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The Wanda Sykes Show on FOX
raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina
3 March 2010
THE WANDA SYKES SHOW premiered on November 7, 2009 as part of the FOX
Television Network's Saturday Night/Late Night Line-Up. Wanda Sykes'
talk show was one of the new shows for the fall season,replacing the
long-running comedy/variety series "MAD-tv" after 14 seasons and also
replacing the dull and boring "The Spike Ferguson Show",aka "Talk With
Spike Ferguson". However,Wanda Sykes is usually an able performer,both
as a comedian and as an actress(from her roles on "The New Adventures
of Old Christine",to "Curb Your Enthusiasm" to her own short-lived
comedy series "Wanda At Large" which lasted two seasons for the FOX
Network),but she still seems uncomfortable as a talk show host.
To be fair and honest,she's logged only 14 episodes since her weekly
Saturday night talk show debuted on November 7, 2009,the week after the
New York Yankees won Game 7 of the World Series. It is amazing to how
this show has held up when FOX put her show on the same 11:00pm/EST
time slot opposite NBC's powerhouse....the long-running Saturday Night
Live,and it hasn't gotten any complaints yet. But its still in the
developing stages so we'll what happens from here.
Getting back to Wanda Sykes' talk show format,the jokes might play well
from the guest's chair or as part of a live routine which she is
howling hilarious and very funny with her sharp wit and dead on
humor,falls consistently flat when she speaks to the camera. What saves
it is the other half of the show....she does better hanging out with
guests in "Wanda's Bar",which is a Bill Maher style round table on
cultural and political current events,most of it coming from Wanda's
point of view.
The guest list is very diverse and plays to the fringe too...from adult
film actress Jenna Jameson to Margaret Cho,Megan Mullally, to Julia
Louis-Dreyfuss,Roseanne Barr,Tim Meadows,Seth MacFarlene, Alex
Bornstein,Neil Patrick Harris,Tracy Morgan,Tom Arnold to rapper Snoop
Dogg and many more.
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