Wanda Sykes is an American stand-up comedienne and actress best known for her starring role as Barb on the television sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine, from 2006-2010.
Sykes 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 smart-witted stand up has sent her career in many different areas.
Sykes was seen in the feature films Evan Almighty, the sequel to Bruce Almighty, in which she co-stared with Steve Carell.
She appeared in the New Line feature Monster-In-Law starring opposite Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda, was heard in the animated feature Over The Hedge for Dreamworks as well as The Barnyard for Paramount Pictures, and seen co-starring with Luke Wilson and Uma Thurman in the romantic comedy My Super Ex-Girlfriend.
Sykes starred and produced the Comedy Central show Wanda Does It where she tried various non-showbiz 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 collection of essays touching on life, family and current events.
Wanda 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.