Story by Jamie Foster Brown
When actress Niecy Nash landed her sitcom “Do Not Disturb” last year fans rejoiced. The show was created as a vehicle for her style of funny. But three episodes in, FOX canceled it. S2S Publisher Jamie Foster Brown called Niecy to find out how she was handling the loss of such a great opportunity. After all, Niecy had worked hard to get to that point. She rose to fame by holding down two jobs at the same time. Some fans fell for her while she was wearing a fake booty and baby hair as Deputy Raineesha Wiliams on Comedy Central’s “Reno 911!.” And others loved her as a no-nonsense host of the Style Network’s “Clean House.”
In this interview you learn that Niecy is fine, honey. Before she could get too disappointed about the can-celation of “Do Not Disturb,” the producers of “Reno 911!” were on the phone asking her to return. And what many people didn’t know is that she still was always planning to return to “Clean House.” She also had a plane ticket to Africa for a trip she had planned before the show came about. When she talked to Jamie she had just returned from the motherland. And she stars in the T.D. Jakes film Not Easily Broken, in theaters now.
Of course, this interview goes way deeper than Niecy’s career. Niecy has a handsome new man in her life and discussed how they got together and why she waited a year before introducing him to her three children. She also shares funny bloopers from her time as the first lady of her ex-husband’s church. Read on to find out why Niecy has such a big smile on her face.
Jamie: What am I going to do with this baby that’s been to Africa and everything?
Niecy: Who told you that? Did I tell you that?
Jamie: You told me you’ve been in Africa. Were you feeling a little queasy after you came back?
Niecy: No, I wasn’t feeling queasy; I was sick!
Jamie: Right. We talked about that a little bit. Did I tell you that’s because you didn’t take me?
Niecy: No, you didn’t tell me that, but next time I’ll know.
Jamie: Oh girl, I’m preventative.
Niecy: Oh, then I need to take you with me everywhere!
Jamie: Did you have a good time over there?
Niecy: Oh my goodness. Did I ever!
Jamie: Did people know you over there?
Niecy: It was like Oprah was walking around Fox Hills Mall. I couldn’t believe it! How do all these Africans know me? At first I thought they were just friendly. I’m just like, oh, they’re smiling and waving to me; these people are so nice! And the next thing I know, they’re like, “Who wants to clean house?” I was like, alright! They were singing it. I recorded so many people on video saying that they knew the show, they loved the show; a lot of people did impressions of me. I was like wow. “Clean House” is very big in South Africa.
Jamie: You’re getting that back again?
Niecy: I was always going back. There has only been people standing in the gap because I have other jobs. “Clean House” is not all I do; it’s just one thing I do. As soon as I wrap “Reno 911!,” I go straight back.
Jamie: You’re doing “Reno 911!” right now?
Niecy: As we speak. Back here in the baby hair and the booty, yeah.
Jamie: [laughs] How long does it take for you to put that booty on, girl?
Niecy: The booty I wear underneath my uniform takes two seconds. But that other booty that I wear with a swimming suit or something? Takes about 15 minutes to get it in and get it right.
Jamie: You pull it up or what?
Niecy: [laughs] Yes.
Jamie: Do you use plaster or glue it?
Niecy: They put plaster on my body; they made a mold of my body from my waist to my feet. They built it out and painted it to match my skin color. So I have to kind of step into it, glide into it, as it were. It’s like being one of The Klumps.
Jamie: Oh, I see what you’re saying. Well, now, Miss Thing.
Niecy: What? You know I always get nervous when you call me “Miss Thing” because I know you’re really going to go in and ask me something.
Why would Jamie call Niecy Miss Thing?! Find out when you pick up the February 2009 Issue of Sister 2 Sister, on stands now!