She is back with Wanda Sykes: Not Normal, streaming starting on Tuesday on Netflix, the company Sykes called out just last year for pay inequality.
Sykes tells Variety, the showbiz daily:
They know what their numbers are, but they don’t tell you so I’m not worried about people having to tune in at a certain time. People can watch it whenever they want to watch it, so you get that long life of the special instead of after the first two weeks then it goes away. You always get people who are just now finding it. That was really appealing.
If you get a special on Netflix, and if you put out a good special, and then you go out on tour, your ticket sales go up.
Despite its title, Sykes’ new stand-up special still has the hilarious topics of the Emmy-winning comedian, who continues to pull no punches whether she is candidly taking on racism, parenting, or her darkest topic of all: The Bachelor.
Sykes feels no need to be shy about politics in her act:
For me to go out and not do anything politically, it would be ignoring the orange elephant in the room. People expect me to say something. I’m a black woman and I’m a lesbian; there’s a lot of shit that’s wrong in my world right now. So for me to just go out and talk about my family and act like everything is fine, it’s like, what planet am I living on?
In Not Normal, Sykes opens by addressing the audience with:
If you voted for Trump, and you came to see me? You fucked up again.
She covers a lot of topics she is baffled by, including Trump’s relationship with Russia, and why she believes “black people need a publicist”.
Sykes says her approach for Not Normal was to look at the big picture because POTUS spends so much time on social media, the element just fit into her show’s theme. Sykes:
He’s tweeting something every day. You can’t get too micro because there’s going to be another crazy thing right after this one.
In Not Normal, she keeps her optimism:
Overall, I still have hope it’s going to work out. It’s going to be all right, there’s just these things we have to get past.