Erica Chantal Ash 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.
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. Ash was a cast member for only two seasons. 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).
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. 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).
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.