Rising Daily Show Correspondent “Jessica Williams”

Jessica Williams is surely doing her thing as she climbs the ladder in the hard to please comedy world! Take a look at this article posted by HuffPostBlackVoices as the comedian fills in the blanks on her comedy influence, and tidbits about herself…

jessica williams

As told to Arianna Davis

I first fell in love with comedy…
when I’d visit my granny as a kid. Trips to her house meant staying up late drinking Coca-Cola and watching Saturday Night Live. She also let me watch shows like “The Simpsons” and “South Park.” She was the funniest, most crass woman ever. Her sense of humor rubbed off on me.

You might be surprised to learn…
I’m six feet tall. No one realizes that because on “The Daily Show” I’m usually sitting. Basketball would have been the natural sport to play, but it’s a little too aggressive for me, so instead I dabbled in volleyball and some good old-fashioned Roller Derby.

When I have downtime on set, I…
stalk people on Facebook. I like to check out who’s dating whom, see who got ugly after high school and scowl at friends’ photos from when they went to Spain and I didn’t.

My favorite place in the world is…
the Harry Potter tour near London. I went this year, and it transported me back to when my fascination with the books started in the ’90s. I was so overwhelmed looking at all the giddy kids, and then I realized I am that kid. Yes, I cried. It kicked ass.

The last thing I do before bed is…
think I should take my contacts out. Then I fall asleep.

Already intrigued by late night’s new funny girl? Keep reading to see how she landed her dream job and tips for you in an article posted by Glamour

The Daily Show star Jessica Williams auditioned in a sales-rack suit to land her dream job. She has tips…

She gets to wear this to work! “This show means a lot to people,” says Williams. “I do best when I don’t worry about that.”

Back in 2011, as she was about to take final exams at California State University Long Beach, Jessica Williams got the call: She’d be the new correspondent on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart—and, at 22, the youngest ever in its history. A natural performer, Williams had grown up watching countless hours of late-night TV with her grandmother. “Yes, I’m the product of hanging out with a very old lady,” she says. In college she studied improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade and did a few TV auditions, but nothing stuck. So when her manager told her about an opening on The Daily Show, she doubted she had a real shot but flew to New York for a meeting with Stewart, one of her heroes. “I bought my first suit from T.J.Maxx; it was very ill-fitting,” says Williams, now 23. “My hair was dyed green, and I was so nervous I was sweating at the pits.” Regardless, she nailed the audition, got the offer, and switched coasts. (That suit now hangs in her office to remind her of how far she’s come.) Within weeks she was on the road, filing hilarious reports on the 2012 presidential campaign, including one about undecided black Mormon voters (her conclusion: they really do exist). The learning curve was steep but worth it. “Due to lack of sleep, I lost all sense of the scariness,” she says.

And even though Williams is a groundbreaker, as the show’s first black woman correspondent, she doesn’t dwell on it. “You have to listen to your voice and be OK with being different,” she says.

“Don’t let it define you.”

Jessica’s Standout Advice

Show up even when you don’t have to. “I sit in on the writers’ meetings every day, even though I’m not required to attend them. You can learn so much just by observing.”

Give yourself a good scare. “Get more confidence by doing things that excite and frighten you. And allow things not to be OK once in a while. It’s something we all have to work at—baby steps are fine!”

Visualize your awesomeness. “It’s impossible to be perfect, and you won’t do a good job if you’re too focused on proving yourself to others. Instead, I try to envision myself succeeding in whatever I’m doing.”

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