01/08/2014 09:45 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Jessica Williams Of 'The Daily Show' Talks About Her Crass Grandma And Love Of Comedy


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The rising comedian and Daily Show correspondent fills in the blanks.

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.

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