Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the “100 Greatest Standups of All Time,” actor and comedian Sinbad has had audiences laughing for over three decades.
Throughout his incredibly successful career Sinbad has starred in two Comedy Central specials and four HBO comedy specials and has been featured in leading roles in such films as Jingle All The Way and Good Burger, on the FX super series, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and is currently starring in the sitcom Rel on FOX.
Sinbad is featured on March 9 as a part of the 2019 Meherrin River Arts Council Series, the second of four featured acts this season.
Sinbad, a hardworking funnyman whose clean, family friendly persona and animated antics have endeared him into the hearts of dedicated fans worldwide, Sinbad has worked tirelessly to rise to the top of the standup circuit, finding success in both television and film in addition to his popular stage act.
Born David Adkins on Nov. 18, 1956, in Benton Harbor, Mich., the energetic youngster spent much of his youth entertaining his three brothers and two sisters and refining his unique sense of humor.
A passion for basketball and the Harlem Globetrotters won the red-haired youth (affectionately christened “Red” Chamberlain by his teammates) a basketball scholarship to the University of Denver, but a knee injury later sidelined his professional sports aspirations.
Turning back to his humorous instincts, Sinbad hit the road for his “Poverty Tour,” working the comedy circuits while taking the Greyhound from city to city and living hand-to-mouth. Adapting the moniker of a legend that embodied the spirit of strength, adventure, and optimism symbolized appearances on Star Search the now-established Sinbad was given his television break by comedy legend Redd Foxx.
Playing Foxx’s son on The New all that the hardworking comedian aspired to be. Putting his faith in God and his ability to make others laugh paid off, and following seven Redd Foxx show in the mid-’80s found the aspiring actor expanding his talents, and though the show didn’t last long, it did bring said talents to the attention of yet another comedy legend, Bill Cosby.
Following a few other television appearances, Sinbad joined the cast of Cosby Show spin-off A Different World in 1987. Concurrently serving as host for It’s Showtime at the Apollo continued his career momentum on the right track, and before long he had developed his own television show, Sinbad and Friends All the Way Live...Almost.
On the world of the silver screen, Sinbad made an appropriate debut as a standup comedian in 1989 with That’s Adequate. Following with notably funny bone-tickling minor roles in Necessary Roughness (1991) and Coneheads (1993), he took the lead for 1995s Houseguest and has since turned up memorably alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Jingle All the Way and with James Coburn and Burt Reynolds in the made-for-television film The Cherokee Kid (both 1996), all the while making frequent appearances in standup cable specials and continuing to tour tirelessly.
The 2000s would find him appearing on shows like Resurrection Blvd. and Slacker Cats, as well as in films like Stompin’ and Leila.
In 2010 he competed on the celebrity reality show The Apprentice, and created another stand up special, titled Where U Been?, that same year.
In addition to his constant efforts to bring laughter to the masses, Sinbad has dedicated his free time and personal efforts to such causes as the Children’s Defense Fund and the Omega Boys Club.
Sinbad also made his bid to increase AIDS awareness with his involvement in the Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS and You video in 1992. His intense dedication to family is evident in his hiring of his brothers and sisters to assist him in his numerous endeavors.
The 2019 MRAC Concert Series kicked off Feb. 9 with Country and Western superstar Josh Turner.
The 2019 MRAC Season also includes performances by Million Dollar Quartet, April 13; and Doo Wop Live (featuring The Flamingos, Joey Dee & The Starliters, Danny & The Juniors, Jay Siegel’s Tokens, and The Crystals), May 11.
For information contact the MRAC box office by calling (434) 634-6001. Additional MRAC information is available on its website located at www.mrac-arts.com.
All performances take place at the Emporia Greensville Performing Arts Center in Emporia.