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She’s been around for two decades, but for much of that time you probably would’ve recognized her face, but not her name. Then in the early 2000s she appeared on Curb Your Enthusiasm before landing a supporting role on Julia Louis-Dreyfuss’ The Adventures of Old Christine, and Wanda Sykes started to gain recognition in her own right. But when did Sykes herself feel she’d finally made it? The 2009 White House Correspondents dinner, of course.

So what was it like to find out she’d been requested to take the stage following the president who she says is funny in his own right? Listen below to her most memorable career moment so far.

During her Leading Ladies interview with Judy Gold, airing on both Oprah Radio and SiriusXM Stars, Sykes also spoke about everything from the new female black cast member on SNL and how she has more pressure to be funny, to how she got her own start in comedy, her favorite jokes she’s ever done, differences in doing comedy after you’re a parent, and other defining moments and challenges in her career.

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