Wanda Sykes' witty material and charming irreverence have made her a mainstay in the comedy world for several years now, and she is as fresh and entertaining as ever. After getting her big break opening for Chris Rock at Caroline's Comedy Club in 1997, she became a writer for The Chris Rock Show, for which she won an Emmy in 1999. She subsequently appeared on Comedy Central Presents and Comedy Central's Premium Blend before writing and starring in three major comedy specials, "Tongue Untied (2003)," "Sick and Tired (2006)," and "I'ma Be Me (2009)." Grab your own Wanda Sykes tickets to see even more of her brilliant material.
Sykes has also stretched her comedic muscles acting in guest roles on such television programs as The Drew Carey Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Crank Yankers, Chapelle's Show, MADtv, and Will & Grace as well as starring in The New Adventures of Old Christine opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus from 2006 to 2010. She starred in her own sitcom, Wanda at Large, in 2003, and in 2009 wrote and starred in a self-titled talk show.
Sykes' film credits include The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Down to Earth, Pootie Tang, Monster-in-Law, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Clerks II, and Evan Almighty. She has also voiced characters in the animated features Over the Hedge, Barnyard (which spun off into the television program Back at the Barnyard), Rio, and Ice Age: Continental Drift.
Sykes has been a vocal advocate for LGBT rights, especially since coming out as a lesbian in 2008, and has shown her support by hosting events and fundraisers. In May 2009, Sykes was the featured entertainer at the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner; she became the first African-American woman and the first openly gay performer to land the gig. Her awards include a 2001 American Comedy Award for "Outstanding Female Stand-Up Comic," three Emmys (in 2002, 2004, and 2005) for her work on "Inside the NFL," the 2003 Comedy Central Commie Award for "Funniest TV Actress," and a 2010 GLAAD award for her work promoting equal rights for LGBT people.