Wanda Sykes brings her comedy tour to Atlantic City, discusses marriage equality and life after breast cancer
by Whitney Ullman
Entertainment Weekly once named Wanda Sykes one of the 25 funniest people in America. If you haven't seen her in person, now's your chance because this hilarious comedian is headlining at The Borgata May 3 - 4!
NJ.com chatted with Wanda about everything from her routine while in the casino, to her thoughts about marriage equality. Check it out:
NJcom: Tell us about a typical day for you when you stay in Atlantic City?
Sykes: The Borgata is like a whole different experience for me. This time I'm going to try to be a little more monitored. I'm not talking about on stage, I'm talking about, usually I get myself in a little bit of trouble before the show at The Borgata. Usually I get there, relax a little bit, grab something to eat, a couple of drinks, a little gambling and then next thing I know, I loose all track of time and it's like, 'oh, my god. okay, I need some coffee,' and it's time for the show. But this time, I already know how I am going to space it out, so I'm ready for this trip.
When you gamble, do you prefer table games or slots?
Sykes: I usually like the table games. I play blackjack, but now I'm a little older, I win a little bit on the table and then I'll lose everything. I last much longer on the slot machines.
You're known for naming the fat roll on your stomach Esther. Fans want to know how she is doing and does she still show up unannounced?
Sykes: Oh, Esther is here! Actually I'm going to have to take her to court and file a complaint, because I think she's lost it. I didn't tell her she can bring in other tenants, but I think she moved a friend in upstairs, so it's like, Esther is where she is but now it looks like someone is living above her. So now I've got 2 rolls going on. I don't like this at all.
Are they producing another season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and what's one of your favorite memories from working with Larry David?
Sykes: I have no idea. I don't know if Larry is still doing the shows. I only know when I get the calls to book me for an episode, so I have no idea what's going on with the show.
One of my favorite memories was the very first episode I did, that was I think my favorite. That was the one where he drives by and he says 'Hey, I know that tush anywhere.' That was the most memorable and most favorite because it was the first time doing it. It was a funny episode and because it was the first one for me. He kept laughing, he could not keep a straight face. We had to keep shooting and doing things over because he could not keep a straight face.
Was the filming of "New Adventures of Old Christine" as fun as it was to watch?
Sykes: Oh, yea, yes. We had a great time during that show, the entire cast was so much fun. We would get into giggling fits and all, but I really miss doing that show.
Are you bringing back your late night talk show "The Wanda Sykes Show"?
Sykes: No, no! You know I did it, it was every Friday night when we filmed and aired on Saturday. But it was hard; it was work. I don't see how those guys do it every night. It was hard but I enjoyed it.
Talk to us about your journey of recovery from breast cancer?
Sykes: Yes, I don't think about it until I get out of the shower, and look myself in the mirror and see a scar and think, 'oh, wow, I forgot. Yeah, I had cancer.' During that time it was scary, but I had a lot of support and I also had a couple of friends who I have lost and a lot of friends who are going through it right now. I also knew I was very, very fortunate to have detected it at such an early stage. So yes, I was pretty confident that I was going to be okay and I'm all good today.
What are your feelings with regards to the enormous amount of support for same sex marriage equality?
Sykes: I'm very optimistic, especially because I have kids and you want the world to be a good place for them. I am very hopeful that I see the shift in the country that is more supportive of marriage equality.
Speaking of kids, how does it feel being a mom of twins?
Sykes: Tiring, but it's the best thing I've ever done, but it's tiring.
Has the direction of your career changed at all since you made your sexual orientation public?
Sykes: It really hasn't changed as far as the direction of it. I actually feel like I have more freedom now because there's no secrets. Everything is just out there on the table. So, I think it just opened up more things for me.
What can we look forward to in the future of Wanda Sykes?
Sykes: I have a movie coming out at the end of June or beginning of July. It's a small movie called The Hot Flashes. It's with myself, Brooke Shields, Camryn Manheim, Daryl Hannah, Virginia Madsen and Eric Roberts. We reunite our high school championship basketball team to challenge the current team for a charity game, because we are trying to save our towns mobile mammography unit. It's a lot of fun.
Whitney is an on-air multimedia personality, and works behind the scenes helping businesses gain extra exposure, through her WIN Promotions video production services.