'Saturday Night Live' Trio Set For Benefit Here

Posted: April 04, 1991

Three new recruits from NBC's venerable Saturday Night Live will take the stage of the University of Pennsylvania's Irvine Auditorium tonight, doling out laughs for a worthy cause in "Stand-Up Against Homelessness."

The SNL supporting-cast members - Adam Sandler, Robert Schneider and David Spade - plus comic and MTV veejay Colin Quinn and the show's organizers hope to raise more than $40,000 to benefit the homeless in West Philadelphia.

"Stand-Up" is sponsored by Comic Relief, known for its star-studded HBO fund-raising events. (The group has raised more than $9 million to benefit homeless people nationwide.) Proceeds from "Stand-Up" will go to Philadelphia Health Care for the Homeless. The funds will be administered by Philadelphia Health Management Corp.

Although their names may not be that familiar, Sandler, Schneider and Spade are rising stars in the SNL galaxy. Schneider, in particular, has been a hit this season with a character called Rich the Copy Machine Guy, an annoying office drone who assaults all comers with torturously affectionate nicknames. When guest-host Sting wandered into his Xerox lair, Schneider greeted him with ''Sting! Making copies! The Stingmeister! Der Stinglehoffer!"

Steve Martin's appearance resulted in another attack: "Steeeve.

The Stevester! Coming to make some copies! Steve-a-rama!

Steve-a-ramavich. . . . "

Schneider, 27, a San Francisco native, has been working in comedy clubs since he was 20. Last year, producer Lorne Michaels tapped him for a writer- performer gig at SNL. His writing partner on the show is Sandler, whose on- screen characters include Iraqi Pete, a Persian Gulf oddball.

IF YOU GO

"Stand-Up Against Homelessness," with Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, David Spade and Colin Quinn, will be at 8 p.m. at Irvine Auditorium, 34th and Spruce Streets. Tickets cost $15 and are available at the Annenberg Theater box office, 3680 Walnut St., and Ticketmaster outlets. Information: 898-4458.

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