Sinbad | Meymandi Concert Hall | Stage | Indy Week



When: Sun., March 19, 8 p.m. 2017

Unlike comedians who draw from their painful childhoods, Sinbad, who played high school basketball and later joined the Air Force, didn't live a life of angst. That came later, after he'd been in the business long enough to go broke. But the nineties must have been a magical time to be him. After HBO aired Sinbad: Brain Damaged in 1990, the comedian's career took off. He had his own sit-com, hosted SNL, starred in the box-office hit Jingle All the Way. And he had respect: a pair of NAACP Image Awards, a USO tour of Bosnia and Herzegovina with First Lady Clinton (and Sheryl Crow!)—classy stuff. So where did it all go wrong? My guess is February 1999, when he made his first infomercial, for Tae Bo. Maybe not, but by the end of the aughts, he'd been named Worst Comic of All Time by the wags at Maxim magazine and he'd filed for Chapter 7 protection. Still, he's never gone blue, and having endured being fired by the sitting president on Celebrity Apprentice, he has plenthy of offbeat experiences to draw upon—and that always makes for good comedy. —David Klein

Price: $27-$68

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