Wednesday, November 10, 2010

This Day In Comedy History

I haven't done one of these in a while but Today In Comedy History...

Comedian Sinbad was born.

    Born David Adkins on November 10th 1956 in Benton Harbor, Michigan comedian Sinbad has unfortunately  become a bit of a pop culture punchline. When you take a look at his body of work over the course of his career, what you come up with is a lot of laughs for all ages.

    Sinbad received one of his first real breaks in "Hollywood" when he defeated fellow comedian Dennis Miller on an episode of Star Search and when you think about the career path Dennis would go on to have, maybe Dennis actually won. But his appearance on Star Search led to the few breaks any comedian needs to become successful.

    He was first cast on the short lived sitcom "The Red Foxx Show". He then went on to have a few minor roles on "The Cosby Show" before landing a character on the show "A Different World". It was a Cosby show spin-off that ran for three years.

    After that he worked a variety of projects and even had his own sitcom(The Sinbad Show) but nothing ever seemed to last. He's appeared in dozens of movies(mainly kids films) and was featured in a Tae Bo infomercial.

    All this does not sound like the resume of someone who has done four HBO specials and was ranked the 78th Greatest Comedian of All Time by Comedy Central in 2004 but it is.

    It seems like every year Sinbad's star fades a little more(which really is too bad) but he can still be seen making appearances and making people laugh. You just have to look a little harder.

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