"Wanda Sykes is coming to Athens!"
I was on the phone with my hubby right quick when I heard the announcement from  The Classic Center Theatre.  Wanda Sykes is, hands down, absolutely our favorite comedian.  We got hooked on her TV show  "Wanda at Large" about 10 years ago, and watched them all again a couple of years ago when we found them on our satellite programming (I think we're about ready for a round with Netflix-- will have to check that out).

Now we're going to get to see her live and in person! Wanda Sykes is bringing her one-of-a-kind stand-up comedy to The Classic Center Theatre stage on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at www.ClassicCenter.com.

Here's the rest of the press release from The Classic Center:

Wanda Sykes has been called "one of the funniest stand-up comics" by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America. Her smart-witted stand-up has sent her career in many different areas.

Sykes in the last two years has been seen on several television shows, such as her own late night talk show on FOX, “The Wanda Sykes Show.” In October 2009, she had her second HBO stand- up special “I’ma Be Me.” She also was seen on the CBS comedy “The New Adventures of Old Christine” as “Barb.” Her first HBO comedy special, “WANDA SYKES: SICK & TIRED” debuted in October 2006 and was nominated for a 2007 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.

Sykes was seen in the feature films “Evan Almighty,” the sequel to “Bruce Almighty,” in which she co-starred with Steve Carell, the feature film “Monster-In-Law” starring opposite Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda, and was heard in the animated feature “Over The Hedge” for Dreamworks, as well as “The Barnyard” for Paramount Pictures. She also can be seen co-starring with Luke Wilson and Uma Thurman in the romantic comedy “My Super Ex-Girlfriend.” Sykes starred and produced the Comedy Central show "Wanda Does It" where she tried various non-showbiz jobs. Her first book titled “Yeah, I Said It,” published by Simon and Schuster, hit bookstores in September 2004. “Yeah, I Said It” is a hilarious collection of essays touching on life, family and current events.

In the fall of 2003 she was seen on Fox's "Wanda at Large," which she wrote, produced and starred in. She also has a one hour Comedy Central special called "Wanda Sykes: Tongue Untied.”  In addition, she can be seen on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" or heard on Comedy Central's "Crank Yankers” as the voice of Gladys Murphy.

Wanda was born in Portsmouth, Va., and raised in Maryland. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Hampton University. Her stand-up career began at a Coors Light Super talent Showcase in Washington, D.C., where she performed for the first time in front of a live audience.

She spent five years as part of the HBO's critically acclaimed "Chris Rock Show." As a performer and writer on the show, she was nominated for three Primetime Emmy's and in 1999 won the Emmy for "Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special." In 2001, she won the American Comedy Award for "Outstanding Female Stand-Up Comic.” She won three more Emmys, in 2002, 2004 and 2005, for her work on “Inside the NFL” for “Outstanding Studio Show - Weekly- Inside The NFL".

In 2003, Wanda earned a Comedy Central Commie Award for "Funniest TV Actress." Other writing credits include the "MTV 1999 Music Video Awards,” "The MTV Movie Awards,” the "74th Annual Academy Awards," "The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show" and "Wanda at Large."

She also appeared in the feature films "Pootie Tang,” "Nutty Professor 2; The Klumps” and "Down to Earth".

Visit www.ClassicCenter.com to buy tickets, call 706.357.4444 or stop by The Classic Center Theatre Box Office.