ST. LOUIS — Wanda Sykes fans should see something different from the comedian on her current tour.
Much has happened in her life the past few years. She came out as a lesbian in 2008, got married, and her wife gave birth to twins in 2009. And last year, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy.
All of that changed her focus.
“I came from this total independent woman running around doing her own thing to now being in this world, trying to balance the career, kids, being married and all,” she says. “It’s nuts.
“Right before the kids, I had just remodeled the house. ... Now with the kids, it’s like hiring an interior decorator to come in and (screw) up your house, ‘Oh, we need crayon on this now.’ ”
She says that with all of the changes in her life, her shows are more relatable.
“Now that I have kids and everything, they just take over your life. It’s a game changer. Before, I used to be very political and knew what was going on. Now with the kids, I know more about what’s going on with ‘Sesame Street’ than Wall Street.”
Sykes says her life is providing more natural comic fodder, from having white babies to having a French wife.
“We got everything going on here, and it’s funny,” she says. “I’ve said I didn’t like ‘The Help.’ It was hard for me to cook fried chicken for my white babies after that movie. It was too close to home.”
Her battle against breast cancer also found its way into her show.
“I’m good, healthy, back at work, and I do talk about it in the show,” she says. “I think it’s important for women to see it’s not the end, and that it’s important to catch it early.”
Fans looking for a more political or socially conscious Sykes will still get that. She’ll talk about unemployment, the economy and “this mess they’re calling the GOP candidates.”
Sykes, whose tour is taking her worldwide, is weighing what to do next. She’s one of the voices in an upcoming “Ice Age” sequel, and she’s shooting a movie in New Orleans. One thing she says she won’t do is another network television show; “The Wanda Sykes Show” chat fest lasted for only one season on Fox.
“It was rough,” she says of the TV show. “I was still doing ‘(The New Adventures of Old) Christine’, and when you do a show like that (the talk show) you have to be there 100 percent, full time. It was really hard going back and forth. I had fun doing it, and I thought it was a good show.
“But I can’t mess with networks anymore. I’m done with the networks. I like cable. They give you a shot.”