Sydnee Washington

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Sydnee Washington
BornBrooklyn, New York, New York, USA
MediumStand-up, television,
Notable works and rolesUnofficial Expert (podcast)

Sydnee Washington is an American comedian, actress, and model. She appeared on Comedy Central's Up Next showcase in 2018. Washington co-hosts a comedy podcast called Unofficial Expert with Marie Faustin. Her work has been recommended by The New York Times, Time Out, New York Post and W.[1][2][3]


Washington pursued comedy based on a friend's recommendation. Working at a high-end cocktail lounge she would frequently banter with customers.[4] Her friend filmed several of the bits and edited them into a reel to convince Washington to pursue comedy.[4] She first performed stand-up in 2013.[5]

She gained wider prominence after she appeared in Comedy Central's 2018 Up Next showcase.[4] That year she also hosted Death of a Bottle Girl, a one-woman show that was called "hilarious" by Time Out.[6]

With Marie Faustin and Aminah Imani, she co-hosted the Sunday night Knitting Factory comedy showcase originally started by comedian Hannibal Burress.[4][7] She also co-hosts the comedy podcast Unofficial Expert with Faustin, where they interview experts from various fields. The podcast was recommended by Vulture.[8]

In 2020, due to social distancing requirements related to COVID-19, Washington no longer had the option of performing live stand-up.[9] She began hosting a weekly Instagram Live show called Syd Can Cook to have a consistent platform to perform for an audience.[2] She is assisted in person by her friend Karolena Greenidge, and they go live various comedians who attempt to assist Washington follow a recipe, like chicken tikka masala and shrimp scampi.[9]

Washington is also a model.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Washington was born in Brooklyn, where she currently resides.[2] She spent her childhood in Oakland.[5]

Washington is a lesbian and began to identify as such during adulthood.[4][10] She remarked that many people are skeptical of her sexuality due to her femme presentation.[4] About Hollywood she told Paper: "At least they know what a gay male actor is supposed to be...For somebody like me, they're like, 'Gay isn't believable, you have rhinestones on.'"[11]


  1. ^ ""Should I Go Live Later?": Coronavirus, Celebrities, and the Perils of Instagram Live". W Magazine | Women's Fashion & Celebrity News. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  2. ^ a b c Weiss, Suzy; Fleming, Kirsten (2020-06-23). "Meet 7 emerging comics keeping the laughs going during the pandemic". New York Post. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  3. ^ McCarthy, Sean L. (2019-05-16). "5 Comedy Shows to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Garron, Taylor (2020-03-13). "All the Kids Want to Know Sydnee Washington's Skin-Care Routine". Vulture. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  5. ^ a b McCarthy, Sean L. (2018-08-09). "Meet Me In New York: Sydnee Washington". The Comic's Comic. Retrieved 2020-09-11.
  6. ^ "Sydnee Washington revisits her years as a hard-partying bottle girl". Time Out New York. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  7. ^ "Comedy at the Knitting Factory | Comedy in New York". Time Out New York. Retrieved 2020-09-11.
  8. ^ Fox, Jesse David (2018-11-13). "38 Comedians You Should and Will Know". Vulture. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  9. ^ a b Betancourt, Bianca (2020-09-16). "Sydnee Washington Is Comedy's Hottest Dish". Harper's BAZAAR. Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  10. ^ Schulman, Alissa. "How LGBTQ+ Creators Are Making Representation Happen On Their Own Terms". MTV News. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  11. ^ Goldfine, Jael (2020-06-30). "This Generation of Comedy Is Queer". PAPER. Retrieved 2020-08-05.

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