Nancy Giles

CBS Sunday Morning Contributor
CBS Sunday Morning contributor Nancy Giles is a comedian, actress, and social commentator. Since 2002 her work on the Peabody Award-winning CBS News Sunday Morning has earned her 5 Emmy Awards for her unique blend of common-sense wisdom, laugh-out-loud humor, social and political commentary, and interviews. A funny, perceptive, and provocative observer of today’s world, Giles examines topics ranging from politics and race to pop culture and body image. She has been a guest on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, The Beat with Ari Melber, and All In with Chris Hayes.

Giles is a veteran of Chicago’s esteemed Second City improv troupe, appeared Off-Broadway in Nora & Delia Ephron’s Love Loss, and What I Wore, and won the Theatre World Award for the musical satire Mayor. She was one of the stars of the acclaimed series China Beach and the sitcom Delta. She’s appeared on both Law & Order and Law & Order SVU and was featured in the films Big, Working Girl, True Crime, and Irrational Man. Her solo shows include Black Comedy: The Wacky Side of Racism, Notes of a Negro Neurotic, Things My Afro Taught Me, and The Further Adventures of the Accidental Pundette, which The New Yorker called "the surprise of (this) annual festival… a rocking standup comedy."

An accomplished voiceover and radio artist, Giles’ credits include network promos for Food Network, Logo, USA Network, Lifetime, and ABC Daytime; and national spots for The New York Times, Tide, True Value, Yoplait, and countless pharmaceuticals. Her cartoon voices have been heard on shows on Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, and VH-1. Giles also won back-to-back Gracie Awards from the Alliance of Women in Media for Giles and Moriarty, a CBS Radio talk show with CBS correspondent Erin Moriarty. And her podcast, The Giles Files takes a lively spin on trending topics — from pop culture to politics, with interviews, commentaries, song parodies, and more.

For more than 30 years, Giles has been a volunteer with The 52nd Street Project, helping at-risk kids take part in acting, playwriting, filmmaking, poetry, dance, and art workshops, classes, and performances.


What 60 Looks Like

Your period stops, and the question marks begin, all while you’re sweating profusely. This is a quirky timeline of stories from the life of a single, neurotic, exhausted, working, thinking, personally perplexed, dating while menopausal American black chick who grew up smack dab between the feminist and Black Power movement (not fitting into either), and lives in the no-spinster zone, grooving to Barry White and Barry Manilow. Old school? Wild? Mood swings? You bet!

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How I Found My Voice

From her short stint in children’s theatre as a singing bag of garbage to touring with Chicago’s famed Second City (where improvisation lessons taught her how to roll with it, baby), Giles tells all from her world of small parts, bit feet, public schools, progressive colleges, bad auditions and more. Her work in film and TV ("China Beach," "Fox After Breakfast," and "CBS News Sunday Morning" among others), writing solo comedy shows, and doing voiceovers for everything from pharmaceuticals to plus-size department stores prepared her for anything. (She’ll even perform a medley of her voiceover "greatest hits.") And strangely, as she found her voiceover "voice" she also found her authentic voice as a funny black chick who, among other things, was taller than most of her bosses. Note: This program can also be presented as a workshop to encourage students to prepare and present their own stories/solo works. It could also work as a corporate presentation or seminar with improvisation about re-energizing one’s creative juices)

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From "Sunday Morning" to "Accidental Pundette"

She was always opining, during recess with her friends and in dozens of journals through the years. So "Sunday Morning" commentaries turned out to be a perfect fit for Nancy Giles (with 5 Emmys for her interviews and TV essays). So how did she transition from humor pieces on high heels and stretch fabrics to weighing in on presidential politics, race, and culture? Chris Matthews and "Hardball" started it, and when a memorable episode of "Larry King Live" derailed, her fan mail took a wild turn. True stories! Authentic letters and emails! Fascinating exchanges!

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"Black-splaining" and the Race Conversation

Is there only one "black experience?" I’m black. And I’ve had experiences. Why does "Black Lives Matter" feel like a threat to some people? And why is hair such an issue? Will we ever have a "conversation about race" (as if one conversation will do), or is it safer to have yet another conversation about having a conversation about race? Nancy Giles wants to talk, and listen, and ask questions. Fearless and funny in her exploration and presentation, Giles brings the same level of wit, compassion, and insight that audiences have come to expect from her CBS “Sunday Morning” appearances. She dives in head first, sharing her own experiences, emails, and letter correspondence from friend and foe alike. Come prepared to talk, as Nancy will reserve plenty of time on the end of her presentation for a conversation with the audience.

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What's So Polarizing About Hair?
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Training refugees in the culinary arts
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The Importance of the Midterms
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The Eleventh Hour with Stephanie Ruhle
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Sunday Passage Nora Ephron
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Stories are Important and We All Have Stories
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Receipts have gotten too long
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On Procrastination
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On Karens
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In Conversation with Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. of The Fifth Dimension
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Roe vs Wade: The Battle Plan
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Big Brain, Bigger Afro: In Conversation with Legal Analyst Elie Mystal
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Art that breaks through prison walls
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