Actor and comedian Sinbad arrived on the comedy scene with a "hit 'em in the face" style of comedy that has kept audiences laughing in the aisles for more than two decades.
Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 stand-up comedians of all time, Sinbad has built a loyal following by taking audiences' painful trials or embarrassing tribulations of day-by-day life, throwing them back in their faces, and causing an uproar of comedic hysteria.
He can also make it sound profound without being profane. Not that he's any kind of choirboy. By being the son of a preacher-man, he decided to keep his comedy clean after his father attended one of his early performances. Sinbad says that he learned that night that "funny is funny," and that masters of dirty comedy such as Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce could all work clean without losing a step.
Sinbad is internationally known for his starring appearances in hit movies like Jingle All the Way, Houseguest, and let’s not forget his film debut Necessary Roughness, where he did none of his own stunts! He has starred in the television sitcom A Different World as well as his own series, The Sinbad Show. Entertainment mogul Quincy Jones sought out Sinbad to host UPN’s first late night talk show, Vibe. He also recently appeared as a recurring guest star on the Showtime Original Series Resurrection Blvd.
He has written a self-help book entitled Sinbad’s Guide to Life: (Because I Know Everything). He has drawn legions of fans from his highly-rated HBO comedy specials; Brain Damaged (1991), Afros & Bellbottoms (1993), Son of a Preacher Man (1996), and Nuthin But The Funk (1998). His annual HBO music concert series Sinbad’s 70’s Soul Music Festival received the prestigious NAACP Image Award consecutively for two years as the “Most Outstanding Variety Series/Special”. Sinbad has appeared on the FX Television series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Also, his long awaited stand-up special aired on Comedy Central this past February. Most recently, Sinbad was seen in the third season of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice. Showing his appreciation for our armed servicemen, the comedian/actor has participated on USO tours and performed at the USO of Hampton Roads 2006 Patriotic Festival.
One part of Sinbad’s life that has been a well-kept secret, is that he is a closet nerd. He has served as a spokesperson for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) encouraging minorities to pursue studies in science, math and engineering. In honor of his parents Donald & Louise Adkins, Sinbad has established an academic scholarship in their name at the esteemed Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Sinbad freely admits that he doesn't know any jokes, except for the ones that his dad told him "back in the day." Sinbad tells stories, and boy does he tell stories!