Schneider’s efforts in helping to boost tourism to island state were recognized during a ceremony recently held in Taipei.
Rob Schneider, the well known comedian and television personality, was the one of the leading guests at the annual Tourism Festival Award Ceremony held at the Grand Hotel in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, .
Schneider received his award, along with another 171 representatives of the travel industry from Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Malaysia, the US and Europe at the ceremony.
In 2011 Rob and his wife Patrica chose Taiwan as an ideal location for their honeymoon, as previous trips that the actor had made to the island has stuck in his memory not only the beautiful scenery the friendliness of the local population and the excellent cuisine.
The couple returned to the island the following year at the invitation of the Tourism Bureau. They spent their holiday at the especially picturesque Cape San Diego in northeastern Taiwan. During their visit, the Schneiders suggested to the Taiwan Travel Board that they may want to use the photographs taken during this trip to help promote tourism to the island- an offer which they rapidly accepted.
In addition, Rob and Patricia Schneider volunteered to take part in promotional events on behalf of Taiwanese tourism in the United States, to help play a part in spreading the word about the delights of holidaying in Taiwan.
Accepting the award Schneider stated that he still especially honored to be receiving this award from the Taiwan Tourism Bureau. Rob wound up by saying how much he and his wife loved the people of the island, especially their great sense of humor and love of their country and they also have the most amazing food in the world.
Rob Schneider began his career as a stand-up comedian in his home city of San Francisco, earning himself a reputation among the popular Bay Area nightclubs of the late 80s such as the Holy City Zoo and The Other Café. Schneider also became a regular feature on local radio programs eventually been selected to appear on HBO’s 13th Annual Young Comedians special. Rob’s performance was so impressive that he was approached by the producers of Saturday Night Live, the late night sketch comedy series that was just getting underway.
Originally Schneider was taken on a script writer, but he swiftly graduated to becoming a full cast member, appearing alongside such comic talents as Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade and the late Chris Farley.
Schneider left the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1996, to follow a career in the movie business beginning by taking supporting roles in a number of movies, including Surf Ninjas, Judge Dredd, The Beverly Hillbillies, Demolition Man and Down Periscope. Rob was also a regular on the TV series Coach, as well as appearing in the Men Behaving Badly, an NBC sitcom that ran for two seasons.
Schneider is mostly remembered for playing the title role in the 1999 feature film Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and its subsequent follow-up Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo. The European version of Deuce Bigelow, unfortunately, was not too well received by critics and even went as far as getting Schneider a 2005 Worst Actor Razzie Award.