OnlyOnAOL: The movie that turned Wanda Sykes into 'cool mom'

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By: Donna Freydkin

As most parents learn, your kids really, and truly, don't think you're very hip or with it.

Unless, that is, you're voicing Granny in "Ice Age: Collision Course," and take your twins to the theater with you to see it.

"They're the most important thing to me. I adore them. Now I'm cool mom," says Wanda Sykes, the mother in question.

Those seeking more adult sensibilities need to watch her stand up special, "What Happened...Ms. Sykes?" -- it airs on Epix on Oct. 21. The comedian, who got her start working for the NSA, wonder how she got here -- in the sense of being married, a parent, someone who headlined the White House Correspondents Dinner, and now makes movies with Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn.

Wanda Sykes visits AOL Hq for Build on April 13, 2016 in New York. Photos by Noam GalaiWanda Sykes visits AOL Hq for Build on April 13, 2016 in New York. Photos by Noam GalaiWanda Sykes visits AOL Hq for Build on April 13, 2016 in New York. Photos by Noam GalaiPolitics, and Donald Trump, aren't immune from her quietly withering barbs, but she knows how far to take it.

"As long as it's funny. If it's funny, I go with it," says Sykes. "You can tell when (audience members have) had enough. Let's move on."

Sykes is married and the mom of daughter Olivia and son Lucas, who feature sweetly in her comedy. What's dinner like at her house?

"It's fun. I cook. They haven't done this lately, but the kids would give me a thumbs up or thumbs down about the food. It was always thumbs up. My daughter says grace. We talk a lot. My daughter won't stop, so we have to say it's so-and-so's turn to tell us about his day. I love dinner time," says Sykes.

At least of her kids might follow in mommy's comedy footsteps.

"My son thinks he's funny. His sister is a great audience for him," says Sykes. "He just doesn't know where the line is. He shoots right past that line."

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