Erica Ash

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Erica Ash
Erica Ash.jpg
Born (1977-09-19) September 19, 1977 (age 40)
Florida, U.S.
Alma mater Emory University
Occupation Actress, comedian, model, singer
Website www.ericaash.com

Erica Ash (born September 19, 1977)[1] is an American actress, comedian, singer and model. She was a cast member on the sketch comedy programs MadTV and The Big Gay Sketch Show, and later starred in a lead role on the Starz sitcom Survivor's Remorse.

Early life[edit]

Ash was born in Florida to Donald and Diann Ash. Her parents were both in the military, leading the family to relocate often, moving to Germany and other parts of the world.[2] She attended a performing arts school in Decatur, Georgia during her youth.[2] Ash planned on becoming a doctor, graduating from Emory University with a degree in pre-med and prepared to attend medical school.[3] However, after a trip to Japan, where she became a backup singer and a runway model, Ash decided to pursue a career in entertainment.[3]

Career[edit]

The Big Gay Sketch Show[edit]

In February 2006, Ash landed multiple job opportunities in Broadway shows like The Lion King and a two-week job in Germany. After returning from the job in Germany, Ash successfully auditioned for the cable television comedy show The Big Gay Sketch Show.[4] Ash was a cast member for only two seasons.[5] While she was a cast member, Ash had to split her time between the first season of the sketch show and the Lion King. Some of her characters included LaTanya, an uncouth, loudmouth fitness instructor who teaches classes with a "Chicago-style" twist (i.e. Chicago style yoga, Chicago style pilates).[5]

MadTV[edit]

Ash joined the cast of MadTV in 2008 as a feature performer, for the fourteenth season, along with Matt Braunger, Eric Price, and Lauren Pritchard.[6] She became the fifth African American female cast member in the show's history (Debra Wilson, Daniele Gaither, Nicole Randall Johnson and Daheli Hall were the first four respectively). Out of the five female African American cast members, Ash and Hall are the only two who were never promoted to a repertory player. Hall was let go after her first season (season 13) and Ash was a featured member of the cast during what would be MADtv's final season on FOX (14th season).[7]

On her short time on the show, Ash was known for her character, Cerise Muhammad, the airheaded daughter of a deceased civil rights leader, and her celebrity impressions of WNBA player Lisa Leslie, comedian Mo'Nique, actress Raven-Symone, former First Lady Michelle Obama, model Naomi Campbell, and comedian Whoopi Goldberg.

Characters[edit]

Character Sketch Season of first appearance Catch phrase
Cerise Muhammad Daughter of Legions 14 "...and everything, so."

Impressions[edit]

Celebrity Sketch Season of first appearance
Naomi Campbell Various 14
Whoopi Goldberg Various 14
Mo'Nique Various 14
Lisa Leslie Various 14
Raven-Symoné Family Feud 14
Michelle Obama Various 14

Filmography[edit]

The following is a brief list of Erica Ash's television and voice acting career projects as compiled by the Internet Movie Database.[8]

Film appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
2001 Minna no Ie Naomi
2011 I Can Smoke? Carmen Short film
2012 American Judy Maya Television film
2013 Scary Movie 5 Kendra Brooks
2014 Kristy Nicole
2015 Sister Code Jamaya
2016 Jean of the Joneses Anne
2017 A Little Something for Your Birthday[9]
2017 Miss Me This Christmas Regina

Television appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Total Episodes Other notes
20062008 The Big Gay Sketch Show Various Characters Sketch Comedy
20082009 MadTV Various Characters 12 Sketch Comedy
2009 Cold Case Regina Reynolds 1 Drama
2012 Like Stinks? Hot Woman Mini-series
2013–2016 Real Husbands of Hollywood Bridgette Hart 19 Recurring Role
2014–2017 Survivor's Remorse Mary Charles "M-Chuck" Calloway 36 Main Role
2016 Hell's Kitchen Herself 1 Dining Room Guest

Voice acting and video game appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
2002 Shenmue II Additional Voices Video game
Xbox version
2001 DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution 6thMix Singer (Kind Lady) Video game
2003 Bloody Roar 4 Nagi Kirishima Video game

References[edit]

  1. ^ "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch, Erica C Ash, Residence, New York, New York, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
  2. ^ a b Ash, Donnie. "Post-Japan Success Stories: Erica Ash". The Japan Guy. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Erica Ash official website
  4. ^ See http://www.madtv.com/cast/index.html
  5. ^ a b See http://www.logotv.com/shows/big_gay_sketch_show/season_1/series.jhtml#!
  6. ^ See http://www.madtv.com/about/index.html
  7. ^ See http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117995723.html?categoryid=14&cs=1
  8. ^ See http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1404359/
  9. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (6 October 2017). "'Business Ethics' Adds Carolina Bartczak; Erica Ash Gets 'A Little Something For You Birthday'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 

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