“Saturday Night Live” alum and actor Rob Schneider and Steve-O of the show “Jackass” cracked stand-up jokes to a packed house at the Merced Theatre on Saturday.
CABsterical Comedy Jam 2013 was organized by UC Merced’s Campus Activities Board and open only to UC students.
According to board activities director Enrique Guzman, the event was one of 75 the board has put on this school year. Guzman said the board plans eventually to open its events to the public after they gain more visibility in the community.
The board’s big event next year will be its Spring Concert at The Bowl on the UCM campus. The event will feature well-known pop music groups, Guzman said.
Steve-O’s stand-up set was decidedly adult in nature – no surprises there – while Schneider riffed on everyday things like his 1-year-old daughter and his wife. Austin, Texas-based comedian Jamie Lissow, 38, who was traveling with Schneider, said he is getting back into stand-up comedy after a five-year hiatus, playing small venues all over the nation.
Lissow said Schneider is also working on his scripted reality television show, “Real Rob,” which follows Schneider and his family in their daily lives.
The 1,170-ticket sellout was the second in two weeks, after comedian Paul Rodriguez played to a sellout crowd, according to theater manager Adam Miller.