Sinbad’s a funny guy

Published on September 2nd, 2015

Sinbad’s philosophy of life is to find humor in everything and laugh, something that has served the comedian well in his career.

“My dad died when I was a grown man and my dad was a funny man. I remember what he said and did and how it was funny,” he said in a recent telephone interview. “Yes, it is a tragedy and it’s hard to find humor in life sometimes, but it’s even harder to find it in death.

Among Sinbad’s notable HBO specials are “Afros and Bellbottoms” and “Son of a Preacher Man,” both of wsinbadhich focus on the funny side of daily life and looking back on the ‘70s, family life, culture and society.

“I think there’s a void when it comes to creativity these days,” the 58-year-old said. “Someone like Stevie Wonder you don’t see and there’s a drop off in talent now when it comes to the creators. I don’t know if we will see it again. Parents didn’t like rock and roll back in the day, but it was there and everything came from it. Something happened after the ‘80s and ‘90s.”

For Sinbad, who took his stage name from the gallant sailor from the movies, there’s joy in avoiding repetition.

“I don’t what the definition of normal is, but to me normal is not doing the same thing over again,” he said. “It’s boring; and besides I have ADHD, so I can’t be focused on the same things.”

Sinbad has come a long way from when he was a 5-year-old boy who loved basketball, music and comedy.

“I knew right then that I wanted to be a comedian,” he said. “There wasn’t HBO or anything like that. But there were great talents that inspired me. It was people like Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, Flip Wilson, Sid Caesar, and Jonathan Winters. Red Skelton was a huge influence.”

He finds humor in the newer generation of kids who definitely did not experience what he did – and don’t want to understand it.

“They are all about the technology, but technology can’t think,” he said. “If a kid loses his or her phone they can’t find their way home. They don’t know what a paper map or Thomas Guide is. See, I understand the generation that didn’t have running water and had to use outhouses. I didn’t know how they did it but I understood that they had to. Our kids, on the other hand, can’t conceive of using a pay phone. They think it’s stupid.”

In addition to his stand-up, Sinbad has also found fame in his TV and movie roles. He fought Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Jingle All the Way,” was an athlete in “Necessary Roughness” and starred as Coach Walter Oakes on sitcom “A Different World.”

“I see some of the kids at the shows because of reruns of ‘A Different World,’” he said. “When they see me again on stage, I’m there pointing out that what they do is stupid to old people! They can all make apps but that stuff came from our generation. What are they going to do when we all die out? They better save one of us!”

He even finds humor in the rumors of his demise.

“People thought I was dead because it appeared on Wikipedia, and no one waited to find out if it was real,” he said. “It’s easy to dupe people, not just in America but all over the world. That means there will never be a shortage of things to laugh about.”

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