Award winning comedian and actor Wanda Sykes called in to the morning show this week to talk about her upcoming stand-up shows in L.A. this weekend. She’s performing at the beautifully restored Ace Hotel Theater near L.A. Live. The show will be recorded for an upcoming comedy special. We talked about that, Last Comic Standing, her wife, kids and more.
Wanda Sykes is returning to her stand-up roots this weekend at a very fancy place. The Ace Hotel Theater is one of the gems of the downtown LA revitalization. Wanda is pleased to be shooting her comedy special there. It’s called “What Happened Miss Sykes” and it looks at how she got to where she is today. She was born and raised in the Tidewater area in Virginia, attended Hampton University, a historically Black university and grew up surrounded by provincial Southern ways but today is a star of TV and film, a lesbian who is married to a French woman and together they are raising two beautiful bi-lingual children. and to top it all off, she’s a breast cancer survivor too. It’s a full, rich life with a lot of funny in it and that’s what Wanda will be talking about in her show.
Wanda says that world news is a terrific source for comedic inspiration. Wanda’s stand up is not just about what happens to her, she covers everything from wrestling to politics.
We talked about Wanda’s kids, who have done a lot to make life more interesting around her house. She says that kids come here like a blank piece of paper and we fill in the colors. She also says that the person who is happiest about her children is the dentist who sees a goldmine in their little mouths.
Wanda is a close friend of Chris Rock. She won an Emmy as a writer for his sketch comedy show. I asked if she has spoken to him during the whole Oscar So White controversy and we discussed his performance as host of the Academy Awards telecast. Wanda says things should change in the future if for no other reason than the fact that actors and directors can do so much on their own because of advances in technology. Creating content is the key.
Finally we talked about Last Comic Standing. Since Wanda became involved with the reality competition show, a lot more people are watching. They’re taking time off during the Olympics but they’ll be back with a new crop of comics soon. In the meantime, check her out this Saturday doing two shows at the Ace Hotel Theater in Downtown LA. Details and tickets here.