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DPAC Presents “Wanda Sykes Live!” on March 22nd

Comedian Wanda Sykes has won four Emmys

Comedian Wanda Sykes has won four Emmys

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present Wanda Sykes Live! at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22nd, in its brand-new, 2,800-seat, state-of-the-art theater, in the American Tobacco District in downtown Durham, NC. A Portsmouth, VA native, the Emmy Award®-winning 46-year-old African-American stand-up comedian, actress, and author will be making her DPAC debut.

According to the Durham Performing Arts Center:

“‘True to our presenting mission, we’re bringing the world’s best comedians to the stage at DPAC,” says Durham Performing Arts Center general manager Bob Klaus. ‘Wanda Sykes is an exceptional performer. Besides a wildly popular TV and movie career, her stand-up show is topical and painfully funny. Added with our other all-star comedy events like Brian Regan, Jerry Seinfeld, and Cedric the Entertainer, it’s clear that DPAC is the Triangle’s home for superstar entertainment.’ …

“Stand-up comedian, actress and writer Wanda Sykes is arguably one of the funniest stand-up comics today. Sykes recently wrapped the first season of her own late night talker on Fox. ‘The Wanda Sykes Show’ aired on Saturday nights.

“In October of 2009, she was seen in her second HBO stand-up special ‘I’ma Be Me.’ Sykes also returned as Barb in the CBS comedy ‘The New Adventures of Old Christine,’ [now] in it’s fifth season. In the fall of 2003, she was seen on Fox’s ‘Wanda at Large,’ in which she wrote, produced, and starred. She also has a one-hour Comedy Central special called ‘Wanda Sykes: Tongue Untied.’ In addition, she can be seen on HBO’s ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and heard on Comedy Central’s ‘Crank Yankers’ as the voice of Gladys Murphy.

“Her television resume is vast, and includes the ‘Wanda Sykes: Sick & Tired’ comedy special and the critically acclaimed ‘Chris Rock Show’ on HBO, [for] which she was nominated for three Primetime Emmys. In 1999, she won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special. In 2001, she won the American Comedy Award for Outstanding Female Stand-Up Comic. She won three more Emmys, in 2002, 2004, and 2005, for her work on ‘Inside the NFL.’

“[Wanda] Sykes has appeared in the feature films Evan Almighty and Monster-In-Law, and lent her voice to Over the Hedge for Dreamworks. Her first book, titled Yeah I Said It, is a hilarious collection of essays touching on life, family, and current events. In 2009, Sykes made history as the first African-American woman master of ceremonies at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner….”

SECOND OPINION: March 18th Raleigh, NC News & Observer preview by Karyn D. Collins:

The Durham Performing Arts Center presents WANDA SYKES LIVE! at 8 p.m. March 22 at DPAC, in the American Tobacco District, at 123 Vivian St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.

TICKETS: $34-$65.75 (including fees).


DPAC Box Office: 919/680-ARTS (2787),, or

Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000 or SHOW:





Wanda Sykes: (official website) and (Wikipedia), and (Internet Movie Database).


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