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'I don’t want to be anything other than being funny'

Get ready to laugh with Rob Schneider on Guam

Rob Schneider holding a book
Rob Schneider/Photo by Gina T. Reilly

By Gina Tabonares-Reilly

Hollywood actor and comedian Rob Schneider shuns labels. He simply wants to be recognized for his work— his signature humor—without being put in a box.

“I don’t want to fit in a certain category just because I am half X or half B. I don’t want to be anything other than being funny,” the “Deuce Bigalow” star said during a press conference at Dusit Thani Resort preceding his show on Guam.

The University of Guam Endowment Foundation in collaboration with Guam Comedy brought Schneider to Guam for a two-night comedy show tonight and tomorrow at the UOG Calvo Field House.

Known for his unforgettable characters in "The Hot Chick," “The Animal,” "Grown Ups" and “Big Stan,” among others, Schneider promises an evening of non-stop laughter.

“An artist is a great artist not because he is a specific artist or he belongs to a certain ethnicity,” Schneider said when asked about his background as Filipino-American.

Schneider is being compared to another Filipino-American standup comedian, Jokoy, who also performed on Guam in August. Schneider said he has nothing but praise for his fellow comedian.

Schneider was born in San Francisco, California on Halloween Day in 1963, and grew up in the nearby suburb of Pacifica. His parents were Pilar (née Monroe), a former kindergarten teacher and ex-school board president, and Marvin Schneider, a real estate broker.

While noting that it used to be difficult for Asians to penetrate Hollywood, Schneider said more opportunities have since opened for artists coming from different cultural backgrounds.

“The real deal is, at least now, there really is an opening for Asians,” Schneider said.

Schneider made his debut appearance on television in 1987, on HBO's 13th Annual Young Comedians special. From 1990 to 1994, he was part of the comedy team at NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, where he was known for his recurring characters such as The Richmeister, an office worker who annoys people by giving them nicknames as they make copies; and Carlo, from the Il Cantore Restaurant sketches.

His advice to upcoming artists: “Do it because you are cut to be in the industry. Use your talent because now is the time to get to Netflix, on Max and on different social media platforms.”

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