In 2015, Williams starred opposite Jermaine Clement and Regina Hall in the Sundance Film Festival selection, People Places Things. The comedy centers on the story of Will Henry, a graphic novelist who struggles to raise his two young daughters in the wake of a recent breakup. In the film, Williams plays the role of ‘Kat,’ one of Will’s art students who works to play matchmaker between her mother and teacher.
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.
Williams’ other television credits include HBO’s hit series Girls, where she starred as ‘Karen,’ Hannah Horvath’s work friend in season three. In 2006, the actress made her television debut as series regular ‘Vida Atwood’ on the Nickelodeon comedy-drama Just for Kicks, which follows a young girls’ soccer team in New York City.
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.