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WANDA SYKES (Bessy) has been called "one of the funniest stand‐up comics” by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America. Her witty stand-up has driven her career to the small and large screens.

Sykes currently lends her voice to the animated feature "Over the Hedge” for DreamWorks Animation. She was last seen in the New Line feature "Monster-in-Law,” starring opposite Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda. Later this summer, Sykes will co-star with Luke Wilson and Uma Thurman in the romantic comedy "My Super Ex- Girlfriend.” She is currently filming the comedy "Evan Almighty,” the sequel to "Bruce Almighty,” in which she co-stars with Steve Carell. She also recently guest starred on "The New Adventures Old Christine” and on NBC's "Will & Grace.” She was also seen on Comedy Central's "Wanda Does It,” where she tried her hand at various nonshowbiz jobs. Her first book, titled Yeah, I Said It, published by Simon and Schuster, hit bookstores in September, 2004. Yeah, I Said It is a hilarious collection of essays touching on life, family, and current events.

In the fall of 2003, Sykes wrote, produced, and starred in Fox's "Wanda at Large.” She also starred in a one‐hour Comedy Central special called "Wanda Sykes: Tongue Untied.” In addition, she can be seen on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm” and heard on Comedy Central's "Crank Yankers” as the voice of Gladys Murphy. Sykes 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 five 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 Emmy Awards, winning in 1999 for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special. In 2001, she won the American Comedy Award for Outstanding Female Stand‐Up Comic. She won two more Emmys, one in 2002 and one in 2004, for her work on "Inside the NFL.” In 2003, Wanda earned a Comedy Central Commie Award for "Funniest TV Actress.” Other writing credits include the MTV 1999 Music Video Awards, The MTV Movie Awards, the 74th Annual Academy Awards®, and The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show.

Sykes also appeared in the feature films: "Pootie Tang,” "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps,” and "Down to Earth.”


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