The "Tonight Show" that I watched tonight may have been an old one, but I go to bed early during the school year, so I'm not sure. The first guest was Wanda Sykes. Her introduction discussed numerous television shows and movies that she stars in. To be perfectly honest, I don't get it.
I love "Curb your Enthusiasm." I picture Larry David as the type of person who tells douchebags that they are, in fact, douchebags, and moves on without a second thought. So how did Wanda Sykes end up in this show? The only idea that makes sense is that they (in the Howard Stern method of hiring one female minority to make the racist jokes "okay") needed a specific character.
That said, how many movies and television shows think to themselves, "We need an indignant black woman?" I imagine if I were a casting agent thinking this, Wanda Sykes would be the first person I thought of. But to me that's like answering the question of "who can we use as an angry german?" There might be a first response answer, but really, it's not going to work. There's no humor there.
The previews for Evan Almighty, a movie that I actually think will be harmlessly entertaining, show this prominently. Noah makes some monkeys help build an ark, and Wanda yells out the following (put this in the "indignant black woman" voice,) "I can't even get my cat to use the litter box." Ha.
Is there a reason for her success that I'm missing?