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Wanda Sykes
Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes

Los Angeles, CA USA

"Sometimes it's being in a place where you know this is not what I want to do. That pushes you to go ahead…and go after what it is that you really enjoy…for me, it was comedy."

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Wanda's work combines: Acting & Theatre, Film, and Communicating / Sharing Stories

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Day In The Life


I'm a comedian, writer, actress, voice artist, and advocate for LGBT rights.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Marketing/Marketing Management, General

    Hampton University

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Graduated from Hampton University with a degree in marketing.

  • 2.

    Living in the Washington D.C. area, the thing to do was to work for the government, so she got a job with the NSA.

  • 3.

    She was moving up through the ranks and had a comfortable salary, but she knew that wasn't what she wanted to do with her life.

  • 4.

    She'd always watched comics on TV; one day, she heard about a local comedy talent show and decided to enter.

  • 5.

    After auditioning, she made it into the talent show; after that, she started going to comedy clubs all the time.

  • 6.

    The more comedy she did, the more she was sure it was her calling; eventually she officially quit her NSA job and gave up her "safety net."

  • 7.

    Whenever times were hard or she was having doubts, she remembered her miserable NSA job and that motivated her to keep going.

  • 8.

    Of course, she's had setbacks-including a memorable show where she bombed in front of her family and friends-but she's truly living her dream.