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January 2, 2014

Comedian Sinbad to perform at show in Crockett


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 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.

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