Wanda Sykes (born 1964) is an American actress, comedian, and writer who has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry as a versatile performer with a sharp wit and social commentary. She is best known for her work as a stand-up comedian, her appearances on television shows and films, and her contributions to the world of comedy.

Sykes was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and raised in Maryland. She began her career as a contract worker for the National Security Agency before transitioning to comedy in the late 1980s. She began performing stand-up comedy in local clubs and quickly established herself as a rising star in the comedy world.

Sykes first gained national recognition in the late 1990s as a writer and performer on the hit television show “The Chris Rock Show.” She went on to appear in a number of other television shows and films, including “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” and “Monster-in-Law.” She has also released several successful comedy albums and specials and has been recognized for her contributions to the world of comedy with numerous awards and accolades.

In addition to her work as a comedian and actress, Sykes is known for her outspoken political views and activism. She is a prominent advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and has used her platform to raise awareness about issues of social justice and equality. She has also been a vocal critic of political leaders and has used her wit and humor to make pointed and thought-provoking commentary on current events.

Wanda Sykes is widely recognized as one of the most talented and influential comedians of her generation. She continues to be a sought-after performer and her contributions to the world of comedy and social activism continue to inspire and entertain audiences around the world.