Sinbad Discusses Comics Who Swear

Monday, November 1st 2004, 10:58 am
By: News On 6

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Actor and stand-up comic Sinbad hardly ever swears on stage, but he can appreciate those who have.

``This is the thing about Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor and George Carlin and Redd Foxx, people that went that route. They believed in their convictions. They weren't cussing just to cuss. It was a time in America when it was uptight. They were pushing the uptightness of America,'' Sinbad tells the San Antonio Express-News.

``The thing that makes them different from a comic now, who cusses, they weren't rewarded for cussing. As a matter of fact, it was detrimental for their careers. I mean Lenny and Richard would get arrested onstage.

``So when I look at a guy right now saying he's pushing the envelope, I say, 'You ain't pushing the envelope.' What's edge now? There's not a word that hasn't been used. There's not a curse word that hasn't been touched. Edgy right now, to me, is being yourself.''