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​Niecy Nash's unexpected journey to comedy

Niecy Nash:

She's been making you laugh on shows like "Reno 911", "Dancing With The Stars" and her latest comedy, "The Soul Man" on TV Land. But Niecy Nash didn't always want to be a comedic actress. The multi –talented star tells AOL.com she had a different dream in mind.

Niecy Nash is probably known best for her raspy voice and natural comedic delivery. But when she sat down with AOL.com's Brian Balthazar, she revealed the dream she's had since she was a child, and it wasn't comedy.

Nash, who will appear live tonight on the season premiere of TV Land's "The Soul Man" caught us by surprise when she said that drama was her true calling. "When I decided to become an actor, it was written in the canvas of my imagination at the age of five, " says Nash. "In my mind's eye I always wanted to be a dramatic actress. I wanted to do things that were extremely dramatic where I was crying and falling out. But comedy presented itself in a way that was more immediate and I was like 'let's go.'"

Delivering on that promise to become a dramatic actress, Nash's second job is on HBO's "Getting On," a dark comedy unlike any other show she's done before. Thought it seems like Nash has the world at her feet now, she's quick to recognize the struggles of her past that have carved her present and future.

"I slept outside overnight to audition for In Living Color..." says Nash, "dressed up like a taco or whatever I was out there doing. I had to do what I had to do what I had to do! But my point is that, was that easy? Driving across town and having to take all of my children when they were smaller to an audition because I didn't have a babysitter? I don't think any journey is going to be easy because your journey is where you grow, it's where you stretch, it's where you become the better parts of yourself."

What would Nash say to her younger self if she had the chance? "I would just probably say stay on the path, because the best is yet to come."

Three cheers to that, Niecy Nash. The best is here and it's on the live premiere of her show with Cedric The Entertainer called "The Soul Man" and it's on tonight just after the live premiere of "Hot in Cleveland" at 10:30pm.

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Kay April 19 2014 at 10:07 PM

Funny? I don't think so! I can not stand to watch her. Not funny at all. When ever she comes onto to a program that I am watching I turn the channel, or if I know she is going to be on a favorite program of mine, I just do not watch. Nothing funny about Niecy at all.

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Susan March 27 2014 at 8:17 AM

I adored Niecy Nash on Reno 911 and Clean House. I wish her new comedy centered around her more.

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cmydgo March 27 2014 at 8:59 AM

It's hard to believe that some of you people actually live on the same planet as i do. I guess people are going to "go negative" until we all destroy each other. #nolove #noheart

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jhm121361 March 28 2014 at 4:12 PM

She was so funny on Clean House I thought she had come from a comedy background! I wish her the best - very funny lady.

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bobwojnar March 28 2014 at 6:34 PM

Im so glade some CLASS is coming to TV...

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SumBreezeHuh March 28 2014 at 7:44 PM

So thankful she took the comedy route. She's a natural. Wish Reno 911 was still on the air ;)

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teach1996 March 28 2014 at 8:31 PM

Great interview Ms. Nash is delightful! I love her on The Soul Man and on Getting on!

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BobbiesType2 March 29 2014 at 4:01 AM

i like her very much, and i have a lot of respect for her as a human being.

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Mostberg March 26 2014 at 11:37 PM

Loved her as the leader in Clean House and not seen her much since. Wishing her well. Lovely and charming lady in more ways than I can say here.

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gjulius681 March 26 2014 at 5:27 PM

Anyone who is good enough to wear Gillian Julius jeelry ( bracelet ) is good enough for me !

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