If you are down near Park Row around lunch time today, stop by J&R to meet Rob Schneider. Rob will be here signing autographs of his latest movie and directorial debut, Big Stan. Rob was also kind enough to answer five quick questions for us the other day.
Who were some of your comedy influences?
Some of my favorite comedy influences are: Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Monty Python, Steve Martin, the original cast of SNL, Peter Sellers, and Danny Kaye.
Are you a techie? If so, what are some of the current gadgets you are using?
I have an antique cell phone that I carry around. It weighs about 9lbs and it’s like a mobile booth phone. I don’t have an iPod or a blackberry but I did just purchase the Rosetta Stone so I can learn Spanish, which I have only practiced for a few hours.
What can you tell us about your next project?
Right now, I am working on a romantic comedy called, “You May Not Kiss The Bride,” directed by Robert Heden. It stars Mena Suvari, David Annable and Katharine McPhee. I am also going to be working on a movie in Boston this summer called, “Lake House” with Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock and Kevin James. Adam Sandler and Fred Wolf both wrote the script for the film.
Who was your favorite character to play on SNL?
Some of my favorite characters I have played on SNL were the copy machine guy, the sensitive naked guy, as well as the homeless guy on the subway who sang songs.
How did your catch phrase, “You can do it!” come about? Is there any story behind it?
Tim Hurley, former writer for SNL who’s also worked with Adam Sandler on a lot of his movies, came up with the phrase. He told me to get on a plane to Florida and have fun with, “You can do it!” It started as an inside joke between Adam and I. Adam knew it was going to become a catchy phrase.
You can check out this clip of Rob talking about the film on the WPIX Morning Show’s Blog.