Comedian Rob Schneider lights up Golden Gecko (Photo Gallery)
Aug. 16, 2013 at 3:16 a.m.
Updated Aug. 17, 2013 at 3:17 a.m.
When some people think of Rob Schneider, they flashback to his "Saturday Night Live" days in the early '90s. Others are more familiar with his later work in movies such as "The Hot Chick," "The Animal" and "Grown Ups."
Whatever the era, fans alike got a taste of the comedian's old and new school antics Friday at The Golden Gecko.
"Thanks for coming out tonight," the comedian said from the stage. "I know you have a lot of entertainment options."
The crowd laughed.
"You could have gone to H-E-B," he says, mispronouncing the grocery store's name.
The crowd laughed again.
Playfully offended, Schneider screams into the microphone, "I've never been here before."
Schneider performed his first of four shows in Victoria on Friday night to an almost sold-out crowd.
Jeff Rideout, of Victoria, said when he thinks about Schneider, he immediately pictures him as an Italian character on Saturday Night Live offering George Costanza more juice for his gyro.
"When Comedy Central first came out - before Saturday Night Live - I remember watching his first routines," Rideout said. "He was even funny back then."
Rideout was at the show Friday with his wife, father and mother. His mother, Carol, said her favorite Schneider movie is "The Hot Chick," even though she wouldn't let her grandchildren watch it.
"I let them watch it now," she laughed. "They're older."
Schneider joked about the pains of getting older, saying that he is more fragile now that he's in his late 40s.
Even using the wrong pillow messes his body up for a week, he said.
But the worst part, he said, is the way people pause when they say, "Hey, you look ... good." As if they really mean he looks like a messed up, swollen version of his former self.
Javier Valdez, of Victoria, said the comedian's subtle timing is what he enjoys the most.
"You don't expect the things he says," Valdez said. "But he makes you laugh."
The show kicked off with a short performance by San Antonio comedian Edward Hernandez and was opened by Austin-based comedian Jon Stringer, who got the laughs rolling by questioning whether Build-A-Bear was violating child labor laws and showing off his sexy moves to Michael Jackson's "Beat It."
Tickets for the 7 p.m. show Saturday are sold out, and a few tickets are available for the 10 p.m. show, said a representative with The Golden Gecko. Tickets are only available at the door.