Early Life and Career Beginnings
Bob Saget was born on May 17, 1956, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in a Jewish family. He attended Temple University briefly before dropping out to pursue a career in comedy.
In the late 1970s, Saget began performing stand-up comedy in New York City clubs. He also worked as a writer and performer on the TV series “The Morning Program” and “The Comedy Zone.”
Saget’s big break came in 1987 when he was cast as Danny Tanner on the hit sitcom “Full House.” While he gained popularity for his wholesome and fatherly character on the show, his stand-up comedy was known for being edgy and irreverent.
Rise to Fame with Full House
“Full House” premiered in 1987 and became an instant hit, running for eight seasons until 1995. Saget’s portrayal of Danny Tanner, a widowed father of three daughters, made him a household name and a beloved TV dad.
Despite the show’s family-friendly reputation, Saget continued to perform his risqué stand-up comedy routine during the show’s run. This juxtaposition between his on-screen persona and his off-screen comedy style garnered him attention and helped him stand out in the entertainment industry.
After “Full House” ended, Saget continued to act in various TV shows and movies, including a recurring role on “How I Met Your Mother.” He also continued to perform stand-up comedy and even directed a satirical documentary called “The Aristocrats.”
Bob Saget’s Comedy Style and Influences
Saget’s comedy style is known for its dark humor and often offensive content. He has stated that his humor is influenced by comedians such as Richard Pryor and Don Rickles.
In his stand-up routines, Saget often explores taboo subjects and uses explicit language. This edginess is a stark contrast to his wholesome on-screen persona and has sometimes caused controversy.
Despite the criticism, Saget’s comedy has earned him a dedicated fan base, and he is respected by his peers in the entertainment industry for his unique and fearless approach to comedy.
Post-Full House Career and Projects
After “Full House,” Saget continued to work in both television and film. He appeared in guest roles on shows such as “Law & Order: SVU” and “Entourage,” as well as in movies like “Half Baked” and “Dirty Work.”
In addition to acting, Saget continued to pursue his passion for comedy. He released several stand-up specials, including “That Ain’t Right” and “Zero to Sixty,” which were well-received by audiences and critics alike.
Saget also became a prolific director, working on a variety of projects such as TV movies, music videos, and documentaries. He directed the feature film “Dirty Work” and co-wrote, directed, and starred in the mockumentary “Farce of the Penguins.”
In recent years, Saget continued to make guest appearances on TV shows and perform stand-up comedy. He also released his memoir, “Dirty Daddy,” in 2014.
Personal Life and Legacy of Bob Saget
In his personal life, Saget was married and divorced twice and had three daughters. He was also known for his philanthropic work and supported various charities, including the Scleroderma Research Foundation and the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.
On January 9, 2022, Bob Saget passed away suddenly at the age of 65. His death was a shock to his family, friends, and fans, who mourned the loss of a beloved comedian and actor.
Saget’s legacy in the entertainment industry is one of a versatile performer who could balance wholesome family-friendly entertainment with edgy and irreverent comedy. His unique approach to comedy and his impact on popular culture will continue to be remembered and celebrated by audiences and fellow performers alike.