Wanda Sykes: I’m an Entertainer Review – Sykes is back and nobody is safe

May 22, 2023
Ricky Valero 2
Film Reviews, Netflix, Streaming Service


Wanda Sykes: I’m An Entertainer is far from perfect, but when Sykes hits her stride, very few are better.

Here is our review of the 2023 Netflix Stand Up Special Wanda Sykes: I’m an Entertainer, released on May 23rd, 2023.

Wanda Sykes has been doing stand-up comedy for over twenty years, which has vaulted her to be named one of the 25 greatest comedians of all time.

Sykes is making her return for her second stand-up comedy special for Netflix, Wanda Sykes: I’m an Entertainer.

Wanda Sykes: I’m an Entertainer Review

Wanda Sykes: I’m an Entertainer sees the return of Wanda Sykes to the stage to sound off on parenting with her French wife, public bathrooms, and why she is exhausted from going high when others go low. 

Sykes hits the stage, talking about everything we’ve been through since her last special in 2019. Of course, COVID was brought up, and thankfully she brought something fresh to the table.

After two years of dodging COVID, it finally got hold of Sykes. Her time in isolation made her realize that she got the freedom she didn’t know she needed from her family. It was a very solid opening as she made it relatable and brought us into her day-to-day life.

I have mentioned this several times while covering stand-up comedy specials that I have a huge issue with people using their time on the stage to become politicians. A massive chunk of this special felt like one giant TED Talk instead of a comedian telling jokes. Over and over again, you think Sykes is going to reel us back in, and she turns it political. It’s frustrating to the point where most will turn it off.

There is a massive chunk of the special that is just that, and while you can agree or disagree with what she is saying on stage, that’s up to you, but this could be saved for a podcast. They aren’t jokes, and I’m not laughing, so please stop with the TED Talks on the stage.

One hilarious thing was listening to Sykes dissect her relationship with her white wife and kids. While she gets deep into the racial divide going through the country, she tackles it in a funny way highlighting how her interracial relationship can bring such an interesting perspective to her life. I would love to hear her wife’s reaction to some of these jokes because they were hilarious.

When Sykes hones in on the jokes, there aren’t very many people that are better on stage.

Her stage presence, over-the-top impressions, and her honest look at the racial divide in a way that makes it funny but honest at the same time. Very few are able to make you laugh and say preach girl within the same joke. Also, her deconstruction of the Democrats and Republicans was spot on.

Is Wanda Sykes: I’m an Entertainer Good or Bad?

This special will divide audiences based on Sykes’s political rant, which will cause some to turn it off. However, if you don’t mind the political preaching mixed with some fantastic jokes, the special will be for you.

When Sykes focuses on the jokes, her stand-up is legendary. If you take out that fifteen-twenty-minute rant, you are looking at a great special.

Is Wanda Sykes: I’m an Entertainer worth watching?

Yes. Fans of Wanda Sykes will be clamoring over this special for the right reasons. While the political nature of the show may derail some of the special, how Sykes blends together her family into her jokes will have audiences laughing for the majority of the show. 

What did you think of the 2023 Netflix Stand Up Special Wanda Sykes: I’m an Entertainer? Comment below.

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2 thoughts on “Wanda Sykes: I’m an Entertainer Review – Sykes is back and nobody is safe

  • May 24, 2023 at 2:29 pm

    Pedantic, predictable, not very funny, loaded with political bs. I turned it off.

  • May 25, 2023 at 11:53 am

    Loved it. She was spot on and very funny.

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