David Spade is playing the Seneca Niagara Casino on Saturday night. But you probably won’t see him at the slots or card table. And if you do, don’t ask him for a selfie.
The 50-year-old actor and comic, who rose to fame in the mid-’90s as a “Saturday Night Live” cast member, is bringing his stand-up act to the casino’s Seneca Events Center for an 8 p.m. show Saturday. In a recent interview with celebrity journalist Robin Leach of the Las Vegas Sun, Spade acknowledged that stand-up was his Hollywood ticket.
“It got me here, it got me onto ‘SNL,’ ” he told Leach.
But he also acknowledged the difficulty of the solo art. Stand-up, he said, “keeps you on your toes.” And even after logging dozens of movie and TV credits (including “Tommy Boy” and “Black Sheep” with his late “SNL” co-star Chris Farley), seeing other comics who excel at stand-up still make Spade twitch with envy.
“I want to keep up with the other comedians,” he told Leach. “I like watching them, and I get really jealous when they’re good.”
Spade also admitted that he no longer hits the Vegas casinos. Autographs were OK, but selfies can get a little too crazy.
“Before you know it,” he said, “someone has you in, like, a headlock, and you’re going, “What? What’s going on?”
Maybe he’ll test out the Niagara Falls casino floor. And he probably won’t mind if you say hi.
But skip the pic.
– Tim O’Shei