CBS Sunday Morning Contributor, Comedian, and Actress
CBS Sunday Morning contributor, comedian, actress, and self-described “Accidental Pundette” Nancy Giles is a funny, perceptive, and provocative observer of today’s world. For over 14 years, Giles’s work on the Emmy Award-winning CBS Sunday Morning has received acclaim for its unique blend of common sense wisdom, laugh-out-loud humor, and social and political commentary.
A veteran of Chicago’s esteemed Second City improv troupe and winner of the Theater World Award for the off-Broadway musical Mayor, Giles appeared for three seasons on the TV drama China Beach. She has made appearances on Law and Order, Spin City, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Her one-woman shows include The Further Adventures of the Accidental Pundette, Notes of a Negro Neurotic, and Black Comedy: The Wacky Side of Racism, which the Village Voice called “smart and unforgiving.” In 2018, Giles returned to the stage with The New Group in their Off-Broadway premiere of Good for Otto by Tony Award-winner David Rabe.
Giles won back-to-back Gracies from the Alliance for Women in Media for her CBS Radio show on WPHT-AM in Philadelphia. Her podcast, The Giles Files, takes a lively spin on trending topics — from pop culture to politics — with interviews, commentaries, song parodies, and more. She has also offered her perspectives as a frequent guest on The Today Show and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. For more than 20 years, she has volunteered with The 52nd St. Project, helping at-risk kids take part in acting, playwriting, and poetry workshops, classes, and performances.
Nancy Giles tells true tales from her “black experience,” then and now. And she wonders: will we ever have that “conversation about race” (as if one conversation will do it), or is it safer to have yet another conversation about having a conversation about race? Among her thoughts: does anyone ever refer to “the white community?” Why are my people the only ethnic group to dance to the rhythm of a self-hating racial epithet? Are there actual black women who aren’t strong and sassy, but neurotic and even unsure of themselves? Can soundtrack music be bigoted? And what about hair? […]