Born in St. Louis and raised in Chicago, this mother of two has over a decade of experience captivating fans around the world with her one-of-a-kind storytelling talent. Vanessa is on a mission to empower her audience to overcome their struggles while laughing at hers. Her energy excites, her relatability comforts, and her exhilarating presence fills every room she visits with smiles and laughter.
Her television credits include appearances on Last Call (BounceTV), Comedy Knock Outs (TruTV), Tales (BET), and a recurring role on BounceTV’s Mann and Wife. Vanessa’s clever and bold stand-up comedy has been showcased on many shows such as Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks (TruTV), HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, 1st Amendment Standup (STARZ), Mike Epps Live at Club Nokia to name a few. As a writer she has worked on Raven’s Home (Disney), The Arsenio Hall Show (CBS), Triumph Awards (Bounce TV), 106 & Park and The Mo’Nique Show (BET). Her film roles include Barber Shop 2: Back in Business and Kim Field’s Holiday Love: The Rebirth. Her quick wit and sharp humor are highlighted when she guest host on entertainment shows like DishNation (FOX) and Windy City Live (ABC7). Vanessa has also been a regular crowd favorite as “warm up” comedian for various award and tv shows including, America’s Got Talent Extreme, Black Girls Rock, The Soul Train Awards, the BET Awards, BET Her: Fights Breast Cancer, Sundays Best & more.
Currently, Ms. Fraction co-hosts the Nappy Boy Radio Podcast hosted by; rapper, producer TPain. She is also an analyst & co-host for the Comedy Hype News show. Additionally, Vanessa became a certified self-defense instructor and teaches a class, Kicks & Comedy, that empowers women with life-saving self-defense skills and lifts spirits by infusing comedy. A stand-up comedian, actor, writer, television personality and kick-ass Mom who is equally smart, hilarious and a delight to watch both onstage and onscreen. To “sum” it all up Vanessa Fraction equals One Very Funny Lady!