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Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me (2009)

Emmy(R)-winning actress/comic Wanda Sykes returns to HBO for her second full-length stand-up special. Taped at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., this riotous performance features Wanda's hilarious takes on a variety of topics.

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Telling it like it is
26 February 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Wanda Sykes, one of the funniest women working in television and films, made a rare solo appearance for HBO. Taped in Washington in front of an adoring audience, Ms. Sykes proves she is at the top of her craft. She is a lady that has no problems taking a number of issues that interest her for a 90 minutes presentation with a lot of laughs.

Among the topics Ms. Sykes chose for this one-woman show were the first Black-American president, someone she feels deserves her admiration while making fun of the way he changed a lot of rules that didn't come into being in previous administrations. She also talked about her own coming out as a lesbian and the bliss of married life to another woman with whom she has a solid relationship. Ms. Sykes made fun of her own coming out as a lesbian, just the opposite of coming out as a black person to her own parents!

One of the highlights of the show had to be the all-gay cruise in which she was the entertainer. It's a riot watching her go through the motions of that experience among more than three thousand men, something that reminded us of the similar cruise that Rosie O'Donnell took and documented in a documentary.

The last segment of the show is a hysterical account of celebrities' endorsement of product, like the case of Jamie Lee Curtis advertising a yogurt with magical properties that Ms. Sykes has successfully tried herself.

Directed with precision by Beth McCarthy Miller, the show is a riot to watch. The pacing by Ms. Sykes is impeccable, something other comedians should study because she never lets the audience rest. Wanda Sykes keeps the jokes coming at a steady pace that leaves the crowd wanting more. Ms. Sykes curtain calls showed a grateful woman that loves to entertain her fans in her own, unique style.


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