A running gag in many of comedian Rob Schneider’s movies is the phrase, “You Can Do It!” His enthusiastically received stand up performance at Queensborough Performing Arts Center proved that he follows his own advice. Yes, he can do it!
The packed house first welcomed comedian Ted Alexandro. The forty-something performer confessed that he had spent five years as a music teacher at P.S. 203, just around the corner from Queensborough Community College. His monologue included an affectionate parody of his teaching style and a self deprecating anecdote involving his five year old nephew.
Schneider was introduced by Executive and Artistic Director, Sue Agin. She encouraged the audience to attend upcoming shows in QPAC’s Professional Performing Arts Series. Then, it was time for the headliner. Schneider’s popularity goes back to his days on Saturday Night Live, numerous movies and hilarious collaborations with A-list comedian Adam Sandler. The unbridled laughter and applause he received during his performance proved that his material was worthy of these significant comedy credentials.
With a generally low key style, several accents and some exaggerated mannerisms, he poked fun at politics, relationships and today’s airline travel. He shunned the all too frequent sloppy attire of many stand-ups. Instead he wore a respectable suit and tie. Although his material was spiced with some vulgarities, they were not excessive or offensively gratuitous. This approach was also a welcome departure from much of today’s humor. Clearly his material didn’t suffer from these changes. Laughter in the theatre was long, loud and contagious.
Schneider poked fun at his wife, the trials and tribulations of marriage, at “Baysidians” and a plunge into satire based on recent headlines. For those who may have found his TV and movie work to be a bit disconcerting, his stand-up style for a large live audience is comfortable and very competent. Bravo.
The Queensborough Performing Arts Center continues to grow in the quality and quantity of its projects. It is located on the campus of Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside. Call (718) 631-6311 or surf to qcc.cuny.edu/qpac for information.
Entertainment venues throughout the borough are shaking off winter’s icy mantle with warm hearted live performances. As always, save me a seat on the aisle.