Rob Schneider

Rob Schneider has no delusions of grandeur: “I never got my hour the way that Chris Rock, George Carlin, or Jerry Seinfeld did,” he says matter-of-factly over the phone from the Wichita, Kansas stop on his present stand-up comedy tour. “Why the hell else would I be here?” But the guy deserves credit. Schneider is a show biz survivor whose career, from Saturday Night Live to Adam Sandler films, spans two decades. (This reporter still has a soft spot for Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.) Next month, he stars in the comedy Grown-Ups (alongside Sandler, Chris Rock, and David Spade) as a screw-up in an unlikely relationship. “It’s sort of like my own life,” he acknowledges. “But you can also tell that Adam wrote it, because I’m married to a 74-year-old and he gets Salma Hayek.” Schneider’s stage routine consists of similar jabs at his personal life, along with politics and Hollywood. He also stays after every show to meet fans. Take note: He still digs the old SNL references—the more obscure, the better. But more often than not, he gamely tells me, he gets “Where’s Adam?” (21 and over.) ERIKA HOBART

Thu., May 6, 7:30 p.m.; May 7-8, 7:30 & 10 p.m., 2010

 
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