After spending five years working for the National Security Agency, Wanda Sykes got her comedy career up and running. She spent much of the late 1980s and early 1990s building her reputation as a rising star in the stand-up game, eventually getting her big break as an opening act for Chris Rock. This led her to join “The Chris Rock Show” in 1997 as a member of the writing team and occasional on-screen presence, paving the way for spots on “The Downer Channel,” “The Drew Carrey Show,” “Crank Yankers,” and Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” shortly thereafter.
Her natural charisma and quick-wit shone through, despite being straddled with rather small roles, so Sykes received a few more significant ones in the years to come. 2003 saw the arrival of her sitcom “Wanda at Large,” which put the thriving comic center stage, succeeded by 2004’s short-lived “Wanda Does It” — a show that put her in various professions away from the entertainment world. She then took on the part of Barbara “Barb” Baran in “The New Adventures of Old Christine” before kicking off her own talk show, aptly titled “The Wanda Sykes Show.”
Other notable television works that Sykes appeared on include the political satire “Alpha House,” “Black-ish,” and “Broad City.” Not to mention, she has made her fair share of cameos on programs ranging from “Will & Grace” to “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” No matter where she finds herself, and for how long her stay is, any sitcom, talk show, etc. is better with her on the cast list.