WILMINGTON — An Emmy Award-winning comedian will be bringing her routine to audiences this January. The Wilson Center has added Wanda Sykes to its 2023 lineup.
Sykes began her career in comedy after a five-year stint at the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Security Agency. She began doing standup in the D.C. area and eventually moved to New York, starring in Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jams.
She got a break after opening for Chris Rock, which landed her on his team of comedy writers for “The Chris Rock Show.” Sykes received her first Emmy for the work in 1999.
Ever since, the comedian has starred in multiple TV shows, including Comedy Central’s puppet sitcom “Crank Yankers,” as well as CBS’s “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” NBC’s “Will & Grace,” and HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Most recently, she has be seen in ABC’s “Black-ish,” Prime Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and Netflix’s “The Upshaws.” She also co-hosted the 2022 Academy Awards, sharing the stage with Regina Hall and Amy Schumer.
Sykes has been featured in films such “Monster in Law,” “Evan Almighty,” and “A Bad Mom’s Christmas” and wrote numerous standup specials, many of which have streamed on platforms including HBO and Netflix.
The comedian has also championed LGBTQ rights and worked with PETA on promoting anti-chaining legislation of canines in her home state.
Tickets to her show start at $32 and go on sale online Friday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. Buyers who wish to call ticket central — (910) 362-7999 — or purchase in person can do so beginning at 2 p.m. the same day.
Attendees will not be allowed to use smartphones, smart watches or smart accessories during showtime. The items will be placed and secured in individual Yondr pouches, only to be opened at the end of the event. Anyone using a device during the show will be escorted out.
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