One of the most well-known comics of the ’80s and ’90s is coming to Baton Rouge.
Sinbad will perform a sold-out show Saturday at the Event Center at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel Baton Rouge.
Though Sinbad is known for his roles in the hit television shows “A Different World” and “The Sinbad Show” in the early 1990s, the 59-year-old comedian still tours relentlessly.
“I work every weekend,” he said on the podcast, “WTF with Marc Maron.” “I’m having a ball being a comedian and playing music.”
The 6-foot, 5-inch Sinbad became a comedian during his stint in the Air Force. After appearing on “Star Search” and honing his in-your-face, observational — but not raunchy — humor, he was cast on “The Redd Foxx Show” in 1986.
By the ’90s, he was everywhere. His film roles included “Houseguest” with Phil Hartman; “Jingle All the Way” with Arnold Schwarzenegger; and “Necessary Roughness” with Scott Bakula.
Recently, Sinbad has enjoyed a career renaissance of sorts.
“Today, people ask, ‘Sinbad, do you still have it?’ ” he said on WTF. “Who do you know lost it? Who lost it that wasn’t doing drugs or alcohol or something?”
In 2008, he appeared as himself in an episode of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” In 2010, Comedy Central released his 90-minute special “Where U Been?” Comedy Central also named Sinbad as one of the “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time” in 2004. In 2013, he voiced Roper in the animated film, “Planes.”
In answer to the earlier question posed to Sinbad, yes, he still has it.
In his stand-up, Sinbad riffs on everyday topics. He famously builds routines on fast food, education and mundane topics like buying socks.
After seeing friends like Prince and other celebrities his age pass on, Sinbad is concentrating on enjoying his work and travel, he told The Wichita (Kansas) Eagle earlier this year.
“I want to hang and enjoy life,” he said.