Photo credits: Official Wanda Sykes website
Wanda Sykes was born on March 7, 1964, in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Her peers have hailed her as one of the finest stand-up comedy legends. Entertainment Weekly named her one of the 25 Funniest People in America. Her sharp stand-up has carried her career in a number of different places.
She was most recently seen on Comedy Central’s “Wanda Does It (2004),” in which she experimented with a range of non-showbiz occupations. “Yeah, I Said It,” her first book, was published by Simon & Schuster in September 2004. It is a humorous collection of essays on life, family, and current events.
In 2003, Fox debuted “Wanda at Large (2003),” which she wrote, produced, and starred in. “Tongue Untied: Wanda Sykes (2003)” is a one-hour Comedy Central special on her. Additionally, she may be seen and heard as Gladys Murphy in HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000)” and Comedy Central’s “Crank Yankers (2002).”
For five years, she was a cast member of HBO’s critically acclaimed “The Chris Rock Show (1997).”
As a performer and writer on the show, she was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, and in 1999 she won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special. In 2001, she was presented with the American Comedy Award for Outstanding Female Stand-Up Comedian.
In 2002, she received a second Emmy nomination for her work on “Inside the NFL.” In 2003, Wanda received the Comedy Central Commie Award for Funniest Television Actress. Among his other writing credits are “MTV Video Music Awards (1999),” “MTV Movie Awards,” “74th Annual Academy Awards (2002),” “The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show (1997),” and “Wanda at Large (2003).”
Additionally, she appeared in “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps” (2000), “Down to Earth” (2002), and “Monster-in-Law” (2003). (2005).