Sinbad starts new year at Paris

Jan 1, 2002 12:56 AM

Always a popular and funny favorite, Sinbad helps start off the year 2002 at Paris Las Vegas Thursday through Sunday for one show each evening at 9 p.m. For ticket information, call (702) 946-4567 or (877) 374-7469.

Sinbad has built a loyal following from his days on the comedy club circuit to becoming one of America’s best-loved and funniest comedians through roles in television and movies. Always known for his demonstrative “larger-than-life” stage antics, Sinbad is the rare comedian that doesn’t tell jokes””he tells stories””and never uses foul language.

“I want people to bring the whole family to my show,” Sinbad said.

In 1983, the former University of Denver basketball player began doing stand-up comedy in small clubs across the country. Sinbad has managed to shine as brilliantly since his debut in the 1980s on the television show Star Search. He never won, but appeared on the show seven times and became a finalist. Those appearances caught the eyes of veteran comedians Redd Foxx and Bill Cosby, earning Sinbad roles on The New Redd Foxx Show and Cosby’s A Different World.

Since then, Sinbad has hosted the late-night talk show Vibe; starred in feature films like Necessary Roughness, Coneheads and Houseguest; and was executive producer for and starred in Fox Television’s The Sinbad Show and HBO’s Sinbad’s Summer Jam Weekend series.

Sinbad has also released a book: Sinbad’s Guide to Life (Because I Know Everything), published by Bantom Books Hardcover in 1997.

Sinbad is also actively involved with many humanitarian efforts that focus on children’s issues: The Children’s Defense Fund, City Kids, and The Good Shepard Foundation are a few of the organizations that have benefited from his involvement.

In March 1996, Sinbad performed for American peacekeeping troops as he accompanied First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton to Bosnia and other European countries. Sinbad received Harvard University’s Artist of the Year award in 1997 and the Candle award from Morehouse College in 1994.