Comedian Sinbad doesn’t know what to tell fans yearning to know about his Saturday, July 6, show at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler.
After all, he has no idea.
“I never know what I’m doing,” Sinbad says. “There’s always something new going on. Whatever I’m into at that time is what I talk about. My comedy is my ADHD. It’s the perfect job for it. It’s more stressful to have to remember stuff. I can just lie and make stuff up.”
Born and raised David Adkins in Michigan, he chose the stage name Sinbad to reflect his admiration for the mythological navigator of the sea. His career quickly took off. He became known in the 1990s from his HBO specials, appearing on several TV series, and starring in the films “Necessary Roughness,” “Houseguest,” “First Kid,” “Jingle All the Way” and “Good Burger.”
Now he’s willing his way to a Netflix special.
“Netflix is going to give me a stand-up special,” he says. “Everyone has specials; everyone but me. They must be saving it for the older cat.”
In the meantime, he’s working on movies and writing screenplays with his son, who’s a writer/producer/director. (His daughter studies film and photography at ASU, he says.) Sinbad admits, though, it’s sometimes hard to pen a script as “real life is crazier than sitcoms these days.”
“Like ‘Married at First Sight,’” he says. “Who the hell does that? My wife got me addicted to that. It makes no sense. I think I like watching people fall apart, which is petty as hell. I just love it though.
“Look, there’s a serial killer dude in every episode every year. The dude who had issues last year; for sure he’s going to kill her.”
Sinbad chides his children’s career choices saying, “They must not want to work 9 to 5.”
“Seriously, I know where they’re headed,” he adds. “It’s not an easy road. They can’t complain because no one makes you pick this. When they get mad and frustrated, they can’t cry.”
He tells them to stay true to what they believe in and give it 100%.
“You can’t pay attention to the outside forces,” he says. “You can’t get caught up by someone else’s success. You can get really caught up and get lost on what direction you’re going to take.”
It’s easy to get lost in someone else’s success, thanks to social media, which, Sinbad says, has “destroyed and helped more people.”
“I focus on myself,” he says. “I have things written from back in the ’90s. I’m writing new stuff, too. I’m going to make stuff happen before I die.”
Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Boulevard, Chandler, playatgila.com, 8 p.m. Saturday, July 6, tickets start at $29.