Wanda Sykes & Epps Join Forces
Netflix has greenlighted The Upshaws, a multi-camera family comedy series starring and executive produced by actor-comedians Wanda Sykes (Wanda Sykes: Not Normal) and Mike Epps (Dolemite Is My Name, Only One Mike). Sykes also will co-show-run with Regina Hicks (The L Word, Generations Q, Central Park, Insecure).
Working Class Family in Indiana
Veteran standup comedians Sykes and Epps, who have both done Netflix specials, have joined forces for “The Upshaws,” which has been in the works since last fall. The series, which stars and is executive produced by both comedians, “centers on a working-class African American family in Indiana, which leads us to believe it’ll be loosely based on Mike Epps childhood experiences. They struggle to make it work without Cosby-esque blueprints to-do so.” The series order comes on the heels of the streaming service premiering the sitcom “Family Reunion” starring Loretta Devine and Tia Mowry.
Wanda Sykes is too funny for television
We love Wanda Sykes, but her past forays into television have left us wanting more. Her character on Black-ish seemed too tame for “Biggie-shorty” and the other Sykes’ characters we’ve grown to love. Let’s hope Netflix allows Wanda to be Wanda.
Sykes is a 2019 Emmy nominee for outstanding variety special. She was also nominated for her first Netflix special Wanda Sykes: Not Normal. Sykes also recurs on ABC’S Black-ish, which she received Emmy nominations in 2017 and 2018 for Outstanding Guest Actress. So yeah, we feel she dumbs-it-down for tv, but she’s obviously doing her thing!
What about Mike Epps?
Y’all already know where to find Mike, just search “funny shit” on youtube or browse social media. In addition to touring and tearing up social media, Epps can be seen in Netflix’s feature, “Dolemite Is My Name.”
The Television scene has been dicey lately. With tons of new shows (and cancellations), we know its hard to find time for a new program, but this should be worth it. Please check out this show and post about it. Wanda and Mike might not need the money, but the Black community really needs more to laugh about (thanks Jay-z).