Comedian, Actress, Author
Wanda Sykes has been called “one of the funniest stand-up comics” by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America. Her smart-witted stand-up has sent her career into many different areas. Sykes was previously seen on several television shows: her own late night talk show on FOX, “The Wanda Sykes Show,”…
Wanda Sykes has been called “one of the funniest stand-up comics” by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America. Her smart-witted stand-up has sent her career into many different areas.
Sykes was previously seen on several television shows: her own late night talk show on FOX, “The Wanda Sykes Show,” her second HBO stand-up special “I’ma Be Me” and the CBS comedy “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” Her first HBO comedy special “Wanda Sykes: Sick & Tired” was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
Sykes was seen in the feature films “Evan Almighty,” the sequel to “Bruce Almighty,” in which she co-starred with Steve Carell, the feature film “Monster-In-Law” starring opposite Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda, and was heard in the animated feature “Over The Hedge” for Dreamworks as well as “The Barnyard” for Paramount Pictures. She also co-starred with Luke Wilson and Uma Thurman in the romantic comedy “My Super Ex-Girlfriend.” Sykes starred and produced the Comedy Central show “Wanda Does It” where she tried various non-showbiz jobs. Her first book titled “Yeah, I Said It,” a hilarious collection of essays touching on life, family and current events, was published by Simon and Schuster.
She wrote, produced and starred in FOX’s “Wanda at Large” and had a one-hour Comedy Central special called “Wanda Sykes: Tongue Untied.” In addition, she can be seen on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” or heard on Comedy Central’s “Crank Yankers” as the voice of Gladys Murphy.
Wanda was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and raised in Maryland. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Hampton University. Her stand-up career began at a Coors Light Super talent Showcase in Washington, D.C. where she performed for the first time in front of a live audience.
She spent five years as part of the HBO’s critically acclaimed “Chris Rock Show.” As a performer and writer on the show, she was nominated for three Primetime Emmy’s and won the Emmy for “Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special.” In 2001, she won the American Comedy Award for “Outstanding Female Stand-Up Comic.” She won three more Emmy’s, in 2002, 2004 and 2005 , for her work on “Inside the NFL” for “Outstanding Studio Show — Weekly — Inside The NFL.”
In 2003, Wanda earned a Comedy Central Commie Award for “Funniest TV Actress.” Other writing credits include: the “MTV 1999 Music Video Awards,” the “MTV Movie Awards,” the “74th Annual Academy Awards,” “The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show” and “Wanda at Large.”
She also appeared in the feature films: “Pootie Tang,” “Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps” and “Down to Earth.”
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