Sinbad has been one of the darlings of this years Winter Comedy Festival and while his solo show tonight is sold out, he will be appearing as part of Paul Provenza and Troy Conrad’s critically-acclaimed show Set List at 10:15 at the State – get your tickets right here!
rel="lightbox">Sinbad, who’s originally from Benton Harbor, Michigan, offered this fantastic analysis of Traverse City during his standup comedy performance at the State Theatre on Friday night.
You may not have been aware of this, but our airport is so small that it’s the pilots prerogative whether or not to attempt a landing, based on second-hand information in the cockpit that the runway may or may not have been plowed. That pilot, according to Sinbad, doubles as the town cab driver once you touch down, and he’s also an usher at the State Theatre. How’s that for smalltown USA.
We’ve got balls, he insinuated, because even though the rest of the country has all but shutdown during this winter of ice storms and polar vortexes, Traverse City decided to hold a winter festival, complete with zip lines and slip ‘n slides on Front Street. For young people, the slip ‘n slide is cool, said Sinbad. But for old folks, it’s akin to falling down and breaking hips.
Were there any young couples in the crowd on Valentine’s Day dates? Sinbad offered this relationship advice: the key to a great marriage is to grant one partner a 10-year sabbatical every once in a while — aka, a divorce — after which you can get back together again.
If there’s any racial diversity in Traverse City, Sinbad didn’t see it, nor did he find a BBQ joint — just snow cones. Black people here, he asked? What was that, a Great Migration of four? But the comedian reassured the white, and distinctly grey-haired crowd: You’ll never have to worry about too many black people up here — it’s too cold. If they come here, they’re hiding from something.
Traverse City is also well-positioned to ward off a zombie apocalypse, said Sinbad. It’s too cold here, and zombies wouldn’t venture any further north than Muskegon.