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Wanda Sykes interview to promote her concert at Uptown Comedy Corner July 30-31

In 2006, actress and comedienne Wanda Sykes packed the Tabernacle, drawing more than 2,000 people.

So how did Uptown Comedy Corner, which fits 350 people, nab such a big star for such a modest venue?

Family connections. Her cousin Angelo Sykes happens to be a co-owner.

Fellow co-owner Gary Abdo said they ran into her two years ago in Las Vegas at a comedy festival and asked her to come to Atlanta then. But it’s taken her two years to find an opening in her schedule.

“She’s a very hard-working woman, God bless her,” Abdo said. “Her schedule is jampacked.”

Abdo said he loves her brand of “sharp, biting, sarcastic wit. I’m going to watch all four shows.” (Rush Limbaugh fans thought she was bit too biting during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this spring.)

Sykes, in a brief interview earlier this week, said she’ll use the time in the club to prepare for an HBO special she’s going to tape next month and set to air this fall.

When asked how her cousin roped her into doing the gig, she cracked, “Oh Lord! I should get a DNA test to make sure we’re related!”

Sykes not only starts back on season four of CBS sitcom “The New Adventures of Old Christine” next month but is planning a new weekly Saturday night talk show on Fox TV starting November 7. It will replace “Mad TV” at 11 p.m.

“We are in the early stages of the concept of the show,” Sykes said. “So far, we have me. We know I’m going to be on the show.”

If anything, she said she’ll have an outlet to talk about current events.

IF YOU GO
Wanda Sykes
Uptown Comedy Corner
800 Marietta St., NW Atlanta
July 30, 31, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. each day
$30-$40
www.ticketweb.com

21 comments Add your comment

atl1000

July 28th, 2009
8:10 pm

i love love lovvve wandy sykes! she’s the best thing about the funny ‘new adventures of old christine’.

THE TRUTH

July 28th, 2009
8:15 pm

She is so awesome and she has such a beautiful spouse and children…

Beagle Bailey

July 28th, 2009
8:32 pm

She’s a dog-ugly shrew who only knows how to make crude, pathetic statements about her perverted sexual preferences. She knows she can’t compete with even the least attractive women, so she has given up and ‘makes it’ with others like her who also can’t compete. She’s not at all funny or talented, so don’t waste your money….go frog giggin’ or ’skeeter hunting — you’ll enjoy it more.

Barb Eldred

July 28th, 2009
9:13 pm

Beagle Bailey is an idiot.

Anti-Beagle

July 28th, 2009
9:36 pm

Wanda Sykes show at The Tabernacle was one of the funniest live comedy shows that I’ve seen. I wish I could see this show. Beagle, people like you who just waste everyone’s time with inane, hateful comments about someone’s lifestyle are totally irrelevant to the topic of this story. If you don’t like Wanda, why did you read the article?

rae rae

July 28th, 2009
9:46 pm

Beagle Bailey is ignorant….too many people like u in the world…

Shawn

July 28th, 2009
10:26 pm

Beagle, I am sure you look like a Beagle. Wanda Sykes is talented and funny. She wouldn’t be where she is if she wasn’t. And what do you do for a living? Thought so! Shut up.

ol Guy

July 28th, 2009
10:37 pm

Wanda Sykes is just another big mouthed no talent person who tries to make up for her lack of talent by being crude. She’s not funny in the least.

Harpie

July 29th, 2009
12:55 am

Wanda Sykes is hilarious, and Beagle Bailey is a blooming IDIOT!

Abdullah

July 29th, 2009
5:06 am

I think Wanda is a pervert she has admitted to being Lesbian. God created Adam and Eve man and woman to be together. Not Eve and Wanda. and she is not funny either.Don’t support her.

CJ

July 29th, 2009
6:54 am

You know you have made it when people start hating on you. Go Wanda, much continued success to you girl!

PJ

July 29th, 2009
7:32 am

All the Wanda hater’s should get a another life!!!! you go to much time on your hands idiots…She is a very funny person…and I do like her style…no other comedian has her style…so Wanda…keep up the good work girl…

GaNative

July 29th, 2009
7:45 am

She eats more Lap Pie than a man.

wbj

July 29th, 2009
7:52 am

I am not a fan of Wanda Sykes. It has nothing to do with her sexualty. I find her humor many times a little too off key for my tastes. However, there have been times when she has been absolutely hilarious without being crass. Would I pay to see her, probably not. Would I go if someone paid my way,…..probably. If you know beforehand, that she covers life’s landscape and comments about any and everything may come out, your’re better prepared for the evening. Rosie O’Donnell is a comedian I would not pay to see and would not go if I was given front row center seats. If Ellen Degeneres were in town, I would go see her. It’s how you carry yourself. Hetersexuals can be crass too, so don’t judge too harshly. Judge by the individual.

wandasucks

July 29th, 2009
8:06 am

Wanda is not even funny. Her jokes are boring and I change the station each time I see her on television. SHE IS NOT FUNNY. She needs to find a new career. This is not hating. It’s factual. Her show was cancelled because she is boring and not funny. A person’s sexuality has nothing to do with being humorous. If Elle DeGeneres came to town, I would be the first to purchase a ticket. She is funny. I would pay to see Larry the Cable Guy, Jeff Foxworthy, and my favorite, Ron White. Ron White is a hoot and a holler. Oh, and I am an African American.

Jessica

July 29th, 2009
8:30 am

I’ve never seen Wanda’s stand up act in person, but I have tickets and will be attending. We’ll see…

john

July 29th, 2009
8:37 am

There are some stupid comments made on here (Abdullah & Beagle Bailey). You two are complete idiots. You two haters are probably just two ugly, depressed individuals who need love…lol

notaracist

July 29th, 2009
8:56 am

Listen, people are certainly entitled to their opinion. Some like her some do not. Some people are put off by gays,again their choice. I do not think it is any better to call someone an idiot because they think differently. Everyone is not going to agree with you, and it is okay. I think some of the things she do are funny. It is all in your taste of humor. Her sexuality is between her and God. My approval or disapproval is not needed. Although I am glad that she is successful.

wandasucks, can't you read...

July 29th, 2009
10:01 am

…if there is one thing that Wanda does not do it is suck!

penelopeoliveoil

July 30th, 2009
10:32 am

I happenned to have the pleasure of seeing Wanda’s stand up many years ago at the uptown comedy club, and then two weeks later, met her at a restaurant where I was working at the time.
Not only is she a talented and funny performer, but she is a warm and wonderful lady, who is totally down to earth!
When I recognized her, she ran off to the ladies room in shock at being recognized, and her family laughed and shared her HBO news with me.
(she had just taped a special for HBO)
It was a high note in my life to see her show, and then to wait on her and her family!
But I never cared whether she was straight, gay, etc.
That’s her bizzness. Go, Wanda!

minnilovespizzza

November 7th, 2009
11:14 am

I love Wanda.She is soooo funny you go girl you rock. I wanna know what she does to her hair? I love it.