Sinbad was hilarious, but at the same time realistic. He made people laugh, but did it in a way many comedians today do not -- he didn't curse. Ever get the feeling watching some comedians that they feel some insatiable desire to curse in most of their routines?
Sinbad never gave this impression as he appeared comfortable and maintained an easygoing rapport with the crowd, conversing freely. At times, some of his best laughs came when he put audience members on the spot. For instance, he responded to one audience member who asked about his chances of a romance with "World" co-star Jasmine Guy with, "Like you got a chance."
Also unlike other comedians, Sinbad did not elicit laughter at the expense of oppressed people. His humor was not tinged with any of the -isms: racism, sexism, or homophobia. In other words, Sinbad told what I call a "straight joke." In my opinion, these are the best to tell.
His delivery and timing were excellent. In his first appearance, Sinbad really attempted to go the extra mile for the audience. I sensed sincerity and a willingness to come down to the fans' level and communicate with them.
Monday, November 03, 2008
A review of a Sinbad comedy concert ...
From The Daily Collegian [A Penn State College Paper]: