- 11:07 AM, May 21
Mixing her sassy personality and blunt observations on various topics she regularly displays in her smart-witted humor with her distinctive voice, Wanda Sykes has truly created something unique of her own that makes her a very special comedic actress in the eye of anyone who watches her. Born on March 7, 1964 in Portsmouth, Virginia, Wanda spent most of her younger years in Maryland but later returned to Virginia to enter its Hampton University where she finally obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing. Determined to pursue a career in entertainment industry instead, she then tried to look for a way to exhibit her flair in comedy and so decided to join Coors Light Super Talent Showcase in Washington D.C. by 1987, for the first time performing in front of a live audience.
Persistently making her way on the stand-up circuit, a great chance struck Wanda when she was offered to be both writer and frequent performer in HBO's acclaimed program of "The Chris Rock Show" in 1997. Eagerly nabbed the offer, she wonderfully managed to stay in the show for five years, even landed Emmy Award nomination each for four consecutive years from 1998 to 2001 in writing category which unquestionably brought her to considerable prominence around the country. Winning one of them in 1999, the attainment consequently gave the skilled artist larger opportunity to score more in the business as she was also seen showing up in the big screen productions, like "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" (2000) and "Pootie Tang" (2001).