Wanda Sykes is an Emmy® winning stand-up comic, writer, actress and producer who has been entertaining audiences for more than 20 years. She has ranked among Entertainment Weekly’s “25 Funniest People in America,” and her peers have called her “one of the funniest stand-up comics” in the field. In 2023, Wanda was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Nominations; two for her Netflix special Wanda Sykes; I’m an Entertainer (her sixth stand-up special) and another for her role as Gladys Murphy in Crank Yankers, a role she originated in 2004.
In 2020, she received Emmy® nominations for both her role as real-life comic Moms Mabley in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and for her voice work as Gladys Murphy in Crank Yankers. Wanda’s guest-starring role on ABC’s Black-ish also brought her two back-to-back Emmy nominations for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series” in 2017 and 2018. Her fifth standup special, Wanda Sykes: Not Normal, is streaming on Netflix and was nominated for two 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards: “Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special” and “Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special.” The special also received a Broadcast Critic Award nomination. Wanda currently is writing, co-showruning and starring in season 4 of the Netflix’s comedy The Upshaws. Season one was nominated for a People’s Choice Award and a 2022 NAACP Image Award. Sykes was also nominated for and NAACP Image award for supporting actress.
In 2022, she starred in the Hulu / Mel Brooks series History of the World PT2 which she also writes and produces with Nick Kroll and Ike Barinholtz. She recently produced and was a part of the Apple TV+ 5-part documentary series Visible; Out on Television, about how the LGBTQ movement has shaped the history of the medium. Wanda spent five years on the CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine, co-starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, as well as HBO’s critically acclaimed The Chris Rock Show. She has appeared in Broad City, House of Lies, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and many more hit television shows. Other TV credits include Fox’s Wanda at Large and Wanda Does It on Comedy Central, and her own late-night talk show on Fox, The Wanda Sykes Show. In 2017, Wanda was in the feature comedy Snatched, opposite Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, Evan Almighty, in which she co-starred with Steve Carell, the cult-hit Monster-In-Law with Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Pootie Tang, Nutty Professor 2; The Klumps, Down to Earth and many more.
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