Wanda Sykes (born March 7, 1964 in Portsmouth, Virginia, also known as Wanda Sykes-Hall) is an American stand-up comedian and actress known for her sassy personality and blunt observations on current events, the difference between the sexes and races and life in general. Much of her humor comes from her delivery, timing and distinctive voice, a loud, brassy instrument that adds an edge to her humor, as in this observation about white-collar corporate thieves: "You get mugged, you might lose what you got on that DAY. But I ain't never been mugged of my FUTURE." She is also a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, VA.
She has appeared in such films as Pootie Tang and on TV shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm; she starred in her own, short-lived Fox network sitcom, Wanda at Large, in 2003. The same year, Sykes appeared in an hour-long comedy special, Tongue Untied, that aired on Comedy Central. That network also ranked her number 70 on its list of the 100 greatest standups of all time. She has also served as a correspondent for HBO's Inside the NFL, hosts Comedy Central's popular Premium Blend, and provides the voice for a recurring character named Gladys ("There is a TURD on my back seat!") on Comedy Central's puppet show Crank Yankers.
Sykes wrote Yeah, I Said It, a book of humorous observations on various topics, which was published in September 2004.