Star Search, with host Ed McMahon, brought several stars to the limelight in the 1980s. Among them was Sinbad, whose now-lustrous career was just a pipe dream when he hit the Star Search stage. With 20 years of success under his belt, Sinbad has earned the admiration of a legion of fans, and tickets to his standup shows fly out the door.
Born David Adkins in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Sinbad hit the road at age 27 to make a name for himself on the comedy-club circuit. He rode Greyhounds and worked for meals all over the United States, and he honed his comedic skills in time to appear on seven episodes of Star Search, where he nearly won the big prize. His success there led to recurring roles on 'The New Redd Foxx Show' and 'Different World.'
Sinbad's first HBO special, 'Brain Damaged' (1991), was one of HBO's most successful 'Comedy Hour' presentations. Since doing that special, Sinbad has appeared often on television and in feature films, including 'First Kid' and 'Jingle All the Way' (both 1996).
Sinbad's comedy has entertained his fans for two decades now, and his comedic timing is as sharp as ever. If you don't get your tickets quickly, you may be stuck outside the venue, waiting for people to tell you how funny he was.