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OWN and Wanda Sykes Team Up For 'HERLARIOUS' Comedy Specials

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 7, 2013 1:24 PM
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Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network will air a pair of new Wanda Sykes comedy specials titled HERLARIOUS, on Saturday, July 13 and Saturday, July 20 at 10pm.


Taped before a live studio audience at Harpo Studios in Chicago, the specials will be hosted and produced by Sykes and Page Hurwitz's Push It Productions, in conjunction with Harpo Studios, and will feature appearances by female stand-ups, including Kym Whitley, Andi Smith, Gloria Bigelow, Marina Franklin, Tracey Ashley, Carmen Lynch and Dominique Witten.

In addition to performing new stand up material, Sykes will also feature in a series of comedy shorts that will air during the specials.

This is in addition to the first-look deal with NBC/Universal TV that Sykes and company production partner Page Hurwitz, signed to develop and produce unscripted projects for the network.

Is this the kind of move you were hoping OWN would make?

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  • ALM | June 8, 2013 10:52 PMReply

    Congrats! I loved when Wanda Sykes had Sade as a guest on her show. It was hilarious to watch someone so sophisticated and mysterious as Sade show her comedic side.

  • donnadara | June 7, 2013 3:04 PMReply

    I'm excited. I haven't been pleased with the new direction that the OWN Network has been taking with reality shows and TP shows. I'm glad that something is coming up that I would like to watch.

  • FactChecker | June 7, 2013 1:35 PMReply

    Can't say it's the type of move, or programming, that I was expecting from OWN, but it's an interesting move.

  • Akimbo | June 7, 2013 1:34 PMReply

    This is a great idea! Would love to see Kim Coles, in addition to some of the lesser known comedy circuit ladies included as well.

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