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. Join Silver Legacy in welcoming Wanda Sykes to the Grande Exposition Hall on Saturday, November 3 at 8pm.
Her smart-witted stand up has sent her career into many different areas including her own late night talk show on FOX, “The Wanda Sykes Show,” her second HBO stand up special “I’ma Be Me” and in the CBS comedy “The New Adventures of Old Christine” as “Barb.” Her first HBO comedy special “Wanda Sykes: Sick and Tired,” debuted in October 2006 and was nominated for a 2007 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-stared 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, published by Simon and Schuster, hit bookstores in September 2004. Yeah, I Said It is a hilarious collection of essays touching on life, family and current events.
In the fall of 2003, she wrote, produced and starred in Fox's "Wanda at Large". She also 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.
She spent 5 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 in 1999 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."