Choli ke peeche kya hai?

That's the song Hollywood actor and stand-up comedian Rob Schneider hums before his shows, he tells MiD Day in an exclusive interview ahead of his performance in the city today

This is your first visit to India. How have you prepared for the shows here?
People are familiar with me. I listen to Indian comedians on YouTube. They do voices like I do. Indians are big on laughter. I'll tell them about my life and men and women. I follow Indian culture and Hinduism has a big influence on me.

What intrigues you the most about stand-up comedies?
The live aspect of it. Not knowing what the audience will laugh at is interesting and challenging. It takes a long time to get feedback on a film but in a stand-up comedy you know instantly what's funny and what's not.

Where do you get your sense of humour from?
When I get up in the morning, the sillier part of my brain is more active. I am funnier in the mornings than in  the evenings.

You were not doing stand-ups for a long time and then you started again two years ago. Is it challenging to return  after a long break?
It's been a while and I am pretty confident now. I talk about Obama, America and the world economy in my shows.

Your new TV show iRob is airing from January 2012. What can people expect from the show?
It's a story of my life, someone who doesn't want to change and grow up. Actually it's a bit of an exaggeration on me.

You got married this year. Has that brought any change on your comedies?
My comedies are a little better now. Jokes are a little better. There's a lot of compromise you need to do in the morning, afternoon and night but the other side of suffering is beautiful.

What can the Bangalore audience expect from you?
I have got some good jokes on Hollywood, men and women and my wife. It's a bit risky. I am not 100 per cent sure if they will like the jokes.

You run the Rob Schneider Music Foundation. What are your preferences in music?
I like listening to music. I like jazz, classical and  Hindi songs. Anything that's positive and interesting fascinates me. I don't like rap, maybe because I don't  understand it.

Which is your favourite Bollywood song?
Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai and I sing it before every show. I watch Hindi songs on Youtube and my favourite comedian is Shah Rukh Khan.

At The Lalit Ashok, Kumara Krupa High Grounds
ON November 28
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