Hot on the heels of his critically acclaimed appearance in Jack and Jill, the scathing comedic mind that is Rob Schneider has been granted a CBS sitcom of his very own. The sitcom is called (wait for it) Rob, and it’s about a guy who marries a Mexican-American woman who is way, way out of his league, even for a sitcom couple. Because he is white and she is Mexican, all sorts of hilarious hijinks ensure when he meets her family, including, but not limited to: hugging, racist jokes, talk of illegal immigration, filial piety, talking in a strange gibberish nonsense language, grandma-humping, and the criminal squandering of Cheech Marin.
“What is America? It’s a mish-mash,” Schneider says, “and this show will help represent that in a funny way.” If only that were true! Race-based humor is very hard for white people (or anyone, really) to pull off, and like I said in my post on 2 Broke Girls, if you carry it off inexpertly, you come off super duper racist. (See also: A Very Harold And Kumar Christmas.) I can think of only a few Latino sitcom characters currently on TV whose race is not the butt of every joke involving them: Oscar from The Office, and…oh God, is he the only one? There’s always a chance Rob Schneider could exceed expectations, but– oh, who are we kidding? There is no way Rob Schneider is going to exceed expectations. I will report back after the show premieres on just how bad the damage is.