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Jessica Williams          

Actress, Comedian, Former Correspondent on "The Daily Show" & Co-Host of the "2 Dope Queens" Podcast

Jessica Williams is an actress and comedian who was formerly a senior correspondent on "The Daily Show". Williams was the youngest and the first female African American correspondent in the history of "The Daily Show".

Williams got her start in comedy through the intense and cut-throat world of improv and sketch. She regularly performed at both The UCB theatre and Comedysportz. She made her television debut as a series regular on the Nickelodeon series "Just for Kicks" in 2006.

In 2012 Williams joined the cast of Comedy Central’s "The Daily Show" as the first African American woman and youngest correspondent to date. Williams led numerous comedic yet thought-provoking segments on hot button topics such as police brutality, transgender rights, sexism in politics and race. While on the show, she brought a candid and thoughtful approach to satirical news programming and secured a powerful voice in comedy. Williams announced her departure from the show in June 2016 after four years with the late-night series.

In 2016, Williams launched a podcast, "2 Dope Queens," with Phoebe Robinson. Based on their live comedy show in Brooklyn, the podcast tackles the struggles of two twenty-something women shaking things up as they discuss everything from sex to romance to hair issues and living in NYC.

Williams also made appearances on Season 3 of HBO's "Girls," and in the film "People Places Things." She is the star of the 2017 Netflix comedy movie The Incredible Jessica James. She appeared in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, titled Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, as Professor Eulalie "Lally" Hicks, a teacher from the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In 2023, Williams had a starring role in the Apple TV+ show "Shrinking." For her performance, she earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nomination.

Prior to her success on "The Daily Show", Williams gained experience as a writer and performer with the Los Angeles Upright Citizens Brigade. Honing her craft for stand-up and improv, she was honored to be featured on Variety’s annual “Top 10 Comics to Watch” list in 2012.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Williams attended California State University Long Beach and graduated in 2012. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.


Jessica Williams Shares Her Story, And Plenty Of Laughter, With Alumni Hall
Not only did Jessica Williams grace the HUB with a hilarious stand-up routine Saturday night, but the world-renowned comedian and actress also imparted some wisdom and encouraged students to “tell their story.”
Jessica Williams Is the New Queen of Comedy
For decades, female comedians have been shut out of political satire. It's not that women don't joke about politics, it's just that they aren't often given an opportunity, let alone a platform, to share their views with the broader public.
Jessica Williams is smart, funny and serious about being both
With her Mickey Mouse T-shirt, pizza socks and wonderfully bright pink hair, Jessica Williams doesn't exactly look like a serious person.
Get Ready To Obsess Over Jessica Williams' Fresh Fall Hair Color
What’s a woman to do between high-profile TV gigs? If you’re comedian, actress, and all-around cool girl Jessica Williams, who departed The Daily Show after serving up the most spot-on segments as a senior correspondent, you brainstorm swoon-worthy hair ideas. Exhibit A: The star uploaded a bright-lavender dreadlocks look to Instagram on Sunday — and we couldn't love it more.
Daily Show's Jessica Williams: Stop Telling Me to Lean In ...
Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams doesn't need anybody else telling her what is right for her and she wants to make it clear she most certainly does not ...

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