Wanda Sykes Will Be the First Same-Sex Lovin’ White House Jokester


Now that Wanda Sykes is officially out of the closet, she has the honor of being (what’s expected to be) the first openly gay person to perform at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner!

She’s the annual event’s main entertainment, following the likes of Rich Little and Stephen Colbert during the Bush administration, and will perform for 2,000 guests composed of politicos, Hollywood hoi polloi, and plenty of closeted aides. The very clubby tradition of inviting into a room your biggest supporters and detractors is always lightened by the guest comedian, but the entire operation is still very “old boys club,” so it’s even more remarkable that Sykes would be asked to swing by.

But how does a comedian make fun of a man she so respects (and campaigned for)?: “I’m not rooting against him at all, because, especially in this economy and everything, we need him to succeed. But there’s gonna be some incidents and missteps, like we saw with the whole tax thing.” She adds: “The first thing I did when they asked me to do this gig — I made sure my taxes were paid.”

Surely she can squeeze in some gay marriage bits.