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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes

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Wanda Sykes on her career in comedy.

Wanda Sykes is a legend in the comedy world. Her ability to tackle pop culture and the political spectrum with equal parts agility and wit has earned her many accolades. She's also had several scene-stealing roles as an actor in shows like "Black-ish," "Broad City" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." She's been nominated for nine Primetime Emmy awards and she won an Emmy for her writing on "The Chris Rock Show."

Wanda is set to star in a live tribute to Norman Lear's "All in the Family" later this month on ABC where she'll be performing alongside Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx, Will Ferrell and so many others in a one-night only special. You can watch it live on May 22.

She also continues to perform comedy across the country. Click here for information about tour dates and to purchase tickets.

This interview originally aired in May of 2016.

Jeff Garlin, Actor, Director, and Comic: Interview on The Sound of Young America

Jeff Garlin

Jeff Garlin began his career in comedy at The Second City in Chicago. He's since worn many hats in the worlds of live comedy, movies, and television. In addition to performing his own stand up comedy, he's directed stand up specials for John Waters and Jon Stewart. He also wrote, directed and acted in the film Someone to Eat Cheese With, co-starring with Sarah Silverman.

One of his best-known roles is Jeff Greene, Larry David's best friend / manager on the acclaimed HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm. Garlin also executive produces the show. Curb recently returned to air after two years on hiatus; new episodes of the eighth season currently air Sunday nights at 10pm.

Jeff joins us to talk about his confidence as a stand up comic, his eye for directing other comedians, and working on the great creative project that is Curb.

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JESSE THORN: It's The Sound of Young America, I'm Jesse Thorn. My guest, Jeff Garlin, is a veteran stand up comedian, improvisor, actor, writer, and director. He's probably best known for his role as Jeff, the manager and best friend of Larry on Curb Your Enthusiasm. He's also been a stand up comedian for many many many years, and as a director has written, directed, and starred in an acclaimed feature film called I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, and had directed all kinds of other stuff, including stand up specials for Jon Stewart and Denis Leary, and a one man show starring Mr. John Waters. Let's hear a clip from season eight of Curb Your Enthusiasm which just started on HBO. In this scene, Larry and Jeff are discussing where to have lunch.

JESSE THORN: Jeff Garlin, welcome to The Sound of Young America.

JEFF GARLIN: It's good to be here. You know, I am the sound of young America.

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