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EXCLUSIVE: Comedian Sinbad Wants To Elevate Himself “Musically”

Turning movie theaters into comedy clubs across the U.S. this summer, NCM Fathom Events and New Wave Entertainment present the first in a series of comedy specials with SINBAD: Make Me Wanna Holla,” an exclusive cinema event in select theaters on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 8:00 p.m. local time. The one-night event features a riotous performance by the one and only Sinbad featuring his stand-up routine that covers hilarious observations — from the life advice his parents gave him, to why he is tired of people with no talent having clothing lines, as well as explaining who he “really” is.

On the verge of his theatrical stand up comedy release Sinbad not only talks exclusively with us about “Make Me Wanna Holla” but also moving outside the realms of comedy to elevate himself musically, his dream was always to play in a band. The comedian is certain that if he can play in at least three musical festivals next year, then his “life will be complete.” Sinbad advises young comedians to know their truth, he proclaims that the secret to longevity is to know who you are, comedian says that, “It doesn’t mean give up your base. It means know your base and your foundation, said the Sinbad.

“If you remodel a house, you’ll keep that foundation. Don’t change that foundation man.”

Check out the full interview via the player above and be sure to watch “Make Me Wanna Holla”, Thursday August 22nd in theaters nationwide for one night only.


Presented in nearly 500 select movie theaters around the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network, tickets for “SINBAD: Make Me Wanna Holla” are available at participating theater box offices and online at For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

“I’m excited to be doing my first stand-up special for movie theaters,” said Sinbad. “This will be my funkiest stand-up ever. It’s time to know the dark side – the Memphis red side of Sinbad.”

Sinbad, one of the world’s most beloved comedians, originally shot to fame in the ‘80s with club shows and a star-making turn on the hit sitcom “A Different World.” In addition to creating his successful series of stand-up specials for HBO and Comedy Central, the veteran funnyman has starred in “The Sinbad Show,” which earned him a 1995 Kids’ Choice Awards nomination for “Favorite Television Actor,” as well as family comedies like “First Kid,” “Necessary Roughness,” “Houseguest” and “Jingle All the Way.”  Sinbad was also included on “Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.”


“If you love to laugh like I do then you won’t want to miss Sinbad’s hilarious comedy event from the comfort of your local movie theater this summer,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. “He is one of my favorite comics and this special Fathom event promises to be a side splitting, night of fun.”

Fathom Events and New Wave Entertainment, the premiere producer of stand-up comedy specials, announced the series in May. The comedy series will feature some of the biggest names in stand-up beginning with Sinbad this summer.

“New Wave could not be more excited about being in business with Sinbad and taking his awesome comedy to the big screen for the first time!” said Brian Volk-Weiss, president of production for New Wave Entertainment.

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