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David SpadeFame & Fortune: Comedian David Spade
Money's not main motivator for Capital One funnyman

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 their talent.

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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.

 
 
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