Actor and comedian Sinbad has been getting audiences to laugh since the ’90s. His stand-up routine, which has earned him several HBO comedy specials, usually features humorous life stories about growing up as an afro-sporting preacher’s son, and he often sings and plays funk music on stage. He’s appeared in movies such as Jingle All The Way and Necessary Roughness and starred in the sitcom A Different World before getting his own series, The Sinbad Show. He’ll perform at the Palm Beach Improv from July 6-8.
Tell us about your routine today. What stories are you telling on stage now?
You know, it’s the same since Day One: I never know what I’m going to talk about. I’ve never kept a set of what I’m doing; it happens when I walk on stage. The first word out of my mouth, I never know what that’s going to be. It’s unprepared because my life is unprepared [laughs]. I always compare it to music. I’m trained enough, but I just play what I want to play. I trust my fingers to go where they need to go.
What’s in your iPod these days?
Jazz. My daughter, Paige Bryan. And things like Kings of Comedy. These days, that’s where I’m getting my moves. And always funk. I’m always playing funk.
How much would we have to pay you to grow an afro again?
[Laughs] If I could grow an afro, I’d pay you! If I could rock that now, I’d rock it. That’s the only thing I regret—that ’fro is gone forever. I miss it. The bell-bottoms, we can let those go. Some things only come around once.
*Photo by Ian White