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First Black Female Correspondent Makes Her Debut On "The Daily Show"

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 17, 2012 10:59 PM
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Comedy Central’s The Daily Show gets its very first African American female correspondent! And she'll be a regular, so it's not just a one-and-done deal.

Her name is Jessica Williams. Here's her bio from Comedy Central's website:

Jessica Williams is an actress, writer, and all-around funny lady from Los Angeles, California. She credits her ability to be hilarious on her very large funny bone. No really, she has been six feet tall since she was in middle school. At first she was awkward and super weird. Then she became funny and still super weird. Jessica then became a "comedic animal." She was funny, but intense and domineering. She was only blood- thirsty for the giggles and laughter of others. To fill her insatiable appetite, Jessica threw herself into the intense and cut-throat world of improv and sketch comedy. She frantically performed in shows with "ComedySportz: The College Team" and at the "Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre". A lot of people died laughing. After practically "killing it" at every single comedic venue in Los Angeles, Jessica decided it was time to conquer New York City. This year, she joined "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" as a new correspondent. Jessica plans to destroy everything that she sees both comedically and physically. As a result, there are a lot of things broken around the studio. She loves it.

The show was has been criticized for being nothing but a good old boy's club (or I should say man's club), so might Williams' addition be, in part, a reaction to that criticism?

Watch Williams make her debut appearance in the clip below from the January 11th show. She comes in towards the end around the 3:50 mark (h/t Colorlines):

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  • Jeff | December 17, 2013 2:46 PMReply

    she's a hottie.

  • Lavetta Cannon | January 20, 2012 1:45 PMReply

    I watch "The Daily Show" every night and it was a welcomed surprise to see her! Yes, her first segment was just okay, but it takes most of the new correspondents a few times before they click. It took me a while to warm up to "the older black man" on the show but now I love when he's on. It takes them all a while to get the jitters out. Congrats to her and I know she's gonna rock it!

  • Stoned Marxist | January 20, 2012 6:55 AMReply

    she makes me laugh and gives me a boner at the same time. cant say the same about john.

  • SoulMan | January 18, 2012 7:38 PMReply

    I hope to see more of her. We will see what the show does with her. Plus, at the 0:33 point, whoever did that graphic of Iowa needs to learn geography. Michigan is no where near Iowa...LOL

  • lavenderpop | January 18, 2012 12:22 PMReply

    Big fan of Daily Show. I want to see more of Jessica!

  • Troy | January 18, 2012 10:31 AMReply

    I think the more telling fact is that she isn't morbidly obese.

  • VJ | January 17, 2012 11:22 PMReply

    NO!!! I was supposed to be the first Black Female Correspondent for Jon Steward! :)

  • w.i. | January 17, 2012 11:13 PMReply

    Wow a funny black woman not a black man in drag ...I thought they didn't exist LOL!

  • other song | January 17, 2012 11:08 PMReply

    Love the Daily Show, and she was unfunny. Hopefully she'll do better next time

  • Billged | November 7, 2012 9:46 PM

    She has no comedic talent at all. I've seen several of her attempts at comedy, and they all just got on my nerves, and I enjoy even some of the goofiest sketches on the show.

  • Mike Delaclos | January 21, 2012 3:12 PM

    She was very unfunny, tried too hard. I doubt that she will make a comic impact on the show.

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