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WANDA SYKES (Stella) was named one of the 25 Funniest People in America by Entertainment Weekly. Her sharp-witted and acerbic style of comedy has taken her from the comedy club stage to feature films and television.

Sykes previously created, produced and starred in the Fox Network series "Wanda at Large,” and executive produced the Comedy Central reality series "Wanda Does It,” in which she tried her hand at different non-show business jobs. She also starred in her own Comedy Central special called "Wanda Sykes: Tongue unTied,” and was heard as the voice of Gladys Murphy on the Comedy Central series "Crank Yankers.” In addition, she has guest starred on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm,” CBS's "The New Adventures of Old Christine” and NBC's "Will & Grace.” Following "Over the Hedge,” Sykes co-stars with Luke Wilson and Uma Thurman in the romantic comedy "My Super Ex-Girlfriend,” and she will be heard in the animated feature "The Barnyard.” She is currently filming the comedy "Evan Almighty,” the sequel to "Bruce Almighty,” in which she co-stars with Steve Carell.

Sykes recently co-starred with Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda in the comedy "Monster-in-Law,” for which she won a BET Comedy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Feature. She includes among her other film credits "Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps,” "Pootie Tang” and "Down to Earth.”

Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, and raised in Maryland, Sykes 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.

Sykes spent five years as a writer and performer on HBO's critically acclaimed "The Chris Rock Show.” As part of the writing team, she won an Emmy Award in 1999, and shared in three additional Emmy nominations for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special. In 2001, she won an American Comedy Award for Outstanding Female Stand-Up Comic. Two years later, Sykes earned a Comedy Central Commie Award for Funniest TV Actress. She also won two more Emmy Awards, in 2003 and 2004, for her work on "Inside the NFL.”

In September 2004, Simon and Schuster published Sykes' first book, titled Yeah, I Said It, a hilarious collection of essays touching on life, family and current events. Her additional writing credits include "The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show,” "The MTV 1999 Music Video Awards,” "The MTV Movie Awards” and "The 74th Annual Academy Awards.”

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