Photo of Wanda Sykes Wanda Sykes

Stand-up comic Wanda Sykes, born March 7, 1964, in Portsmouth, Va., grew up the daughter of an Army colonel father and a banker mother. After graduating with a marketing degree from Hampton University, Sykes took a job with the National Security Agency. But an appearance at a Washington, D.C., talent showcase convinced Sykes that comedy was her true calling.

After working D.C. clubs for five years, Sykes quit her NSA job and moved to New York. There, she got a break opening for Chris Rock and was soon hired to write for "The Chris Rock Show," a gig that won her a writing Emmy.

In 2001, she won the American Comedy Award for Outstanding Female Stand-Up Comic. The next year, she parlayed an unlikely stint as commentator on "Inside the NFL" into another Emmy win. Sykes has appeared on "The Drew Carey Show" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm," as well as such films as Monster-in-Law and Pootie Tang.

Wanda Sykes in Ice Age: Collision Course

Ice Age: Collision Course

2016 PG

In this extraterrestrial animated epic, the "Ice Age" gang find themselves far up in the air after Scrat leaps off the planet while chasing his magical acorn, inadvertently triggering events that put Earth in jeopardy.

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