Wanda Sykes uses personal experience to get a laugh from audience

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By Kayla Tucker – A&E/Features Editor

Wanda Sykes’ performance at this year’s LaughFest performance gave the audience what they wanted – thought provoking humor.

Keith Robinson opened the night for Wanda Sykes.  Photo by John Rothwell
Keith Robinson opened the night for Wanda Sykes. Photo by John Rothwell

Keith Robinson with jokes about his addiction to red wine, republicans, and ISIS got the crowd warmed up for Sykes.

From jokes about the American diet, to the social media revolution, Sykes, 51, told the audience how she feels, and how we should feel as well.

Sykes’ career has led her to appear nationwide and on TV shows such as “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “New Adventures of Old Christine”, and “The Wanda Sykes Show.”’

She walked on to the stage talking about how honored she was to be performing on behalf of Gilda’s Club and how she herself is a breast cancer survivor.

Sykes noted that Barack Obama’s presidency has divided the nation racially, to the point where people either love him or hate him, based on his race.

Wanda Sykes performing at Devos Hall for Gilda's Laughfest of 2015.  Photo by John Rothwell
Wanda Sykes performing at Devos Hall for Gilda’s Laughfest of 2015. Photo by John Rothwell

“I want him to go off,” she said, hoping that Obama will snap one day and let the world know how he feels about the media’s accusations.

She also addressed the topic that being gay is not a choice. The audience greeted her serious topics with shouts and applauses.

Sykes said that every day she asks herself how she got to where she is in life, which is married to a french woman with two kids, of whom she is quick to say that they are all white, while she is not. When her kids come in her bedroom at night she said that there’s “nothing scarier than two creepy white kids at the foot of your bed.”

“How did all these white people get in my house?” Sykes joked, saying that the way she feels must be how the Obamas feel in the White House.

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