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Jessica Williams

Daily Show correspondent, actress and comedian - Panelist Blurb

Jessica Williams is a writer, actress, comedian and the first black woman ever to play a correspondent on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. Known for humorous bits and incisive commentary that play off her youth and race, Williams finds "truth in comedy, and that resonates with people of all races."

Williams grew up in Torrance, CA and starred in the Nickelodeon show Just For Kicks as a teenager. Following the show's cancellation, she returned to school to study Film and English at Cal State Long Beach. While in school and doing improv as a member of "ComedySportz: The College Team," she landed the role as the newest correspondent for Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Her Daily Show segments on race, racism and privilege are among some of her most popular, most notably the segment "Frisky Business" in which she argues that if New York City's stop-and-frisking cops really want to catch criminals, they should head over to Wall Street and profile white guys in suits.

Williams says of her work: "Ultimately, when I deliver something, a lot of times it will be from a black woman's perspective, but other times it will be just from a satirical, goofy perspective. I'm a young correspondent, so sometimes I'm just young."

Williams was recently featured on Variety's "Top 10 Comics To Watch" and appeared in HBO's hit comedy, Girls.