Sinbad Biography

David Adkins graduated from the University of Denver in Denver, CO, where he lettered twice for basketball and was known as "Red Chamberlain" due to his flaming red hair and process on the court. However, his athletic career was cut short by an injury. After college, Adkins served in the U.S. Air Force as a boom operator. On evenings off, Adkins often performed stand-up comedy in downtown Wichita; even competing as a comic in the USAF Talent Contest in 1981.

He eventually toured with the U.S. Air Force Tops in Blue program, where active members performed shows all over the world. However, life on base was not all fun and games for the future stand-up celebrity. While serving in the Air Force, Adkins tried out but failed to make the basketball team, which sent him into a state of denial. He also kept going AWOL and exhibited a number of misbehaviors, which almost led to a dishonorable discharge and dismissal.

Having left his military career behind, Adkins went full blast with his acting career. Under the stage name Sinbad, he started making the rounds on the comedy nightclub circuit in Los Angeles, as well as competing on "Star Search." Sinbad's exposure on "Star Search" led to a featured role on the short-lived comedy series "The Redd Foxx Show" and a guest spot on the Golden Globe-winning sitcom, "The Cosby Show."

Cosby offered him a starring role on its spin-off series, "A Different World." In 1990, he headlined his first HBO special, "Sinbad: Brain Damaged," which indoctrinated a new audience into his brand of comedy - clean and family-friendly. Instead of telling traditional jokes, he frenetically paced the stage as he told real-life stories and foibles. He followed that up with two more highly-rated comedy specials: "Sinbad and Friends: All the Way Live Almost!" and "Sinbad: Afros and Bellbottoms." He hosted "It's Showtime at the Apollo" and the widely popular "Amateur Night."

In 1993, Sinbad, starred in yet another sitcom, "The Sinbad Show," which lasted only one season. Sinbad added "film actor" to his resume in 1993, when he made his film debut in the action-comedy "Necessary Roughness." He then starred in "Houseguest" opposite Phil Hartman, and then in the slapstick comedy "Jingle All the Way."

Comedy Central ranked him No. 78 on its list of "100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time." After more than a decade of being absent from the stage, Sinbad attempted to resurrect his career by starring in the Comedy Central special "Sinbad: Where U Been." He then joined the cast of the third season of "Celebrity Apprentice."

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How much does it cost to book Sinbad?

Booking fees for Sinbad, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Sinbad, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Sinbad?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sinbad for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sinbad for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Sinbad or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Sinbad or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Sinbad is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Comedy, College and Celebrity. The estimated speaking fee range to book Sinbad for live events is $50,000 - $100,000, and for virtual events $30,000 - $50,000. Sinbad generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Alfonso Ribeiro, Ken Jeong and Preacher Lawson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Sinbad for an upcoming event.

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Comedian Sinbad Recovering From Stroke

Sinbad Reviews

  • Marissa was fantastic as always!
    Texas Realtors - Sep 19 2020

Sinbad News

  • Comedian Sinbad Recovering From Stroke

    Stand-up comedian Sinbad is recovering from a recent stroke, his family told Variety in a statement on Monday morning. “It is out of sincere love that we share Sinbad, our beloved husband and father, is recovering from a recent stroke,” his family said in a statement. “Sinbad is a light source of love and joy for many generations. While he is beginning his road to recovery, we are faithful and optimistic that he will bring laughter into our hearts soon."

  • Sinbad updates fans after major back surgery - UPI.com

    Actor and comedian Sinbad thanked fans for their support after undergoing a 10- hour spinal fusion surgery this week.

How to book Sinbad?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Sinbad for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Sinbad, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Sinbad or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Sinbad?

Booking fees for Sinbad, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Sinbad, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Sinbad?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sinbad for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sinbad for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Sinbad or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Sinbad or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Sinbad is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Comedy, College and Celebrity. The estimated speaking fee range to book Sinbad for live events is $50,000 - $100,000, and for virtual events $30,000 - $50,000. Sinbad generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Alfonso Ribeiro, Ken Jeong and Preacher Lawson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Sinbad for an upcoming event.

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