FAIRFIELD — It wasn’t a good day for comic Rob Schneider.
He had a bevy of press interviews and a houseful of repairman who had just informed him he was going to have to secure lodging elsewhere for about a week while repairs were made.
But there was still plenty to laugh about as Schneider talked about growing up in Pacifica, the son of a Jewish father and Catholic mother. His maternal grandmother was from the Philippines.
“I’m a California boy,” he said. “People will show up, my Filipino cousins will show up and it will be a good show,” he said of his upcoming show at Cache Creek.
Schneider began as a writer for TV’s “Saturday Night Live” in 1990. Soon after, he was performing his own material and was a cast regular until 1994 when he left to pursue his film career.
“Saturday Night Live” viewers remember him as Richard Laymer, an office worker who sat by the photocopier. He addressed his co-workers with an endless stream of annoying nicknames.
In 1996, Schneider began doing movies with fellow “Saturday Night Live” cast member Adam Sandler. They’ve done 18 movies together.
While Schneider sat out for “Grown Ups 2,” released earlier this summer, he said he and Sandler will work together again.
“I want to make movies that are funny and can touch people,” he said. “I want to make a movie as good as cinema verite. I want to do a western with Adam (Sandler) and call it “The Ridiculous Six.”
Schneider is now focusing on stand-up, which he’s doing pretty much full time.
With about half of his life invested in comedy, Schneider’s material has evolved. He now focuses his comments on the 40- to 60-year-old age group and the everyday issues they deal with. Schneider will turn 50 on Halloween.
“It’s the stuff that when you are 18, 19 or 20, you don’t relate to,” he said of his material.
The father of a 9-month-old daughter, Schneider said he’s getting some material from that role.
“Otherwise, what a waste of all that lost sleep,” he said, in jest. “I better continue to get more jokes.”
With numerous TV and movie roles to his credit, Schneider is looking forward to an upcoming performance at the Sydney Opera House. He’ll be there next month.
He also dreams of doing a comedy special on Showtime or HBO.
There is a serious side to the “Deuce Bigelow” star. It’s the family guy who yearns to spend more time with family.
When asked what a Rob Schneider show is like, the comic simply replies, “I’m older and wiser, a little fatter and hopefully funnier.”
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