Veteran comedian Wanda Sykes has been in the business for over 30 years, writing for legends like Chris Rock and Keenen Ivory Wayans, and appearing in projects like Ice Age, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Black-ish. Now, she’s taking her talents to Netflix.
Sykes will premiere her fifth stand-up special on the streaming giant in 2019, joining fellow big name comedians like Rock, Dave Chappelle, Cedric the Entertainer, Ali Wong, Cristela Alonzo, Ellen DeGeneres and others on the network.
Sykes’ last special, 2016’s What Happened… Ms. Sykes, focused on her life, family, race and politics, and her upcoming Netflix effort will likely offer fans even sharper critiques of the world we live in today.
Sykes and Netflix are excited about the upcoming collaboration, but the announcement comes less than a year after the comedian joined Mo’Nique in her critique of the streaming platform.
Earlier this year, Mo’Nique accused Netflix of racial and gender bias after reportedly offering her $500,000 for a comedy special. Sykes chimed in to say the network initially approached her to perform a stand-up special for even less.
.@moworldwide, thank you for speaking out. @netflix offered me less than half of your $500k. I was offended but found another home. #EPIX
“Thank you for speaking out. @netflix offered me less than half of your $500k,” Sykes tweeted to Mo’Nique back in January. “ I was offended but found another home.”
While there’s no word on the amount Sykes is receiving for her upcoming special, we guess Netflix finally paid the comedian what she’s worth.