Exclusive: Wanda Sykes mentors Nikki Carr on the next "Last Comic Standing"

Tomorrow night, the final eight comics learn how to shine in talk show interviews.

Finalist Nikki Carr kills on "Last Comic Standing"

The comic talks coming out and working with her “shero” Wanda Sykes.

NBC Press Day: Wanda Sykes, Roseanne and Jill Flint

On Tuesday I attended NBC’s Summer Press Day, a day long panel extravaganza filled with actors you vaguely recognize from USA, E!, SyFy, Netflix, and of course NBC. Walking in to the press room with my iPad mini and seeing 50 laptop screens aglow felt a lot like Elle Woods walking in to that Harvard classroom with just a notebook. Happily, I quickly realized that reporters brought laptops to entertain themselves during panels they didn’t care about. My iPad mini more than rose the the occasion.

The first show of interest was Last Comic Standing, executive produced by Wanda Sykes. Also on the panel was Roseanne Barr (a judge) and out executive producer Page Hurwitz. One highlight was when a reporter brought up the “women aren’t funny” question.

Kate Moennig tweeted this. LESBIAN DINNER PARTY.
Gotta love Wanda Sykes.

Jane Lynch, Wanda Sykes, Billie Jean King and other gaymos love Obama.


“I’m a black, gay woman.  I think the only way for the GOP to hate me more is if I sent them a video of me rolling around on a pile of welfare checks.” - Wanda Sykes

Wanda for fucking President.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Honestly I really don’t care what Adam says. All due respect, I think this is the most anyone has ever talked about Adam Carolla so good for him.

Wanda Sykes doesn’t even care about you, Adam Carolla.
Some other celebrities who were hounded by gay rumors for years, like Clay Aiken and Ricky Martin, waited until they had children to come out. Wanda Sykes came out as a married lesbian in November of 2008 as she campaigned against Prop 8. Her wife gave birth to twins the following April. I’m not a genius but by my math her wife was about halfway through her pregnancy when Sykes came out. It’s possible that for all of these celebrities coming out had nothing to do with becoming parents but the timing certainly suggests that they may have been thinking about their new families when they decided to step out of the closet. I can’t know why these celebrities chose to come out when they had children but I can venture a guess based on my own experiences. -Lucy Hallowell
Coming Out for the Kids

This one lady comes up to me, she wasn’t drunk or anything, and she goes “Lenny Kravitz.” And for some reason, I was flattered.

Morning Brew - Friday, April 20: A clip from “Jack & Diane,” Wanda Sykes on “Ellen”