Before Friday night, I wasn't aware that Sinbad had a big fan base. After all, the last time I had seen him, he was chasing Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1996 movie "Jingle All the Way."

That said, I was a little surprised when he entered the Niagara Fallsview Casino's Avalon Ballroom and was greeted by audience members jumping out of their seats. After witnessing his stand-up act, however, I can see why they were excited.

With his goofy grin and fast-paced act, Sinbad had the sold-out crowd in stitches.

Though he started off comparing Canada to America ["Your politicians chase women, and so do ours!"], the joke settled on former Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer. Poking fun at the scandal, Sinbad scolded Spitzer for "ordering out" for a prostitute.

"It's bad for your state to order a prostitute out of Washington," he said. "Support your people."

Though the evening was less kid-friendly than the movies that many associate him with, Sinbad's family values shone through, and much of the night was spent discussing husbands, wives and children.

Sinbad's act was refreshing, in that he was very spontaneous and not over-rehearsed. For example, an audience-sparked discussion of Friday the 13th turned into a discussion of what women do to appear sexy.

"I always say to my wife, 'If there are vampires and there are werewolves, you're gonna die because I'm not gonna help.' Women should always wear flat shoes so they can run. Jimmy Choo's gonna get you killed," he said.

For the next 40 minutes, Sinbad asked women in the audience to give him examples of what they do to impress men. In return, he disproved every one of their theories. When one woman offered up "garters" as an example, he was shocked.

"Garters? Grandma wore those! From the Sears catalog!" he said.

As the night went on, Sinbad's quick wit and ability to entertain men and women while making fun of both filled the venue with laughter. And it's safe to say that tonight's audience is in for a lot of fun.

e-mail: sschomer@buffnews.com

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