Wanda Sykes: Not Normal first hourlong Netflix special from a Black woman

Wanda Sykes has a new special coming out on Netflix. The veteran stand-up’s special, Wanda Sykes: Not Normal, will launch globally on May 21.

While not much is known about the content of the special, Netflix said in a release that the hour-long comedy special will feature a healthy serving of political critique. Sykes isn’t shy to say that the current political climate is “not normal.”

This year, Sykes has been busy appearing on black-ish and The Other Two as well as serving as an executive producer on EPIX’s Unprotected Sets. She’s also got a hand in the upcoming animated Netflix stand-up showcase Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready.

With this special, Sykes will become the first African-American woman to have her own full-length comedy special on Netflix (a little late on that, Netflix, but fine). Tiffany Haddish will join the Chris Rock Show writer later this year with her own special from Netflix Is A Joke—which on Wednesday announced a partnership with SiriusXM for its own radio channel.

Netflix responds to lack of Black female comedians

Last year, Netflix was met with controversy for allegedly low balling black female comedians when it came to deals for their specials. While Mo’Nique was the first to talk about the issue, Sykes joined in to publicly support the Precious star and divulge via her Twitter that Netflix also tried low ball her.

While how much Netflix is paying Sykes for Not Normal isn’t public knowledge, they have come to an agreement and the Pootie Tang star is excited for the upcoming special. Sykes took to Instagram to make the announcement. The caption reads, “Y’all…I’m so excited about this. I’m like a kid waiting for Christmas. I can’t wait for you to see it! May 21st!”

In the announcement video, Sykes hilariously tries to do everything herself before her big special, including selling tickets and sweeping up.

You can watch the full video here.

Rosa Escandon

I am a stand up comic and writer living in Brooklyn, NY. When I'm not on stage, I am Comedy Editor for The Tusk, sit on the board of the Cinder Block Comedy Festival, and writing my next project. I am passionate about writing about feminism and comedy as well as how women, LBGTQ people, and minorities are changing the face of comedy and entertainment. You may have seen me on Buzzfeed Video, Seriously.TV, aplus, or maybe just on twitter.

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