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Sinbad’s name recalls the literary legend that symbolizes strength, adventure and optimism and is what he strives for. “I renamed myself Sinbad because Sinbad is bad’. He could hang out with rogues and with kings. He didn’t have the strength of Hercules, but he could outwit anyone.”
Born in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Sinbad grew up telling jokes to his three brothers and two sisters. The image sticks: Sinbad the wild child, off-the-wall Sinbad who would do anything for attention, acting stupid, free as the wind, an unpredictable force that can’t be harnessed, and always willing to pay any price, looking for laughs.
Sinbad’s first love was basketball and the Globetrotters were a childhood dream. He won a basketball scholarship to University of Denver.
“I had flaming red hair and they called me Red Chamberlain. I had “Baby Wilt” written on the side of my car. I was on my way to becoming All-American. I thought college ball was going to be the ticket.”
But basketball’s loss was comedy’s gain and Sinbad has become one of stand-up’s biggest names. It began in 1983, when he embarked on his “Poverty Tour,” going from city to city on the Greyhound, from comedy club to comedy club, working for meals, changing out of hotel restrooms. “I prayed, Please Lord, this is hard work so if I’m not funny let me know right away.”
Sinbad’s break was Star Search in the mid eighties. He was never a winner, but good enough to get on the show seven times and become a finalist. That led to a TV movie and a role as Redd Foxx’s son on The New Redd Fox Show (“If you don’t do this right,” Redd told Bad, “we’ll get a white boy to play the part.”).
The next break came from Bill Cosby. Cosby became a fan. He cast him in A Different World which along with Sinbad’s stint as host of It’s Showtime at the Apollo, allowed him to eventually do the 1991 Share the Dream Tour of historically black colleges – a tour backed by Coca-Cola, United Airlines and B.E.T. (Black Entertainment Television). As executive producer and head writer, Sinbad developed an outrageously funny variety show — “Sinbad & Friends All the Way Live … Almost” and starred in “Aliens for Breakfast” a children’s special for ABC Television.
Sinbad never tells jokes – “I don’t know any,” he admits – but rather stalks the stage, telling real-life stories. He doesn’t deliver payoff lines; he slam-dunks them. His comedy is large, physical, impetuous. Psychologically, he jams us, poking holes in our lifestyles. His stories mirror our foibles. His is the explosive energy of the neighborhood, his phrasing is manic, musical and right on time. He doesn’t write his material; he relives it as he remembers it. He never curses – “I want people to bring the whole family to my show.”
Sinbad has received extra exposure in the ad campaign for Reebok Blacktop basketball shoes. The Sinbad-Reebok campaign was the recipient of the prestigious 1992 Grand Effie Award. Blacktop’s were also voted New Product of the Year by Footwear News. Sinbad appeared in several television commercials as celebrity spokesperson for Polaroid’s Captiva Camera and National Spokesperson for Polaroid’s OneStep Talking Camera.
Sinbad made his big screen debut in the 1991 gridiron comedy Necessary Roughness. His other motion picture credits include a starring role in Houseguest and a cameo in Conehead. He was the voice of the canine Riley in Homeward Bound II. On television, he starred in the title role of The Cherokee Kid on HBO; was star and executive producer of his own acclaimed Fox TV sitcom, The Sinbad Show. Sinbad’s Summer Jam Weekend aired on HBO in July this year.
Sinbad finds time for humanitarian and community services, especially issues that affect children. Working with The Children’s Defense Fund and Omega Boys Club has helped him to continue to be more aware of the needs of children. In March of 1996, Sinbad accompanied First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on an official visit to Bosnia and other European stops to provide comic relief to U.S. peacekeeping troops.
Sinbad is a recipient of the 1994 Candle Award from Morehouse College honoring his excellence in Arts and Entertainment. His commitment to AIDS awareness inspired his participation in the “Time Out” video produced by Arsenio Hall Communications with the proceeds benefiting the Magic Johnson Foundation. Sinbad performed a concert for Morehouse College in which all proceeds benefit the Endowed Scholarship Fund in the names of Sinbad’s parents, the Reverend Dr. Donald and Louise Adkins.
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