Sinbad is back and “Badder” than ever. Chase Anthony from the TV show, “Bigger”, opened for him and had a funny act talking about his issues with his $5,500 bed that was too expensive to have sex on. Chase introduced Sinbad and then stayed on stage with him during his entire act, acting as a foil.
Sinbad has wild hair and somewhat conservative clothing compared to his past regalia. He was a renewed man with the wisdom that comes with age, and he shared it all. A self-admitted ADHD personality, he was true to form, jumping from subject to subject with the deftness of a swordsman. His act was a belly laugh out loud hilarious the entire time. He would make fun of Chase, then an audience member, and when a couple came in very late, he was off to the races. He stopped the show to address them. “Are you just getting here?” They sheepishly blamed the other one which he boldly pointed out and went into a bit about a couple’s communication which we all identified with. This interaction with the audience continued throughout the show and he returned every comment with a swift repartee.
He speaks about his life; past, present, and future, allowing the audience in to get to know him, and he has a brilliant joke for every season of his life. He makes old age sound good and noble and for the many baby boomers in the crowd, they were all in agreement on his subject matter. He talks about maturing, becoming a man and letting go of his foolish ways. His style is much like Richard Pryor with the wit and ease of creating a personal story which is engaging and laugh out loud funny.
He is a clean comic, who has a way of talking ghetto without using dirty language and it pays off with the laughter. I literally got tired of belly laughing. My face and belly both hurt, but in a good way. He was like a motivational speaker/counselor on stage at times, taking questions from couples addressing their issues with unparalleled charm and wit. I think if you are feeling down and out, a heaping dose of Sinbad might just bring you back.
His style is much like Richard Pryor with the wit and ease of creating a personal story which is engaging and laugh out loud funny.
The baby boomers cheered his admonitions to millennials to respect their elders, that relationships require work, sometimes not fitting in is okay, as he never did. He had a bit about strip clubs but said that he was done with them. “There is no reason for an old man to be in a strip club looking at a naked twenty-something. You look at things differently when you are old. The 20 something body is not appealing anymore, hey, tastes change.”
This was the longest comedy show that I had ever seen, but the time flew. In the end, he put in his bid for the Presidential race and took questions from the audience about student loans, immigration, healthcare, etc. and answered them with the deftness of a juggler. We all appreciated his tongue in cheek responses to the problems facing our country. I am sure if he runs, he will get the entire audience’s vote.
Running Time: Two hours and a half with no intermission.
“Sinbad,” played one night on December 14, 2019, at The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane North Bethesda, MD 20852-3385. You can get tickets and dates for his tour here: Tickets/Tour Dates