Comedy, Fall Arts Picks

Wanda Sykes

When: Fri., Oct. 12, 8 p.m. 2012

While Sykes began her professional career as a not-so-funny procurement officer in the National Security Agency, she eventually made her way to the world of comedy, where she's won an American Comedy Award for "Outstanding Female Stand Up Comic" in addition to several Emmy awards. Known for her bold and cutting banter, Sykes has starred in everything from her own HBO special, I'ma be Me, to shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm to kids movies like Ice Age: Continental Drift. And she's not just funny. Her jokes often hint toward her other role as an active member in both the LGBT community and the American political scene at large. In 2009 she was even featured at the White House Correspondent dinner, making her the first African-American woman and the first openly gay person to perform as a comedian at the White House. Sykes roasted several of the attendees and even accused Rush Limbaugh of being a hijacker on 9/11. Sykes' past shows have covered wide-ranging topics, from aging and American Idol to racist dolphins and something she calls the "Department of Personal Shopping." Since much of her humor is amplified by her tough, mean-muggin' delivery, don't miss your chance to experience one of her hilarious tirades in person.

Libby Conwell

Price: $35-$65

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