Up close with comedian/actor Rob Schneider

February 10, 2010 4:17:01 PM PST
Comedian and actor Rob Schneider joins us LIVE in studio!

Event information:

Rob Schneider at the San Jose Improv:
Friday - 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Saturday - 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Sunday - 7 p.m. *Special Valentine's Day Packages available with and without dinner

For tickets or more info www.improv2.com or 408-280-7475 (San Jose Improv Box Office)
The San Jose Improv is located at 62 S. Second Street in Downtown San Jose.

For more information about the Rob Schneider Music Foundation go to www.robschneidermusicfoundation.org

Rob Schneider Music Foundation:

Due to severe budget cuts over 15 years ago, Pacifica School District middle schools were forced to eliminate their music programs. Fortunately for our district, home-grown celebrity Rob Schneider never forgot how Ortega's band program sparked his creativity and instilled a lifelong love of music.

In 1997, Rob single-handedly resurrected music education in PSD middle schools, as well as grade levels 6-8 in the K-8 magnet schools.

He formed the Rob Schneider Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to offer students in grades 6 through 8 an instrumental music program. In addition to utilizing generous annual contributions from Rob Schneider personally, the Rob Schneider Music Foundation raises money to hire music teachers, purchase instrumental musical instruments and subsidize music scholarships.

As the Foundation becomes increasingly established and well-funded, Rob's desire is to expand his music program to the lower elementary grades as well.

PSD remains committed to its partnership with the Rob Schneider Music Foundation and looks forward to the program's expansion. The district recognizes that music and arts education play a vital role in improving the academic achievement and self-esteem of children--not to mention providing children the soul-stirring joy of playing a musical instrument.

A recent Stanford University study confirmed that students who take music and arts courses score consistently higher on SAT tests than those who do not receive such instruction. The community as a whole benefits when its children are more well-rounded, better disciplined and appreciative of the arts.

About Rob Schneider:

Rob Schneider is a Bay Area native. He started this foundation 13 years ago in an effort to support the schools that he and his family grew up in that had no music programs.

Actor, writer, comedian. Born October 31, 1963 in San Francisco, California. The son of a real estate broker and kindergarten teacher, Schneider grew up south of the city in Pacifica and was the youngest of five children. After graduating from Terra Nova High School, he set out on the club circuit to pursue a career in comedy.

His combination of self-deprecating humor and goofball antics earned him rave reviews, and he was soon opening for the likes of Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld. Schneider got his big break in 1990, when Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels hired him on as a writer for the show. Soon, he was performing his own material and was a cast regular until 1994 when he left to pursue his film career.

After a rocky start on the big screen, Schneider appeared in two successful Adam Sandler vehicles, The Waterboy (1998) and Big Daddy (1999). He then landed the lead role in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, as a fish tank cleaner who assumes the identity of a high-living gigolo. Adored by audiences and panned by critics, it prompted a second film, The Animal, which met with equal success in 2001.

Schneider made his directorial debut with Big Stan in 2007. The prison comedy starred Schneider and David Carradine. Reuniting with Adam Sandler, Schneider had a small role in You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008). He has completed several film projects, which are awaiting release. The Chosen One marks his second directorial effort, and he also co-wrote the script and stars in the film.

Schneider was married to model London King from 1988 to 1990. They have one daughter.