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Today's guest is comic, actor and writer Wanda Sykes.
Her latest Netflix comedy special "Not Normal" was nominated for two Emmy awards. She came out right after Obama was elected, which was the same time California's Proposition 8 made gay marriage illegal in that state.
She's now married, and she talks about race and her family in the special. It does. I think about it a lot just because of the makeup of my family. I'm married to a white French woman, and we have two white. BIANCULLI: In her special, Sykes also talks about being diagnosed with breast cancer and having a double mastectomy and now going through menopause, dealing with hot flashes and belly fat and being afraid she's starting to grow Women looking nsa Burns Wyoming beard.
There's a solution. Like, a lot of women, they just take the estrogen, just take the hormone. Well, see, I can't take the estrogen. I can't take the hormone because of the type of breast cancer I had. But the irony of it all is, like, when - you know, 'cause I curse and stuff, and when people say to me, hey, Wanda, you know, would it kill you to be a little more ladylike? I go, yes. You were a comic during two terms of America's first African American president. And now you're a comic during the presidency of Donald Trump, who some people describe as racially divisive and others describe as just plain racist.
Is being a comic now different than being a comic during the Clinton years or the Obama years? It's much harder, actually. And you would think, oh, boy, there's so much to make fun of. But really, I can't write anything funnier or more ridiculous than what Trump actually says. What he says, it sounds like a joke. So it's basically - you're just repeating what he says.
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It's like doing a parody of a parody. And you had called him racist, sexist and homophobic. Were you surprised to get booed? I mean, these were people who were coming - who were paying money to come hear you. I would imagine most people who come hear you aren't surprised to hear what you think of President Trump.
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That was my fault. That was my fault because it wasn't my show, you know?
And when I say fault, I don't mean that - you know, that I take responsibility for being booed. I take responsibility as being a comic and not reading the room, you know? It's like, I'm in Boston. And it was a benefit for the Cam Neely Foundation, and, you know, my friend Denis Leary asked me to do it. And I've performed there before, and it's a great charity, and it's usually a fun night at the garden.
But this was right after the election, so Denis goes up and he does some Trump jokes, and people are laughing. And then another comic goes up, and he does a couple jokes - whatever, you know, some Trump stuff - and people laugh - another white guy. And so then I go up, and I do it.
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You know, the first joke is - you know, I get some laughs. There's a Trump joke. And then the second joke was the - hey, you know, this isn't the first time we've had a president who's, you know, racist, homophobic, sexist, but this is just the first one that we can confirm. And the crowd just turned then. And it was like, oh. And then I got it. I was like, oh, shoot.
That's right. I forgot. I'm a black lesbian female, and they aren't ready for this yet, you know? It's like, white guys, sure. Go ahead. Come on out. You can make fun of it 'cause we see it every night on late-night TV, white guys making fun of the president. And especially this president - fine.
But they weren't ready for - to see a black woman, who's happened to be a lesbian also, making fun of the president. And the room, it was I mean, like, fistfights broke out in the audience. I mean, it was It's Boston. Come on. I mean, really.
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It was nuts. It was - people were doing the, you know, heil Hitler move. They were - I heard N-words. I heard, you know - then you would hear other people, you know, telling them to, you know, shut up and all that. It was crazy.
I was like, hey, we're here for laughter - we're here for the Cam Neely Foundation laughter. So it's a type - it's a form of - yeah. It's to fight a form of cancer, yeah. And I was like, OK, hey, guess what? We're here for a good cause. You know, I had cancer. And then people kind of, like, settled down, and then I got them back.
I did. I got them back. And - you know, and there were still some rumblings going on in the audience, but I wrapped up my set. And, you know, and then as I said thank you and bye and as I was walking off the stage, my wife was there. And she runs out on the stage and grabs me and, you know, just gives me a big kiss. And so again, half the audience is going nuts, you know, like, applauding. And the other half is like, wait a minute. What's Women looking nsa Burns Wyoming on? What's happening? Who - why is this white woman kissing her now? What is going on? And my wife, she's, you know, smarter than I am.
So as we're leaving, she throws up the peaceand me, still bitter, I gave the finger. It was pretty funny - one of my finest moments.
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I was like, wait a minute. You - I thought we were both doing the finger. I was doing the peace - love, peace. I was like, oh. I was like, no, I was feeling the finger.
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I couldn't get that index up - couldn't get that index finger up. Is life for you personally different under President Trump than it was under President Obama? I have to - you know, you have to think about things now, you know, when you - even, like, something simple as going into a restaurant.
You know, you go in, and you see it's kind of crowded. And you try to get - you say, OK, you want a table?