& Fortune: Comedian David Spade
Money's not main motivator for Capital
David Spade has it made.
As one of the early practitioners
of the "snark," (critical in an annoying, sarcastic, grumpy,
wisecracking, or cynical sort of way) trend that now infuses pop
culture and media, Spade's "Hollywood Minute" segment
on "Saturday Night Live" allowed him to trash all that
was pretentious about showbiz -- hyperinflated egos, pampered celebutantes,
and the many shining stars whose self-adulation greatly eclipsed
This year, Spade found a way to
turn the snark into a full-time job. "The Showbiz Show with
David Spade" on Comedy Central gives Spade one half-hour every
week to drag the likes of Paris Hilton, Gwyneth Paltrow and the
Federlines through the mud, employing his biting invective in the
cause of dragging stars back down to our earthly orbit.
And while Spade is busy with his
show, which returns for season two in March, he also keeps himself
visible in other areas. His Capital One commercials air "every
nine seconds," according to his estimate; his film "The
Benchwarmers," with Rob Schneider and "Napoleon Dynamite"
star Jon Heder, hits theaters in April; and he'll appear this week
at the Bud
Light South Beach Comedy Festival in Miami.
Bankrate spoke with Spade -- who earned a business
degree from Arizona State University in 1986 -- about how stars
react to a constant thrashing and how he decides which projects
to take on.
Bankrate: Have you
had any feedback from some of the subjects of your show?
David Spade: There
are so many news shows and magazines now, I think people think it's
funny and just don't care. They don't get offended as much because
they're kind of getting it from all sides, and I think they get
how it works now. I haven't heard anything negative. Actually, a
few people I've made fun of thought it was funny.
Bankrate: Does the
fact that it's so pervasive make your job more difficult?
David Spade: It does,
but at least I was there at the beginning of it, so I have some
voice. As long as we take our own angle on it, it can be different
enough to work. Whatever is going on, we can say, "What's been
done about that? Do people think Tom Cruise isn't heterosexual?
Yes. But that's kind of boring, so what's the new thing on Tom Cruise?"
Stuff like that where you go, "well, 'Entertainment Tonight'
is not going to say that."
Bankrate: You've done
a lot of TV, but this is your first time as one of the people in
charge of a show. What has that experience been like?
David Spade: I've never
wanted to be a director of movies, but I think at this point, in
this arena, this is right up my alley. After doing so many shows,
I have to have some say in how to steer what I want to do. I couldn't
take orders at this point. It's my name; it's my show; I host it;
and I just have to guess that I know what I'm doing.