If you’re a fan of Parks and Recreation, you’ll remember she played Tammy, the ex-wife of Ron Swanson- a kind of menacing, toxic seductress. Ron is played by Nick Offerman, by the way – Megan’s real-life husband.
She also has some unforgettable credits on shows like Bob’s Burgers, Childrens Hospital, even a few episodes on 30 Rock.
But she’s probably best known for her role in the groundbreaking sitcom “Will & Grace” where she plays Karen Walker- a kind of deranged, sociopathic, judgmental socialite who works for Grace on the show.
During its original run, between 1998 and 2006, the show earned 16 Emmy awards and over 80 nominations. Last year, the show returned for a 9th season. Megan, who’s already won two Emmys for her role as Karen, is now up for her third award in the supporting actress category.
Megan tells Jess about why she feels she was born – yes, literally born – to be in showbiz. Plus, she talks about the time she sang the theme song from “Green Acres” on stage at the Emmys with Donald Trump.
If you haven’t seen the new season of Will and Grace, you gotta! It’s free to stream on NBC’s website right now.
For a while she worked in indie films and made for TV movies, then in 2000 she broke through on the sitcom “Girlfriends” – she starred as Joan Clayton. The show ran for eight smash hit seasons on UPN and the CW.
In 2014, she took on a role in a new series: ABC’s “Black-ish.” Starring alongside Anthony Anderson, Tracee plays Dr. Rainbow Johnson, an anesthesiologist who’s married to Andre, Anderson’s character. The show focuses on Dre and Bow, as they’re called. They’ve settled down in the suburbs and started a family. As the kids grow up and the family settles in, Dre and Bow realize the life their kids are leading is very different from their own. The show touches on race, class, and politics.
The role has earned Tracee a Golden Globe award for Best Actress, and now she’s up for the same honor at this year’s Emmys.
Tracee talked with Karen Tongson, professor of English and Gender studies at USC, and co-host of Pop Rocket, Bullseye’s sister show over here at Maximum Fun.
In their conversation, Tracee and Karen go deep into her acting and work directing Black-ish, and she talks about what it was like to grow up in a New York apartment when your mom is Diana Ross.
You can stream or buy all four seasons of Black-ish on a bunch of different platforms right now. Like we said before, she’s up for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series at the Emmy Awards this year. Wanna see if she’ll win it? Tune in September 17.
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Bullseye is a celebration of the best of arts and culture in public radio form. Host Jesse Thorn sifts the wheat from the chaff to bring you in-depth interviews with the most revered and revolutionary minds in our culture.
Bullseye has been featured in Time, The New York Times, GQ and McSweeney’s, which called it “the kind of show people listen to in a more perfect world.” Since April 2013, the show has been distributed by NPR.
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