For comedian and Philly resident Wanda Sykes, motherhood—and meeting president Barack Obama—caused life to come full circle.
A fixture on Borgata’s entertainment calendar, Wanda Sykes puts Atlantic City crowds in stitches again this June.
Wanda Sykes is a clever, biting comic actor and stand-up comic known for roles in animated films and television shows such as Ice Age: Collision Course and HBO’s Animals, to say nothing of non-animated, but-no-less adrenalized shows like Black-ish and her upcoming The Dream Team But, let’s face it, her signature nasal tone could make Shakespeare sound like a comedy bit. “I think directors want me for that familiar voice of mine,” says Sykes. “But I’m definitely acting, putting a different spin to every character I tackle.” The same will surely be true of the topics she’ll juggle on stage at the Borgata’s Music Box in Atlantic City, June 10–11. Quiet about where she lives, Sykes, wife Alex Niedbalski, and their fraternal twins, daughter Olivia Lou and son Lucas Claude, split their time between LA and Media. What Sykes isn’t shy about is her milestone moment, a surprisingly recent one, 2009’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. “There was a lot going on for me at that time,” she says laughing. “That was a huge stage, the world was watching let alone everyone in that room and it was for the first African-American president. Plus, I had just become a mother before the dinner. My wife and family was with me during the dinner, and it just put me on another level. I became completely sure of who I was and what my mission was. I felt unstoppable.