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Image Nabs Wanda Sykes Comedy Special

24 Apr, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Image Entertainment April 24 announced it has signed an exclusive agreement with sharp-tongued comedienne Wanda Sykes to produce and distribute a live stand-up television special, DVD and CD from her two-day appearance at The Moore Theatre in Seattle earlier this month.

Street dates and pricing for the DVD and CD have not been determined, according to a spokesperson for the Chatsworth, Calif.-based distributor. The DVD will feature the best moments from the two live performances plus extras, including behind-the-scenes footage and a Q&A session with select audience members.

Sykes, who is wrapping up a national stand-up tour, chose Seattle to film the DVD following a positive response to her first visit during Comedy Central's 2004 “Cotton T-Shirt” tour.

“I was just blown away,” said Sykes. “The crowd was great. They were really smart, like the first time ever hearing a joke.”

The 42-year-old Sykes was nominated in January for an NAACP Image Award for her recurring role on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David.

A frequent critic of the Bush administration, Sykes said the president's ongoing issues with Iraq and other policies left her with the realization she didn't have to “beat people over the head” with the topic because it is just too easy.

Sykes said she does not look forward to Bush's departure from the White House because of all the material he has given her act.

“Oh yeah, he's a decider,” said Sykes, laughing. “As long he doesn't get us all killed, we can keep laughing. That's the only problem, you know, it's funny but hey, is he going to get us all killed or arrested.”

Sykes said she enjoyed participating in the filming of the bonus material for the DVD to a point.

“It was okay during the day when I was going to radio stations doing PR but the closer it got and it was time to get ready for the show, then I asked [the camera person] to beat it,” Sykes said.

She said she understands viewers might want to see what routine she goes through to get ready for a stand-up act, but “they don't need to see me sacrificing some little animals. That's not cool.”

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