Wanda Sykes is a funny woman. From her turns in Curb Your Enthusiasm to Clerks II, from Wanda at Large to The New Adventures of Old Christine, she has consistently and constantly exhibited a singular style of humor that keeps audiences in general, and me in particular, coming back for more.
I find the choice to do a direct-to-DVD stand up show an odd one, but in Wanda Sykes - Sick and Tired she once again proves hysterical. I’ve never seen her do stand up before, but she is clearly as much in her element here as she is in scripted (or relatively scripted) programs. Of course, as stand up is where her roots lie, I shouldn’t be surprised by this. And, I’m not really surprised, I’m just happy to have seen it.
There really is nothing particularly new or different about this DVD, it is a straight stand up performance (actually taped over the course of two different shows, though edited seamlessly to look like one), on a stage in front of a large audience. The camera angles and cuts are all pretty standard too. But, there’s a reason for that, it’s filmed in the absolute best way so as to highlight the talent on stage. And, there’s a lot to highlight here.
Sykes goes through the standard topics, from politics to pop culture to relationships. Through it all her acerbic, hard-hitting style comes through, and while not all her observations are necessarily true, the vast majority are funny (and that’s what really counts here). I will consciously avoid telling you some of the more funny moments in the show, as you will then be looking out for them and it might both dull their impact and cause you to miss other things. Suffice to say, it’s funny, virtually the whole thing is fun.
The show lasts approximately 70 minutes, fluidly moving from one topic to the next and rarely losing steam.