Wanda Sykes and veteran producer Page Hurwitz joined forces in 2013 to form Push It Productions, a full-service production company dedicated to creating high quality comedy programming that promotes diversity in front of and behind the camera. Sykes and Hurwitz’ extensive combined experience and considerable relationships with comedians and writers gives the company the unique ability to develop original shows across all comedy genres – including sketch, talk/variety, game and competition, sitcoms, and stand up specials. Since its inception, the company has landed projects with Netflix, NBC, BET, Epix, OWN, Fox, and TruTV, including the award-winning Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious, the critically acclaimed Talk Show The Game Show, and the groundbreaking series Unprotected Sets on EPIX.
Push It's newest comedy special, 'Fortune Feimster: Sweet & Salty,' premiered on Netflix in January 2020. The company recently received its first Emmy nomination for the Netflix special 'Wanda Sykes: Not Normal.'
Meet The Team
WANDA SYKES is an Emmy winning, eight-time nominated stand up comic, writer, actress and producer who has been entertaining audiences for over twenty years. She has ranked among Entertainment Weekly's “25 Funniest People in America” and her peers have called her “one of the funniest stand-up comics” in the field.
Wanda recently filmed her fifth standup special, Wanda Sykes: Not Normal, debuting on Netflix May 2019, and has been on the road with “The Oh Well Tour” since 2018. Recently, her role on ABC’s Black-ish has earned her two back-to-back Primetime Emmy Award Nominations for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series” (2018 and 2017).
Wanda spent five years on the CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine co-starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as well as HBO's critically acclaimed The Chris Rock Show (the latter of which earned her two Emmy nominations and one win).
She has appeared in Broad City, House of Lies, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and many more hit television shows. Other TV credits include Fox's Wanda at Large which she wrote, produced and starred in, Wanda Does It on Comedy Central, and Crank Yankers where she voiced the role of Gladys Murphy. Wanda even starred on her own late night talk show on Fox, The Wanda Sykes Show.
In 2017, Wanda was seen in the feature comedy Snatched, opposite Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn. She was also be seen in Evan Almighty (sequel to Bruce Almighty), in which she co-starred with Steve Carell, the cult-hit Monster-In-Law with Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Pootie Tang, Nutty Professor 2; The Klumps, Down to Earth and many more.
Wanda has had four prior comedy specials: 2016’s What Happened...Ms. Sykes? which premiered on Epix, 2009’s Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me on HBO, nominated for two Primetime Emmy awards, HBO’s 2006 comedy special Wanda Sykes: Sick & Tired, nominated for a 2007 Primetime Emmy for “Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special,” and, her first, 2003’s Wanda Sykes: Tongue Untied, which premiered on Comedy Central. Her stand up has tackled everything from politics and marriage to racial profiling and parenting.
In 2013, Wanda joined forces with veteran producer Page Hurwitz to form Push It Productions, a production company dedicated to creating quality, comedy-based programming for network and cable television outlets. The company's diverse slate of projects includes sketch comedy, concerts, reality talk/variety, and competition formats. In just its first year, Push It made a first look production deal with NBC, had a new series on OWN (Herlarious, which was the recipient of a 2014 Gracie Award), and the company currently has shows in development with NickMom (Comedy Camp) and Comcast. Push It Productions produced the 8th and 9th seasons of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and the second season of their show Talk Show The Game Show premiered on TruTV in February 2018. The second season of Face Value, hosted by Deon Cole, returned to BET in spring 2018.
Wanda can be heard in many animated feature films and television shows, such as Fox’s Ice Ace, Collision Course (reprising her voice as ‘Granny’ from Ice Age: Continental Drift) Dreamworks’ Over the Hedge and Paramount’s The Barnyard, as well as children's’ shows Vampirina and Doc McStuffins.
Wanda’s first book, Yeah, I Said It, published by Simon and Schuster, hit bookstores in September 2004. Yeah, I Said It is a hilarious collection of essays touching on life, family and the current events of the time.
Wanda was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and raised in Maryland. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Hampton University. Her stand up career began at a Coors Light Super talent Showcase in Washington, DC where she performed for the first time in front of a live audience. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her wife and two children.
Page Hurwitz began her career as a stand-up comedian at the legendary Josie's Cabaret in San Francisco’s Castro district. She spent the next several years performing at clubs and colleges, at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, and on Showtime and Logo. Her half-hour special for Logo, the only major LGBTQ television outlet, has the distinction of being the first original content aired on the channel.
Since then Hurwitz has gone on to become a respected writer and television producer known for creating inspired comedy formats and for championing diverse comedy talent. In fact, it was Page Hurwitz who put Amy Schumer on television for the first time. When she was producing (and personally casting) Last Comic Standing, Hurwitz brought more women, people of color, and LGBTQ comedians to the show than in all prior years combined.
She discovered and sparked the careers of many of today’s top comedians, including Schumer, Tiffany Haddish, Fortune Feimster, Roy Wood Jr, Lil Rel Howery, Michelle Buteau, and Iliza Schlesinger, among countless others. Recently, Hurwitz reunited with Haddish, Feimster, and Buteau to produce their respective Netflix comedy specials.
Recognizing the power of comedy to inform and shift the culture, Hurwitz continues to launch and produce underrepresented talent by bringing them to television in the groundbreaking series she creates or develops like Epix’ Unprotected Sets and They Ready for Netflix. In her latest project, Stand Out, Hurwitz comes full circle by shining a spotlight on the comedy community that first gave her a voice. The project chronicles the rich history of LGBTQ stand up, and will feature an unprecedented comedy concert in Los Angeles. For the first time ever, the top LGBTQ comedians from around the world will converge on the same historic stage. Hurwitz will write, direct, and produce the documentary project, which is slated for a 2020 release.
In 2013 Hurwitz partnered with trailblazing comedian Wanda Sykes – who has paved the way on stage for a generation of diverse voices – to form Push It Productions. Unsurprisingly, the full-service production company is focused on creating high quality comedy content with an eye toward diversity in front of and behind the camera.
The company has landed original projects at broadcast, cable, and streaming outlets, including the award-winning Herlarious, the critically acclaimed series Talk Show The Game Show, and the Emmy nominated Wanda Sykes: Not Normal. Push It’s newest series, The Upshaws, is a half-hour comedy starring Mike Epps and Sykes. It is scheduled to debut on Netflix in 2020. Push It is also developing W.H.I.P.s, a half-hour comedy for BET, which features an African American, 40-plus, female cast. Hurwitz and Sykes executive produce and serve as writers on the series.
After more than 20 years in the industry, Hurwitz continues to create content aimed at effecting change and uniting audiences…one joke at a time.
Coordinator/Digital Media Manager
Radia Hassan hails from the East Coast, went to college in the MidWest and has called Los Angeles home for the past 8 years. A TV fanatic, when she's not at Push It, she's either watching one of her favorite shows, discussing it with friends or writing her own dream TV show.