Wanda Yvette Sykes  born March 7, is an American actress, comedian, and writer. In , Entertainment Weekly named Sykes as one of the 25 funniest people in America. Born in Portsmouth, Virginia ,  Sykes' family moved to Maryland when she was in third grade. Army colonel employed at the Pentagon. Her ancestry was traced back to a court case involving her paternal ninth great-grandmother Elizabeth Banks, a free white woman and indentured servant, who gave birth to a biracial child, Mary Banks, fathered by a slave, who inherited her mother's free status. According to historian Ira Berlin , a specialist in the history of American slavery, the Sykes family history is "the only such case that I know of in which it is possible to trace a black family rooted in freedom from the late 17th century to the present.
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Despite her success across a variety of platforms, the bohemian Berhnard took a DIY approach to recording and distributing her live performances, selling homemade CD-Rs in the lobby after her shows. Both Judy Gold and Suzanne Westenhoefer tried standup for the first time on a dare. In , she became the first openly gay comic to host her own HBO comedy special and, in , her appearance on Late Night with David Letterman marked the first appearance of an out gay comic on the CBS show better late than never, Dave! Lea DeLaria a. With her appearance on The Arsenio Hall show, she made history as the first openly gay comic to appear on a late-night talk show. Political comedian Kate Clinton is as outspoken as they come.
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Given that anger, and that specificity, Gadsby never thought the show would become popular, and yet it has, taking her from Australia and the U. With a debutante? A coming-out party? Those who know Gadsby from her work in the Australian comedy scene, or her appearances on the Australian comedy Please Like Me , might recognize the genial, witty, self-deprecating patter that begins Nanette. The title, she explains, comes from a woman she thought would be interesting enough to build an hour of comedy around, until she realized that woman was terribly boring.
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