WHO IS SHE: Comedian Wanda Sykes began her stand-up career in 1987 by entering a Washington D.C. talent competition. In 1992, she quit her day job and moved to New York to pursue comedy full-time. She got her big break opening for Chris Rock at Caroline’s Comedy Club and in 1997 she was hired as a writer for “The Chris Rock Show.” In 2003, Sykes landed her own show on Fox called “Wanda at Large,” however it proved to be short-lived. The comedian also starred in her own Comedy Central special that same year and wrote a book titled “Yeah, I Said It,” which was released in 2004. Sykes landed a role on “The New Adventures of Old Christine” in 2006 and provided voiceovers in the films “Over the Hedge,” “Barnyard” and “Brother Bear 2.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: With her blunt, tell-it-as-it-is style, comedian Wanda Sykes has been leaving audiences in stitches for the better part of two decades. Her career has been on a steady rise since landing a job as a writer on “The Chris Rock Show” and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Although she has experienced success in films, on television and as a writer, it is on stage as a stand-up comedian where Sykes truly shines. She covers it all in her act, discussing a wide range of topics including politics, health care, racial profiling, gay marriage, karma and aging.