Becoming a mother was a “game changer” for funny lady Wanda Sykes.
While her family may provide plenty of material for her stand up act, the “New Adventures of Old Christine” and “MadTV” alum doesn’t regret starting a family.
“It’s a huge change, but it felt right. I just didn’t realize how much it would affect everything,” Sykes explained in a telephone interview.
She used to include a joke about her children in her shows: “People say having kids is a lot of work, but it’s worth it. I just stop with they’re a lot of work.”
Sykes, 52, doesn’t have many regrets, however.
“They’re fair game….My comedy is pretty much what happens in my life and that’s definitely what’s happening,” she said. “I can’t remember the last time I got to sleep past 7:30 except when I’m on the road touring and doing shows.”
South Florida audiences will get a taste of Sykes’ dry humor on Sunday, April 17 when she offers a sneak preview of her new comedy special at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood.
In addition to her family, she ticked off a list of topics for the show, including politics, Donald Trump, the environment, GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and food, the situation in Flint and race relations.
“I have this situation in my own home,” she explained. “I’m married to a French white woman with two white kids. I’m a minority in my own home.”
In addition to her upcoming comedy special, she remains busy. She has a recurring role in “Blackish” on ABC and will be appearing in episodes of Showtime’s “House of Lies” airing this summer.
But she’s most famous—especially with much younger fans—for her distinctive voice.
Sykes pointed out, “If the parent recognizes me, it’s from ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ but the kids know me as the witch on ‘Bubble Guppies’ (on Nickelodeon).”
She is reprising her popular role as the voice of Granny in the latest “Ice Age” film, due out later this year, and is very excited about a new project for Nickelodeon, in which she plays one of the parents of a same-sex doll family.
“Portia de Rossi plays my wife. We have two mommy dolls and two kid dolls, which is pretty cool,” Sykes said.
When she’s not touring, acting or playing mother, Sykes simply enjoys relaxing. She and her wife love boating, “even if it’s just fishing or for a ride.” She also has plans to do more writing.
“I’m a pretty decent writer,” she said. “I just like a good story. Of course, I like to think of something for me, but if there isn’t a part for me, fine. I want to approach it first as a writer.”
In the meantime, she admitted, she has plenty to keep her busy.
Wanda Sykes takes the stage at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Resort in Hollywood on Sunday, April 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $30 at MyHRL.com.