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Comedian Nicole Byer comes to Legends

| Thursday, April 23, 2015

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If you’ve ever seen an episode of MTV’s “Girl Code” (or “Guy Code” for that matter), you should be ecstatic about the guest comedian coming this Friday to Legends, courtesy of SUB. Nicole Byer is one of the show’s most hilarious comedians, and she is sure to bring plenty of laughs to Notre Dame this weekend.

If you’re unaware, “Girl Code” and “Guy Code” are comedy shows that feature young, up-and-coming comedians talking about topics that we 20-somethings face in our everyday lives. The show can get raunchy at times, as it addresses some of the more awkward moments of our lives, but the comedians hilariously share their personal experiences with absolutely no shame. To get an idea, episode titles range from “Dieting, vacations, neediness and watching sports” to “The morning after, friends of boyfriends, flirting and decorating.” The girls really cover all the bases, making for a great guidebook for all different types of women. “Guy Code” follows a similar format, and each episode always features a few of the “Girl Code” girls in addition to the male comedians.

Perhaps one of the most effective aspects of the show is the diversity of the females (and sometimes males) featured. The women are all different shapes, sizes, hair colors and personalities, so that any girl watching can have someone they at least somewhat relate to. Byer is loud, curly-haired and overweight — something she very much embraces, using her curves to her advantage in all situations.  She is also one of the many African-American comedians on the show; “Girl Code” is pretty racially diverse as far as TV shows go, which is definitely a refreshing change from other popular yet predominately white shows.

Now, “Girl Code” is not by any means the only thing on Byer’s plate. She moved from New York to Los Angeles to pursue her comedy career, and since then she has lengthened her bio quite a bit. Byer has appeared on several famous shows, namely “30 Rock,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “Adult Swim,” “Chelsea Lately” and, according to her MTV bio, a Nestlé commercial that only runs in Israel. In addition, she has been performing improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre since 2010, and she does sketch comedy at UCB Sunset on Maude Night. She has been on countless improv and sketch teams since her arrival in L.A., helping improve her performances as well as meet other similarly hilarious people.

Byer has also been featured in a long list of TV series and shorts. She’s been in several episodes of “CollegeHumor Originals,” a series similar to “Girl Code” except with mostly college-focused content, obviously. She nails any sketch involving crude humor, holding back absolutely nothing. She would be the friend you could come talk to about even the most disgusting, awkward and personal things, because she would be brutally honest and hilarious at the same time.

This Friday, come out to Legends at 10 p.m. to see Nicole Byer live in all her greatness. Students can get in free with a valid Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s or Holy Cross ID. I can only imagine how her raunchy, inappropriate humor will translate over to a Catholic college campus setting.

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