11/10/1956, Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA

Birth Name

David Adkins Sinbad


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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…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Sinbad was named 'Worst Comedian of All Time' by Maxim magazine in 2006, followed by Margaret Cho as #2, and Whoopi Goldberg placing 3rd.

    • Sinbad appeared in an infommercial for Tae Bo, in the late 1990s, where he claimed to be using the Tae Bo system to successfully become an action star.

    • Sinbad is number 78 on Comedy Central's list of the '100 Greatest Standups of All Time'.

    • 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.

    • Sinbad was the spokesperson for the Sickle Cell Research Foundation in 1994.

    • Sinbad's production company 'David & Goliath Productions' produced Sinbad's 70's Soul Music Festival. The special was taped on Memorial Day weekend in the Bahamas and aired on HBO.

    • Sinbad was awarded the 1994 'Candle Award' from Morehouse College honoring his excellence in Arts and Entertainment.

    • Sinbad traveled to Bosnia with First Lady Hillary Rodham to visit and provide comic relief to United States peacekeeping troops in March, 1996.

    • Sinbad volunteers a lot of his time working with charitable causes such as the Omega Boys Club and The Children's Defense Fund.

    • Sinbad won the NAACP Image Award twice for his HBO special, Sinbad's Summer Jam in the 'Most Outstanding Variety Series/Special' category.

    • Sinbad made his big screen debut in 1991's football comedy Necessary Roughness.

    • Sinbad was once represented by Holywood agent Preeth Kumar Sangavaram, whom Adam Davies of the HBO hit Entourage is based.

    • Sinbad landed his second HBO special in April of 1983, calling it Afros & Bellbottoms. The one hour routine was aired live from the Paramount Theatre in New York City.

    • Sibad's acts never consist of joke telling, but he paces across the stages telling of his own real-life adventures. He uses physical comedy, such as dance and never uses curse words.

    • Sinbad paired with Reebok for an ad campaign for Reebok Blacktop basketball shoes, their campaign won the 1992 'Grand Elite' Award.

    • Sinbad landed his first comedy special, on HBO in 1991 called Brain Damaged that became the second highest 'comedy hour' ever.

    • Sinbad embarked on the 1991 'Share The Dream' tour, which was sponsored by Coca-Cola, United Airlines, and Black Entertainment Television. The tour took place in historically black colleges across the United States.

    • Sinbad was seen by Bill Cosby, who became a fan, and started using him in his sitcoms in the late eighties.

    • Sibad appeared on Star search seven times, but never emerged a winner in the mid-eighties.

    • Sinbad embarked on his first comedy tour in 1983, the 'Poverty Tour'. He rode from city to city on the Greyhound bus, working comedy club to comedy club for meals, and changing clothes out of hotel bathrooms.

    • Sinbad was always a wild child, an off-the-wall kid looking for attention, who would do anything to make his friends and family laugh. His first audience was made up of his three brothers and two sisters.

    • Sinbad's first love was basketball, and the Harlem Globetrotters were his childhood dream team. While playing college basketball on scholarship, he earned the nickname 'Red Chamberlain' , because of his flaming red hair and skills on the court. He had 'Baby Wilt' written on the side of his car, for legend Wilt Chamberlain. He thought basketball would be his career, he was wrong.

    • Sinbad attended college between 1974 and 1978 at the University of Denver, Colorado. He played basketball for the school, and earned varsity letters for two seasons.

    • Sinbad was born David Adkins on November 10, 1956 in Benton Harbor, Michigan to Rev. Dr. Donald and Louise Adkins. He renamed himself Sinbad because the name recalls the literary legend that symbolizes strength, adventure, and optimism. Sinbad the sailor could hang with the rogues as well as the kings, and although he didn't have the strength of Hercules, he could outwit anyone.

    • Returned to the Apollo on 10/15 to subsitute for the host Monique, who had twins the week before.

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