Comedian Rob Schneider enjoying professional freedom, fatherhood
If you go
What: Comedian Rob Schneider
When: 7 p.m. Friday, July 22
Where: MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
Tickets: $25 plus fees
Comedian Rob Schneider’s dream golf group includes himself, San Francisco Giants greats Willie Mays and Willie McCovey and San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana.
“It’s the hardest game in the world,” the San Francisco native said during a Tuesday phone interview, noting the deceptively taxing mental half of hitting a little ball with a stick into a hole hundreds of yards away. Schneider respects the game, but you won’t find him at this year’s American Century Championship.
The 52 year old performs at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa this Friday, July 22, and he said he doesn’t have much time for golf or celebrities these days.
The Emmy-nominated actor takes care of his daughter, does comedy and that’s pretty much it.
“It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do, and I’m doing it,” Schneider said of performing.
He’s working on the second season of his Netflix mini-series, “Real Rob,” has another movie with longtime running mate Adam Sandler in the works and has stand-up dates scheduled through the end of the year. Schneider is booked up through the end of 2017 and loving it, he said. He’s especially enamored with the creative freedom available to entertainers outside of the studio system and onstage.
The “Saturday Night Live” alumni took an extended break from stand-up while his movie career was at its peak, but said he’s excited to be back where his comedy began. His return to stand-up comes during a boom for the craft, with comedians like Bill Burr, Louis CK, Amy Schumer and Whitney Cummings pushing its boundaries, Schneider said. He figures the proliferation of stand-up is at least in part been due to the shaky state of the nation and comics’ abilities to provide a perspective on what’s happening. The self-described history buff said he sees fascism encroaching into the U.S. in a lot of ways. Attendees can expect some social commentary in addition to lighter fare during his Friday performance. He said stand-up performances can help people understand how others are reacting to world news.
“They want to get a communal sense of where everybody’s at,” Schneider said.
But it’s not all serious for the comic, who casually drops Plato references into a conversation about education’s importance to society.
“I’m there to entertain first and foremost,” Schneider said.
“Ultimately, I’m optimistic,” he added. “It ain’t about anything but following your joy,” Schneider said.
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa is located at 55 U.S. Highway 50 in Stateline.
More information on the show is available at http://www.montbleuresort.com.