With Unprotected Sets, Wanda Sykes Highlights Comedic Talent Across The Country

After resigning from Roseanne amidst controversy generated by the revival’s titular star, Wanda Sykes is returning to television with “Unprotected Sets,” a docu-series that premieres on Epix on October 5. Sykes, who headlined the 2018 Women In Comedy Festival, will executive produce the show alongside Page Hurwitz  and Barry Poznick. In weekly late-night installments, “Sets” presents insights into up-and-coming talent from several cities across the United States. Sykes and Hurwitz last produced seasons 8 and 9 of  NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” together under their Push It Productions banner.

The show is shooting in Portland, Minneapolis, San Diego, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. News of who, exactly, will appear on it is trickling out. WICF alumnae Chloe Radcliffe and Marlena Rodriguez taped “Sets” in Minneapolis earlier this month at the famed Acme Comedy Co. Radcliffe was recently named a TBS Comic To Watch and was a 2017 StandUp NBC Semifinalist. Rodriguez has written for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and was seen at this year’s Limestone Comedy Festival. Becky Braunstein of Portland will also be profiled as a breakout comic.