David Atkins, the American comedian and actor better known by his stage name Sinbad, ruled the 90’s with his hilarious and authentic brand of humor. He provided a different, clean version of comedy that kept foul language and derogatory statements noticeably absent from the act. Celebrity Speaker Sinbad’s career began on TV and would blossom into TV commercial spots and award-winning roles in major motion pictures. In 2004, Comedy Central named him the #78 greatest stand-up comedian of all time. His stand-up acts have earned him 2 NAACP Image Awards and led him on to new opportunities including becoming the emcee of the 2000 Miss America Pageant and the host of VIBE magazine’s syndicated late night talk show.
After becoming well-known as a stand-up comedian, Sinbad was cast for the hit interactive game show Star Search and won his round against fellow comedian Dennis Miller. Sinbad would continue to build his resume with roles on the Bill Cosby Show and its spin-off A Different World. After making his big screen debut in the sports comedy Necessary Roughness in 2001, Sinbad was cast in his own HBO TV series called The Sinbad Show in which he played the influential role of a single African-American father raising 2 kids. During the course of his TV career he appeared in popular TV shows including Nickelodeon’s All That, the FX hit It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Fox network’s American Dad. Sinbad’s film career included many different roles including starring alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Jingle All the Way, the voice of dog Riley in Homeward Bound II, and a starring role in the 1995 comedy Houseguest.
Sinbad’s comical detailings of everyday life are able to connect with people on many different levels and he recorded his thoughts in his own book titled Guide to Life (Because I Know Everything). The popular comedian popped up on a recent episode of Food Network’s Chopped: Tournament of Stars which aired in 2014, and made it all the way to the final round before losing to fellow comedian Gillian Vigman. Sinbad’s endeavors as a philanthropist have been geared toward the charities supporting children in need such as The Children’s Defense Fund and the Omega Boys Club. He also gives back to the military, in April 2015 he appeared in a USO show at Bagram and Kandahar Air Bases in Afghanistan to entertain the troops.