "Woodlawn," "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," "Guess Who," "Who's Your Caddy," "Beauty Shop" and "Ride Along 2," starring Kevin Hart.
Shepherd also enjoyed a successful run in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway hit "Love, Loss and What I Wore" and she broke new ground on stage by playing the first African-American to portray the Evil Stepmother in Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella."
As author of the New York Times bestseller "Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes (Even If You Don't Have It)," Shepherd shares her passion for maintaining good health. She also penned the humorous "Permission Slips: Every Woman's Guide to Giving Herself a Break."
Shepherd deems motherhood as her greatest and most rewarding accomplishment. Well acquainted with the tragedy and triumph of raising a child with special needs, she has partnered with the YAI National Institute to raise awareness for children and adults with disabilities.
Shepherd is the grateful mother of her 13-year old son, Jeffrey.