If you want to see a master of stand-up comedy, then you need to check out Wanda Sykes new Netflix Special ’Not Normal’. You know Sykes from her role as Barbara Baran in ‘The New Adventures of Old Christine’, and for her comedic roles in such films as Monster-in-Law and My Super Ex-Girlfriend or TV in The Drew Carey Show and Curb Your Enthusiasm. You may not know she is an unsung hero of The Chris Rock Show as a writer, made guest appearances, and won an Emmy Award for her writing in 1999. Or, in 2009, she became the first African American woman and first openly gay person to be the featured entertainer for the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Somehow, she just keeps getting better.
Nearly every sentence of the special is a punchline. She effortlessly takes down Trump, racism, the opioid crisis and The Bachelor. Sykes helps you feel sane again when she says four simple words you didn’t realise you were desperate to hear, “shit is not normal.”
Warning: Sykes’s special is not for Trump supporters. As Sykes notes in her opening “if you voted for Trump… …and you came to see me… …you fucked up again.”