“I pulled off a coup,” says Stanford’s main man Craig Glazer. “That’ll be the biggest comedy show of the year here – he’s never played Kansas City. He’s doing about 10 club dates around the country.”
The reason Schneider opted to play small clubs rather than larger venues like the Midland?
“He could do theaters if he wanted to but he’s getting ready for this big movie with Adam Sandler,” Glazer explains. “And it’s called ‘leg-stretching.’ So instead of a big audience at the Midland, they get in a smaller venue where they can try a lot more new material and they’re not under the pressure to do quite as tailored a show.
“Ten years ago I met a guy in L.A. named Damon Wayans who also had never played Kansas City. And he’d been retired in the mid- late 90s and then in the early 2000s decided to come back. He’d been offered a television series by ABC that became a hit – My Wife and Kids – and he wanted to get back out and try new material around the country to see what would work and what wouldn’t. Not just do his In Living Color material. He felt just like Rob, that he wanted to try other stuff.”
Schneider will perform five shows at Stanford’s April 22-24th. Tickets start at $20 for general admission and top out at $35 for VIP seating and go on sale tomorrow morning at Stanford’s. Fellow Saturday Night Live alum Jeff Richards – aka the “Drunk Girl” will open.
“For me this show has that wow factor,” Glazer says. “Rob’s a big star and he’s doing a comedy club – kind of like when we had Lewis Black two years ago.”