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  • 9035 S Langley Ave
  • Chicago, IL 60619
  • USA

Volunteering to spend the afternoon with Chatham Academy H.S. in an effort to show our students  how to set objectives, meet their goals, have a vision for their future while expounding on the process of DREAMING BIG and setting CRAZY DREAMS, we welcome Ms. Erica Watson!


Born and raised in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, with a BA and MA from Columbia College Chicago, Erica Faye Watson is noted actor, writer, film/television director and stand-up comedian.

Her quick wit, larger than life personality and fearlessness make her a fan favorite on stage, tv, film and online.

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” and Lee Daniel’s “Precious” She’s appeared in primetime on NBC's “Chicago Fire,” Fox’s “Empire,” TV One’s ”Love that Girl” and performed her stand up on TV Guide Network’s “Stand Up in Stilettos.”

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 One Woman Show “Fat Bitch” has sold out New York’s Laurie Beechman Theater & The Brooklyn Museum, LA’s Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson and Chicago’s Getz Theater and Stage 773.

As a blogger for The Huffington Post, Ebony Magazine 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. Erica is also a fan favorite on Chicago morning shows such as ABC’s “Windy City Live,” Fox's “Good Day Chicago” and WCIU "You & Me This Morning".

When her social media posts about the horrors of dating or her video rants 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.