Friday, September 7
In the 90’s, if you hadn’t heard of Sinbad, you were out of the loop. Apparently not much has changed.
Sinbad has been a comedian for several decades, appearing in several films and television shows. However for his appearance in Columbia on Friday night, it was his popular stand-up routine that had the crowd roaring with laughter.
A wide variety of audience members, ranging from college students to parents of college students, came to Jesse auditorium to watch Sinbad entertain them. Impressively, the comedian made it a priority to address every generation in the audience.
He began his act by addressing a large range of subjects, like choosing a bad major, or as he called them “suck majors.” His jokes were very relatable. For instance he mentioned that no matter what political party people support, everyone could agree that Bill Clinton is cool, and that if you really want to know what your parents are like, don’t ask your parents, ask your grandparents.
What really made this act stand out was how interactive Sinbad became with the audience. At one point, he asked if there were any professors in the audience. When an atmospheric science professor raised his hand, Sinbad invited him up to the stage to teach his course to the audience. This led to jokes about the accuracy (or lack thereof) of weathermen.
Sinbad successfully bridged the generation gap in the audience when he gave out advice to students about their parents and vice versa. The crowd yelled out troubling situations and Sinbad would give out an amusing, but helpful reply. One student was having trouble explaining to her mother that she did not want to join a sorority. His response: Either join a black fraternity or the sorority “me, myself, and I, phi.”
Towards the end of the evening, Sinbad took questions from the audience. One audience member asked if he would come back to Columbia, to which he simply replied, “I haven’t left yet!”