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Wanda Sykes Lands Netflix Stand-Up Comedy Special

Wanda Sykes is the latest stand-up to land an hour-long special on Netflix and will bring her signature wit and humor to the masses next year, according to a press release from the streaming giant.

Her 2019 special will be her first for Netflix and her fifth total, following 2003’s Wanda Sykes: Tongue Untied; 2006’s Wanda Sykes: Sick and Tired; 2009’s I’ma Be Me; and 2016’s What Happened…Ms Sykes?.  The former Roseanne show writer will be producing the special under her own company, Push It Productions, which she started with veteran producer Page Hurwitz.

This news comes eight months after Sykes claims she received an “offensive” offer from the company, saying she was offered less than Mo’Nique, whose $500K offer spearheaded her boycott against the streamer.

Fortunately, it appears contract negotiations ended well for all parties involved.

Tiffany Haddish is also set to make her Netflix debut next year. Lisa Nishimura, VP of original documentary and comedy, said in a statement, “Tiffany Haddish is a force. Hilariously funny, brash and self-effacing, she’s an incredible artist who is winning over audiences while breaking barriers, and we are tremendously proud that she will showcase her formidable talent on Netflix.”

Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.