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. Sykes was previously seen on several television shows these past 2 years: on her own late night talk show on FOX, The Wanda Sykes Show; in her second HBO stand up special I’m a Be Me and, in the CBS comedy The New Adventures of Old Christine as Barb. Her first HBO comedy special WANDA SYKES: SICK & TIRED debuted in October 2006 and was nominated for a 2007 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
Wanda was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and raised in Maryland. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Hampton University. Her stand-up career began at a Coors Light Super talent Showcase in Washington, DC where she performed for the first time in front of a live audience.
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." 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. She also appeared in the feature films: Pootie Tang, Nutty Professor 2; The Klumps, and Down to Earth. In the fall of 2003 she was seen on Fox's Wanda at Large which she wrote, produced and starred in.. 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.