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Sydnee Washington

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Sydnee Washington
BornBrooklyn, New York, New York, USA
MediumStand-up, television, podcast
Years active2013 – present
Notable works and rolesThe Unofficial Expert (podcast)

Sydnee Washington is an American comedian, actress, model, and podcaster. She appeared on Comedy Central's Up Next showcase in 2018. Washington hosts the podcast Hobby Hunter and co-hosts the comedy podcast The 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 The 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 with various comedians who attempt to assist Washington follow a recipe, like chicken tikka masala and shrimp scampi.[9]

Washington is also a model.[4]

In 2021 she started the podcast Hobby Hunter, featuring guests including Caleb Hearon and Shelby Wolstein, who discuss "the hobbies that have brought them joy over the years."[10]

Personal life[edit]

Washington was born in Brooklyn, where she currently resides.[2] She spent her childhood in Oakland and moved back to Brooklyn when she was 13.[5][10]

Washington is a lesbian and began to identify as such during adulthood.[4][11] 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.'"[12]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ ""Should I Go Live Later?": Coronavirus, Celebrities, and the Perils of Instagram Live". W Magazine | Women's Fashion & Celebrity News. 19 March 2020. 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. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  7. ^ "Comedy at the Knitting Factory | Comedy in New York". Time Out New York. 8 May 2019. 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. ^ a b Marine, Brooke (2021-03-05). "Sydnee Washington Makes a Hobby Out of Being Herself". W Magazine. Retrieved 2021-03-06.
  11. ^ Schulman, Alissa. "How LGBTQ+ Creators Are Making Representation Happen On Their Own Terms". MTV News. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  12. ^ Goldfine, Jael (2020-06-30). "This Generation of Comedy Is Queer". PAPER. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  13. ^ Hipes, Patrick; Andreeva, Nellie (2022-07-12). "Emmy Nominations: The Complete List". Deadline. Retrieved 2022-07-14.
  14. ^ "2023 Writers Guild Awards Winners & Nominees". awards.wga.org. Retrieved 2023-03-06.

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