TODAY | July 18, 2013
>>> wand sykes is an actress, author and award-winning comedienne who was once named one of the 25 most funniest people in america.
>> now wanda has a new comedy special coming up "herlarious" which features upcoming women comedien comediennes.
>> in this clip you'll like this. wanda spoofs spiritual adviser elaiana van zandt who in real life hosts a show called "fix my life." but this is called "fix my tire."
>> take a look.
>> hey. you are yolanda van zandt .
>> i sure am, my beloved.
>> hey, fix my flat.
>> i can try, boo.
>> this is not your problem. it's the inner tube. that we must deal with. i wanted your family to be here as well. it's the big sister i'm interested in at the moment. this tire, you have a weight problem. you need to let some air out. don't you hiss at me.
>> you are crazy. who are you? that stuff comes from real life , doesn't it?
>> yes, it does. all humor comes from truth.
>> it really does.
>> i love this whole concept. this "herlarious" thing.
>> i'm excited. we shot everything right at harpo. and it was just a great experience. pretty much --
>> do what you want?
>> that's the best. when the suits come in and try to change what is innate and natural to a performer. it doesn't work. it never does. you have to let them go.
>> did you have to clean it up for own?
>> no, no. there's cursing.
>> can you say johnson?
>> well, we -- yeah, we say -- we can say johnson but we can say the other thing, too.
>> we can go to richard.
>> how did you find the comediennes in this show with you?
>> you know, we had -- no, i was just -- i know a lot of comics and the producers that, she sent me some comics. we just looked at the material.
>> at their tapes.
>> and said, okay, this one, this one. some of them were just so funny that i knew i wanted to have them on.
>> that's got to be gratifying, too. if you were that person that couldn't get a break, that couldn't get somebody to say, i see something in you. so it must be great to changing people's lives. giving them an opportunity.
>> i hope so.
>> hope they don't take your job.
>> did you just fly in from france last night?
>> i did. i am a mess right now.
>> you look good.
>> i wasn't even like in paris. i was in the south of france .
>> that ain't bad.
>> you don't want to be in paris this time of year. you want to be in the south of france .
>> but i had a 7:30 train to get to charles de gaulle . i fell asleep on the train and missed my stop. i missed my flight.
>> why did you fall asleep on the train?
>> i was drinking the night before. if you really want to know.
>> there's a story there.
>> were you drinking a fine french wine or tequilaing it?
>> vodka. i was down with the vodka. my brother-in-law. we were drinking all night.
>> you lost your phone. that's the worst --
>> no, someone stole my phone.
>> are you sure?
>> you put your phone down in france , it's gone.
>> whose numbers are in there?
>> yours. oprah. obama's number is in there. i got some sexy pictures.
>> the government knows all about it already anyway. great. we're looking ford this special. it sounds terrific.
>> and they're going to show the first one that aired last week at 9:00 and then the second one at 10:00 because last week we got kind of --
>> a marathon.
>> last week we premiered at 10:00 on saturday right when the jury decided to --
>> who the hell lets a jury make a verdict on saturday?
>> i've never heard of it. isn't that crazy?
>> don't rain on your parade like that.
>> what did you think of the whole paula deen thing?
>> well, put it this way. she said she's only said the "n" word once but now that she lost her whole empire, i'm pretty sure she's saying it a lot more.
>> you're crazy.
>> do you feel bad for her at all?
>> i do. i do. i feel bad for her. i do.
>> okay. wanda , thanks for coming to see us.
>> you are "herlarious." you can catch her special on own network.