Courtesy of Rob Schneider

Comedian Rob Schneider is set to perform at Cache Creek on Saturday.

Casinos: Rob Schneider plans to take his comedy seriously

Published: Friday, Sep. 20, 2013 - 12:00 am

Rob Schneider may be happier than usual to be playing Cache Creek on Saturday night.

The Bay Area native usually finds it a “fun venue,” he said, but it may also be that the “Saturday Night Live” alumnus just needs a break. When he called recently, the new father was dealing with “a 9-month-old and black mold” and working on his usual multitude of projects.

There’s progress to be made on “Real Rob,” a new show he’s developing that’s more closely related to his standup routine than his previous show “Rob,” which CBS canceled in 2012. There’s “The Ridiculous Six,” a movie spoof on the classic “Magnificent Seven” he’s making with his buddy Adam Sandler, “which I hope starts shooting by springtime.

“I’ve also got a movie in the works called ‘The Doula.’” Schneider said. “A doula is a Greek word for a midwife of sorts, somebody who is there to provide comfort during birth. I’ll be the ‘doulo,’ I suppose.”

Where any of these projects go remains to be seen, but one that recently saw completion was “Top Cat: The Movie,” based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon character. Schneider did the voice work for Lou Strickland, a villain, and said he has always “been a fan of “Top Cat” even though he’s not seen much anymore.” Schneider said it will be “a straight-to-video” release in the United States.

The comedian lights up most when talking about one film in particular. The star of lowbrow comedies such as “Deuce Bigelow: American Gigolo” is “proudest of the last five minutes of ‘The Chosen One’ of anything I’ve ever done.” The 2010 movie also stars Steve Buscemi and deals with a family surviving a tragedy. Even though it wound up on video quickly after its release, Schneider treasures it as “the best part I’ve ever played,” mostly because it showed a different side to him, “a serious side.”

“Steve Buscemi paid me a terrific compliment when we completed the film,” Schneider said. “The fact is I can do more serious work. The problem is I’m typecast as a comic. In fact, I’m typecast as a type of comic.”

That type of comic has had a decades-long career that’s included more than 40 films. You can’t get more serious than that. (8 p.m.; $35, $45;

Elsewhere this weekend:

Harrah’s Tahoe brings some of the best blues in the business to the South Shore Room on Saturday with the Robert Cray Band. (7:30 p.m.; $55; Ticketmaster).

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