The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

January 2, 2014

Comedian Sinbad to perform at show in Crockett

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CROCKETT — TV/film star and stand-up comedian Sinbad will present a family-friendly comedy show on Jan. 25 in Crockett.

The show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Crockett Civic Center by the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association with the aid of KIVY/KMVL, Houston County Courier, County Life and The Messenger and sponsored by The Lilly Family McDonald’s.

“Join us for a night to remember as Sinbad entertains with his unique brand of family-friendly comedy with tales about growing up the son of a Baptist preacher in Michigan with five brothers and sisters to his days in the United States Air Force,” a PWFAA news release said. “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, but by being the son of a preacher man he decided to keep his comedy clean after his father attended one of his early performances.”

Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 standup comedians of all time, 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 over the past two decades. He freely admits that he doesn’t know any jokes, except for the ones that his dad told him “back in the day.” Sinbad’s comedy is about stories. The basis of his humor comes from everyone he meets, everything he’s seen, and everything he’s done.

Under the professional name Sinbad, he began his career appearing on Star Search. Sinbad was known for keeping his act clean and was devoid of derogatory statements or foul language, which he felt was not necessary to sell a crowd and continue to make them laugh.

A one-time basketball standout for the University of Denver, Sinbad agrees that everything he needed to know for comedy, he learned from playing basketball. There are a number of things comedy and basketball have in common. One of the most important to Sinbad is “the competitive aspect that teaches you to never give up.”

He proved his comedy skills in Hollywood with roles on the TV shows “A Different World” and “The Sinbad Show” and parts in the movies “Necessary Roughness,” “Houseguest” and “Jingle All The Way.”

Sinbad has drawn legions of fans from his HBO highly-rated 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 also is a closet nerd. This comes in handy as a Master of Technology during private corporate engagements for clients such as: Intel Corporation, Breakaway Technologies, Apple and Microsoft as well as many others. As an intermediary to community-focused technology solutions, Sinbad believes no one should be left behind in training and education.

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 and Louise Adkins, Sinbad has established an academic scholarship in their name at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga.

Showing his appreciation for armed servicemen, Sinbad has participated on USO tours and performed at the USO of Hampton Roads 2006 Patriotic Festival.

Tickets for this show start at $37 and can purchased online at www.pwfaa.org or by the Piney Woods Fine Arts office at 936-544-4276 Mon-Fri from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To stay informed about upcoming PWFAA events, like the PWFAA page on Facebook.