It is infinitely more difficult for women to make a name for themselves as a comedian and an actor, due to the inherent sexism in the industry and audience. However, there are a few women who have battled that sexism through thick and thin and have come out on top of their profession. Wanda Sykes, the American actor and comedian, is one such woman. Let us take a look at Wanda Sykes’ net worth in 2019.
Wanda Sykes was born in 1964 and raised in Washington D.C. Originally, she is from Portsmouth, Virginia. Both of her parents were employed, with her father working as a colonel in the U.S. Army at the Pentagon, and her mother working as a banker. Wanda attended a high school in Gambrills, Maryland, called Arundel High School. She completed her graduation from Hampton University. She has a degree in marketing, at the bachelor level, and was a member of the prestigious Alpha Kappa Alpha fraternity. She initially worked for a contracting sector at the National Security Agency, also known as the NSA.
This was her first ever job. She worked at the National Security Agency for a total of five years. In the show “Finding Your Roots”, where a person’s family ancestry and genealogy is traced back, Wanda Sykes’ family ancestry and genetics were traced back to 1693. This was in the year 2012. Her ancestry involved Elizabeth Banks, who was from Wanda’s paternal side, and her ninth great-grandmother. Banks was a white woman servant, who was the mother of a biracial person known as Mary Banks. Her father was a slave, freed due to inheriting her mother’s status. This is probably the only black free family, going back to the 17th century.
Wanda eventually grew tired of the five years’ worth of work at the National Security Agency and decided to try her hand at a talent showcasing stage. Her first performance, in front of an actual audience then took place in the year 1987. She continued performing locally until she started staying at New York City in 1992. She appeared in Def Comedy Jam, and her big break into the comedy scene was her performance at the Caroline Comedy Club, opening the night for Chris Rock. After being noticed for her comedic talent, she joined Chris Rock’s show in the capacity of a writer.
She also made numerous appearances in the show during its runtime. She then acted in various films, and even in a sitcom based on her own life, called “Wanda at Large”. She then got the opportunity to film a comedy special for Comedy Central, and called it “Tongue Untied”. Wanda even worked as a sports correspondent in Inside the NFL, being an avid basketball fan herself. Apart from working as an actress and a comedian, she has also authored a book called “Yes, I Said It”. She continued working in various films and sitcoms, as well as performing in various stand-up specials.
Awards and Achievements
For her work as a contributor and writer on Chris Rock’s show, she has been nominated for and has won the Emmy awards multiple times. Comedy Central ranked her as one of the top 100 stand-up comedians in the world. Her comedy specials have also been nominated for Emmy awards. She is openly LGBT and a supporter of LGBT rights, being the first African-American woman to be the entertainer at a White House Correspondent hosted dinner.
Net worth of Wanda Sykes
Her career as an author, comedian and actor has propelled her worth to great heights. She has an estimated net worth of $7.5 million in today’s world of entertainment and business.
Fighting sexism and racial bigotry, Wanda Sykes has worked extremely hard to get to this stage. The best part is, she looks like she is only getting started.