Wanda Sykes

Actor, Comedian, Writer
An irascible stand-up comic whose acid-tongued, take-no-prisoners style earned her widespread acclaim, Wanda Sykes had, over a short period of time, developed into one of the top female comedians in the business. Though ... Read more »
Born: 03/06/1964 in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (71)

Last Comic Standing 1997 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 2014 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Chris Rock Show 1997 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Wanda Does It 1997 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wanda Sykes Presents HERLARIOUS 2012 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

Alpha House 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Real Husbands of Hollywood 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 44th NAACP Image Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Hot Flashes 2013 (Movie)

Florine Clarkston (Actor)

The Out List 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ice Age: Continental Drift 2012 (Movie)

Granny (Voice)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003, 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2001 - 2002, 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Drop Dead Diva 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rio 2011 (Movie)

Chloe (the goose) (Voice)

Celebrity Poker Showdown 1997 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Costas NOW 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crank Yankers 1997 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

Idol Gives Back 3 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Premium Blend 1997 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Host

Real Time with Bill Maher 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The New Adventures of Old Christine 2004 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wanda Sykes Show 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Evan Almighty 2007 (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

Wanda Sykes: Sick & Tired 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

2005 BET Comedy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Barnyard: The Original Party Animals 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Bessy the Cow (Actor)

Clerks II 2006 (Movie)

Wife (Actor)

Earth to America! 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

My Super Ex-Girlfriend 2006 (Movie)

Carla Dunkirk (Actor)

Over the Hedge 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Stella (Actor)

That's What I'm Talking About 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

BET Comedy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Brother Bear 2 2005 (Movie)

Innoko (Voice)

Monster-in-Law 2005 (Movie)

Ruby (Actor)

VH1 Big In '04 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Central's Bar Mitzvah Bash! 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Shorties Watchin' Shorties 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

The Commies 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

3rd Annual BET Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Heroes Of Comedy: Women On Top 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 Teen Choice Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 34th NAACP Image Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Wanda At Large 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Wanda Sykes: Tongue Untied 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

American Comedy Awards Viewer's Choice 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Down to Earth 2001 (Movie)

Wanda (Actor)

Pootie Tang 2001 (Movie)

Biggie Shorty (Actor)

The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Downer Channel 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Drew Carey Show 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comedy Rx: Comics Come Home 5 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 2000 (Movie)

Chantal (Actor)

Comedy Central Presents... 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Hookers & Johns: Trick or Treat (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics
Writer (1)

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Writer
Other (2)

The 1997 MTV Video Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Creative Consultant

The 1998 MTV Movie Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Consultant

Biography

An irascible stand-up comic whose acid-tongued, take-no-prisoners style earned her widespread acclaim, Wanda Sykes had, over a short period of time, developed into one of the top female comedians in the business. Though small and impish in stature, Sykes loomed large on the comedy scene, ever since her stint on "The Chris Rock Show" (HBO, 1997-2000) - a breakthrough that helped propel the unknown comedian into the limelight. Ever since, Sykes made a career of cutting through the bull and hypocrisy of life, though never in a mean-spirited or pugnacious way. Instead, she wrapped her brash humor in a blanket of charm and intelligence, allowing Sykes to talk about touchy issues like race and politics without having to sacrifice her integrity.

Relationships

Harry

Brother
Older

David Hall

Husband
Married in 1991 Divorced in 1998

Alex Sykes

Wife
Married on Oct. 25, 2008 in California, prior to the passage of Prop. 8

Olivia Sykes

Daughter
Born April 27, 2009; twin of Lucas; mothers are Wanda and Alex Sykes

Lucas Sykes

Son
Born April 27, 2009; twin of Olivia; mothers are Wanda and Alex Sykes

EDUCATION

Hampton University

Hampton , Virginia

Milestones

2011

Guest starred on Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva"

2011

Voiced the character of Chloe the Goose in the animated feature "Rio"

2009

Starred in HBO comedy special "Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me"; earned an Emmy (2010) nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special and Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Special

2009

Hosted the short-lived talk program "The Wanda Sykes Show" (Fox)

2007

Cast opposite Steve Carell in "Evan Almighty," a sequel to the 2003 comedy "Bruce Almighty"

2006

Starred in first HBO Comedy Special titled "Wanda Sykes: Sick & Tired"

2006

Landed a recurring role on "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (CBS); became a series regular in the second season

2005

Cast as Jane Fonda's long-suffering personal assistant in the comedy "Monster-in-Law"

2004

Starred in her own short-lived Comedy Central show "Wanda Does It"

2004

Penned a book of humorous observations on various topics titled Yeah, I Said It

2003

Cast in her own Fox sitcom "Wanda at Large"

2003

Appeared in the hour-long Comedy Central special "Tongue Untied"

2002

Voiced a recurring character named Gladys on Comedy Central's puppet show "Crank Yankers"

2001

Re-teamed with Rock in "Pootie Tang" (based on a sketch from Rock's show) and "Down to Earth"

2001

Played a recurring role on Larry David's HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

2001

Was a regular on the NBC midseason replacement series "The Downer Channel"

2000

Acted in "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps"

1998

Made film debut in "Tomorrow Night"; directed by "The Chris Rock Show" co-writer Louis C.K.

1997

Joined the writing staff and cast of the HBO series "The Chris Rock Show"

1987

Began stand-up comedy career after entering a Washington, DC area talent competition

Bonus Trivia

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"I know I come across as being angry, but I am just being me. People think I am being angry, but I am not." – Sykes to Naples Daily News, July 27, 2001

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On Nov. 15, 2008, Sykes made it publicly known that she was a lesbian.

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During a Sept. 2011 interview on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Sykes revealed she had breast cancer earlier that year and elected to have a bilateral mastectomy. "I had both breasts removed," Sykes told DeGeneres. "Because now I have zero chance of having breast cancer."

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