Ashley Nicole Black

Ashley Nicole Black (born June 15, 1985)[1][2] is an American comedian, actress, and writer from Los Angeles, California. In 2016, she became a writer and correspondent for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.[3][4][5] She left the show in February 2019 to write and act in A Black Lady Sketch Show on HBO.

Ashley Nicole Black
Born (1985-06-15) June 15, 1985
EducationUniversity of California, Santa Cruz (BA)
Northwestern University (MA)
  • Comedian
  • actress
  • writer
Years active2014–present
Known forFull Frontal with Samantha Bee

Early life

Black was born in Los Angeles, and grew up in Walnut, California, a suburb of said city.[6]

Black graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2007 with a degree in theatre arts. She then attended Northwestern University, where she earned a master's degree in performance studies.[7] Black was four years into a PhD program at Northwestern University when she decided to drop out and pursue her dream of working in comedy.[7]


Black's comedy career began at the Second City, where she first attended an improv class that her parents paid for her to attend.[4][7]

Black earned an Emmy for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special in 2017 for her work as one of the writers on Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner special for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.[8]

Overall, Black has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards for her work as a writer and correspondent on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, once in 2016 and twice in 2017.[9][10]

In addition to her work on Full Frontal, Black has also appeared on Comedy Central's Drunk History[11] and in the 2014 film An American Education.

Her last episode on Full Frontal was on February 13, 2019.

In 2019, Black joined other WGA writers in firing their agents as part of the WGA's stand against the ATA and the unfair practice of packaging.[12]


  1. Black, Ashley Nicole (June 15, 2018). "It's my birthday. Someone please let me borrow their teleportation machine that can get me an In N Out burger to NY. I know rich people have that and are hiding it from us". @ashleyn1cole. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  2. Fallon, Kevin (June 20, 2017). "Meet Samantha Bee's Army of Trumpster-Confronting Comics". Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  3. Klein, Sandi. "Ashley Nicole Black, Writer/Comedian". Public Radio Exchange. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  4. Russell, John (October 3, 2016). "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee: Ashley Nicole Black on Sharing a Point of View With Her Boss". TV Insider. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  5. Aggarwal-Schifellite, Manisha (January 10, 2017). "These Three Women Are at the Feminist Frontline of Late-Night Television". Elle. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  6. Sanders, Sam (October 24, 2017). "Ashley Nicole Black From "Full Frontal" On Comedy, Improv, and Bridging Political Divides". NPR.
  7. Rudulph, Heather Wood (September 19, 2016). "Get That Life: How I Became an Emmy-Nominated Comedy Writer". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  11. Martinelli, Marissa (February 7, 2018). "Drunk History Celebrates Nichelle Nichols for Breaking Barriers on Star Trek and in Actual Space". Slate.
  12. "Patton Oswalt, David Simon, Danny Zuker, More WGA Members Post Termination Letters". Variety.
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