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August 23, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Some might know him most for his cameos in Adam Sandler movies, but Rob Schneider has enjoyed a long career of comedy. After spending four seasons as a feature player on Saturday Night Live, Schneider went on to star in several movies, including Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and The Hot Chick.
Now, Schneider is coming to Columbia to do a three-night comedy stint at Déjà Vu Comedy Club. His set is full of jokes about politics, his heritage and poking fun at the audience.
Schneider became a household name in the early ’90s after he joined the SNL cast in 1991. His most famous skit was “The Richmeister (Copy Room Guy)” in which his constant barrage of annoying nicknames made his co-workers dread the copy room. He also worked with Adam Sandler, David Spade and Chris Farley as a regular in “The Gap Girls” skits.
In January 2012, Schneider’s sitcom “¡Rob!” premiered on CBS. Despite a well-rounded cast that included comedy legends such as Cheech Marin and Fred Willard, the show was cancelled after eight episodes.
Schneider’s work on screen left him with little time for stand-up where he got his start. Because the number of roles has decreased, he has returned to the comedy club stage.
Schneider released a stand-up comedy album called Registered Offender two years ago. Before his 2010 stand-up dates and album, Schneider hadn’t done stand-up for 17 years. His performances have received mixed reviews. Brian Logan wrote in The Guardian that Schneider’s “act teems with the kind of race and gender stereotypes, and lame one-liners, that haven’t passed muster since the 1970s.” Not all had the same sentiment as Logan. Dominic Cavendish wrote in the Daily Telegraph that Schneider “swiftly demonstrates that he’s more than got what it takes to deliver an evening of bang-on-the-money entertainment.”