Born and raised in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, with a BA and MA from Columbia College Chicago, Erica Faye Watson is an actor, writer, film/television director and stand-up comedian. Her quick wit, larger than life personality and fearlessness make her a fan favorite on ABC7's Windy City Live, BET, Oxygen and WETV. Through her stand-up comedy, she tackles issues of size acceptance, racial & gender stereotypes and other timely issues in a hilarious way that educates as well as entertains. Her acting talent has lead to principal roles in films such as Spike Lee’s ChiRaq, Chris Rock’s Top Five, Steven Soderberg’s “Side Effects”, Lee Daniel’s “Precious” as well as top rated tv shows such as NBC’s “Chicago Fire”, Fox’s “Empire” and TV One’s “Love That Girl”. As a blogger for The Huffington Post and pop culture pundit on networks such as ABC, CBS, FOX, HLN, Oxygen, BET and TV Guide, her outrageously honest opinions about celebrities, politics,and world news make her a force to be reckoned with. And when her social media posts about the horrors of dating or viral videos don’t have you literally laughing out loud, her insights on the latest trends in plus size fashion, natural hair & beauty products or the coolest special events or restaurants will have you ready to try out what’s hot….and forget about what’s not. Simply put, Erica is an influencer who uses the power of comedy to entertain and inspire us all.