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He's the bad boy of gross-out comedy. Now Rob Schneider is going back to his stand-up roots. He talks about pre-show nerves, hanging backstage with Chris Rock and the profusion of political "crackpots" in the US...
Paul Nolan, 05 Jul 2010
You may remember Rob Schneider from such films as Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Waterboy and Big Daddy, the latter two of which saw the comic perform alongside his friend Adam Sandler, with whom he has acted in a number of other movies. The somewhat formulaic nature of Schneider's films have seen him targeted by South Park (the show featured spoof trailers for Schneider films; his response was, "They were too nice to me") and he has been involved in a notable number of Hollywood bust–ups.
From reading his bio, Schneider appears to use full–page ads in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter at least as much as email or any traditional communication method – he has utilised those magazines to have digs at LA Times critic Patrick Goldstein (which metamorphosed into a separate – though since resolved – spat with noted film reviewer Roger Ebert) and even the Hollywood community generally, for their reaction to Mel Gibson's DUI arrest.
However, away from the hurly–burly of Tinseltown, Schneider has of late been going back to his live performance roots, and shortly arrives on these shores for a date Vicar St. What format will the show take?
"I guess I tell stories and offer observations about things," offers the affable Schneider, speaking from Los Angeles. "Mostly it's the kind of stuff that's happening in America right now, but it's also happening in Europe. I don't how relatable everything's gonna be, but it'll be fun. I'll talk a little bit about my daughter, my Mom and the relationship I'm in now, as well the world economy a little bit. It's an interesting time to be back onstage."
What provided the impulse to start performing live again?
"I did a movie with Chris Rock last summer," recalls Schneider, "and we spent every morning alternating between arguing about different things in the news, media and politics, and waiting for Salma Hayek to emerge from her trailer. She looks good every morning by the way! One of the things that had been scaring me for years was going back onstage. Jay Leno had been telling me to go back and do it for a long time, as had Adam Sandler. So finally, I started doing five and ten minute slots, and now I'm doing about an hour."