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Sykes to perform at Georgia Southern Saturday
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    Comedienne Wanda Sykes, who has appeared in such films as "Monster-In-Law" and "My Super Ex-Girlfriend," will be bringing her stand up comedy act to Statesboro Saturday evening.
    Sykes described her humor as "observational" and more about her life than about politics and current events.
    "When you're tired and angry about things, it's hard to make that funny," she said from her home in Los Angeles Thursday. "It's more personal and about me instead of what's going on in the world."
    Tickets for Saturday's show, which begins at 8 p.m., are $25 for the general public and $15 for Georgia Southern students. Tickets are available at room 1058 of the Russell Student Union on campus or the night of the show at the Hanner Fieldhouse box office. Tickets can also be ordered online at or by telephone by calling 1-800-514-3849.
    Saturday's performance is part of what Sykes called a "mini-tour" in which she's visiting a mixture of college campuses and clubs before ending with a couple of theater performances.
    In addition to her stand up comedy, Sykes has appeared on several television shows, including "Will & Grace," "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" as well as providing voice work for the animated movies "Over the Hedge" and "Barnyard."
    Despite dabbling in acting and voice work, Sykes said her true passion is stand up comedy.
    "I think stand up will always be my first love," she said. "That's where I started and when you're on stage and everyone's laughing, that's a really powerful feeling."
    Movies, she said, take such a long time from the beginning of production to seeing them on the screen that there have been times she's forgotten that it hasn't been released yet.
    In fact, she said she hasn't seen a movie she's acted in yet that she's been completely satisfied with. She said the director has control over which takes to use and what camera angle to use.
    "Being a stand up, you have complete control over whatever you say," she said. "Anything else, you don't have the same power."
    Sykes has been performing for more than 20 years after entering a radio contest in which she wrote some jokes and entered. From there she set out to be "a really funny comic" and didn't have her sights on movies or television.
    And even though she tells jokes for a living, she sees what she does as more than that.
    "When I look out and see people laughing, I think 'When was the last time this person had such a good time?' It gives you a sense  that there's more to what you're doing than just telling jokes for a living."
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