Sinbad’s comedic genius is in the funny things around us

Published on March 22nd, 2021

Comedian Sinbad certainly has a way of talking about life.

“If you don’t laugh at what is around you, I mean, I can find humor in everything,” he said. “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. 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.

Sinbad is noted for a number of HBO specials, such as “Afros and Bell Bottoms” and “Son of a Preacher Man” all of which focus on the funny side of daily life and looking back, especially on the ‘70s, family life, culture and society.

“I think there’s a void when it comes to creativity these days,” he 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, there’s joy and necessity in not just being the same thing over and over.

“I don’t know 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.”

Granted, he did remarry his wife, but that’s a different story.

“I wasn’t looking for a new wife,” he said. “I had the kids that I had and had the wife I had and that was it. I know people who start over two or three times, but how many times can you keep starting over. If I have to do that, forget it. I’ll get a dog.”

And 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.”

It’s also the parents, and fans at his shows get a good laugh about it.

“What parents would take a kid to Magic Mountain or somewhere without knowing or talking to the other parents,” he said. “Now, the kids think it’s stupid to have to ask. But then again, look at the influences. Now, the parents on shows like ‘Vampire Diaries’ aren’t really parents because they are either dead or idiots! They blame the parents for everything figuring they are owed a car or college education. Most real parents are not going to take that.”

In addition to his stand-up, Sinbad is, our course, noted for numerous TV and movie roles. He fought Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Jingle All the Way,” was an athlete in “Necessary Roughness” and was Coach Walter Oakes in “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’s come a long way from those days years ago when he was a five-year-old boy into 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 Skeleton was a huge influence.”

But everything he sees in life and experiences has some degree of humor to it.

“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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