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Sinbad at Hilarities 

When: Thu., March 24 2011

Whatever you call Sinbad, don't call him a "clean" comic. "It makes it sound like I've got no edge," grouses the 30-year comedy vet before clarifying. "I used to be dirty but I got clean. It just appeals to more people. Today, I'd say I'm a healthy mix of (Richard) Pryor and (Bill) Cosby." In fact, Sinbad (born David Adkins) cites both comic legends as his inspiration: Cosby for his ability to deliver devastating lines with avuncular charm, and Pryor for his willingness to be the butt of his own jokes. "Richard was fearless, man. He took his own personal problems and made them funny." Besides his successful stand-up career, Sinbad has had multiple roles in films and television, several of which nabbed him NAACP Image Awards. We reached him in California, where he was wrapping up his newest project, Sinbad's Family Affair, a reality show based on his own life. You can expect to hear all about it — and whatever else has crossed the big guy's mind lately — during his weekend stint at Hilarities. Tonight's curtain goes up at 8 p.m.; tickets are $25 to $30 at 216-736-4242 or online at pickwickandfrolic.com. Hilarities is at 2035 East Fourth St. — Cicora

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