Twenty-three years ago, in the thick of his four-year stint on "Saturday Night Live," Rob Schneider became a father for the first time. He just wasn't ready for it.
Now, with a 6-month-old daughter with his third wife, Schneider is fully embracing fatherhood.
"Back then, I chose 'SNL' over everything," he said. "I've told my 23-year-old daughter that I'm sorry I wasn't there for her, and I'm so happy she turned out great. But with this new baby, I get another shot at it, and I'm loving every minute of it."
He loves being a father again at age 49 so much, it's fine fodder for his topical stand-up comedy show, which he's bringing to McCurdy's Comedy Theatre this weekend (May 24-25).
"Being on a television show and doing movies requires a lot of time being away from home," Schneider said, "but with stand-up, I can spread it out here and there and do it at my own pace and still have time with the baby.
"I was in Adam Sandler's movie 'Grown Ups' (2010), and we had a great time making it and I love Adam, he's like a brother to me, but when he asked me to be in 'Grown Ups 2' (in theaters July 12), I had to turn him down. I just didn't want anything to take me away from our baby."
Now that he has his priorities straight, Schneider has a few other goals in mind, including better movie roles.
Schneider's Hollywood resume is littered with poorly reviewed movies, like "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo" (and its sequel), "The Animal" and "The Hot Chick." He's not apologizing for any of it, but he would like to break out of that mold.
"Believe me, I'm not complaining, because I've made a darn good living at this," he said, "but I've been typecast as the same funny guy in every movie. Did you know that Steve Buscemi started out as a stand-up comic? But he never gets typecast as a comedian. He's had so many great roles in his career. That's what I want: I want to be considered for dramatic roles."
What would he say to a movie director if the right script came around?
"I would tell them, 'Look, just give me a shot. I know I can do this,' " he said. "I was very fortunate to be on 'SNL.' One day, I'm a nobody, and the next I'm on 'SNL' and I have a huge career, and it made me lots of money. But I love to act and I want to do different things."
He's even toying with the idea of teaching, passing on his knowledge of comedy, acting and filmmaking.
In the meantime, he's enjoying his new ride - right here, right now - and "I'm really looking forward to see what's coming ahead."