ATLANTIC CITY - One of the fringe benefits of becoming a parent for the first time last month was that it gave comic Wanda Sykes new material to add to her stand-up act.
Sykes, 45, performed the first of two sold-out shows Saturday in the Music Box at the Borgata.
Even though Sykes has twins, she said they don't act like twins, as one sleeps while the other cries. She said babies don't care about anything but themselves. The babies' mother, Sykes' partner Alex, is in charge of feeding them, so Sykes takes care of clean up duty, which she said can be messy.
"Today, I was changing a diaper, and all I'm saying is that we're going to have to paint a wall," Sykes said.
Sykes' 8 p.m. performance was influenced by several new events in her life.
Besides turning into a parent for the first time, Sykes was the featured entertainer for the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, making her the first black person invited to do so.
The comic criticized radio personality Rush Limbaugh during her White House performance, which made the news. She brought up Limbaugh again Saturday. She said he accused the newest Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor - the first Hispanic woman nominated - of being a racist, which was a ridiculous accusation.
"If she said, 'Boy, I hate whitey.' Then, I would say, 'Hold on, she might be a little racist,'" Sykes said.
Politics played a big part in her shows, as she brought up former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and how scary she thinks he is.
"I tell my kids, if two cars pull up, and Dick Cheney is in one of them and a stranger is in the other, go with the stranger," Sykes said.
Sykes jumped all over the map with her comedy, and she even apologized for it, but she had her fans, who love her blunt, feisty persona, in stitches.
The comic lives in California and said her state has been hit hard by the economy.
"You've got the illegal immigrants saying that Americans are taking all the jobs," said Sykes, who wonders when she sees white parents with their children at 2 p.m. if the kids are really theirs.
For those who missed Sykes' sold-out shows at Borgata, she is to host a new late-night talk show on FOX this fall.
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