Wanda Sykes - Writer, Actress & Comediane

Wanda Sykes - Media

Comedian Wanda Sykes was born in Portsmouth, Virginia in 1964, and now divides her time between L.A. and Media, Delaware County.

She began her comedy career at a Coors Light Super Talent Showcase in Washington D.C. in 1987 while working for the National Security Agency. She moved to New York in 1992 and opened for Chris Rock at Caroline's Comedy Club. By 1997, Wanda had secured a job on the writing team of The Chris Rock Show, also making appearances on the show. In 1999, she won an Emmy Award for writing Rock's show.

Since that time, Sykes has built a successful career in TV and movies and in 2004 was named one of the 25 funniest people in America. She is well known for her role as Barbara Baran on The New Adventures of Old Christine and for her appearances on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. She also has appeared in the films Monster-in-Law, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Evan Almighty, and License to Wed, and has voiced characters in Over the Hedge, Barnyard, Brother Bear 2, Rio, and Ice Age:Continental Drift.

Sykes also played the role of Miss Hannigan in the Media Theatre production of Annie in 2010. She commented that Media is so small of a town compared to L.A., that she even knows the Media police officers.

She commented, "I know most of the police officers in town, not because I've been arrested, but because it's a small town.”