A few years ago, Rob Schneider was on the set of Grown Ups. His friends and co-stars in that movie — Kevin James, Adam Sandler and Chris Rock — insisted he start doing stand-up again. At the behest of his buddies, he hit the road, but not without trepidation. “It was frightening,” he says. “I hadn’t done it in a lot of years.”
You wouldn’t have known that based on his last appearance in town, which included a solid mix of social/political humor, observational jokes and general silliness.
“There are no shortcuts; you just have to get out there to get really, really good.” Many people don’t realize Schneider has an activist side. He doesn’t turn up on a lot of talk shows, but instead goes into the trenches where the action is. Back in 2000 he turned up in town at a union protest. “I’m trying to organize something for this week,” he says. Back then it was P&G; this time it’s to protest TriHealth’s decision to fire workers who declined a flu shot. “It’s a constitutional issue,” he says. Schneider questions TriHealth’s demand that employees be injected with something that knowingly might make them ill.
On stage, though, it will be much more lighthearted, and coming off the success of his last tour, he’s looking forward to returning to Cincinnati. “Expectations were high, but it worked out. I put the time in and my act’s really solid now. We’ll kill it this time. You’ll really like what you’re going to see.”
8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday; 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday. $27. Funny Bone on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport, 859-957-2000, funnyboneonthelevee.com.