A quick Internet search of the name “Bob Saget” yields a staggering number of hits, almost evenly divided between effusive praise and sites claiming that the lanky comedian is in fact the Antichrist set loose on the mortal plane. Could there really be such outrage over the former host of America’s Funniest Home Videos? Indeed, there are two Sagets: the squeaky clean TV goofball character from Full House, who embodied everything wrong with saccharine family-friendly entertainment; and the hilariously raunchy comic, whose act is sometimes known to make sailors blush.
It’s the latter Saget who will be coming to town, alongside good friend (and Full House cohort), Detroit native Dave Coulier.
Metro Times recently spoke to Saget, who used the opportunity to set the record straight for those who might picture him as a Scrooge McDuck type — giggling atop a mountain of gold coins as a result of his ABC glory days.
“I did not own the shows. The Seinfeld people, the Friends people — they all made tons more money than I made back in those days. You know everybody always likes to talk about what people make but they don’t really know. They say, ‘Oh, I’d like to have your residuals.’ I say, ‘OK, here. Buy a bicycle.’ Usually you have to own your show to make crazy money. I’m not saying it’s bad, it’s wonderful. I have a very happy ex-wife,” Saget says.
Though he’s not the super-rich mogul some may imagine, he’s had the luxury of choosing projects for reasons other than cash flow. In recent years he’s worn director, writer, producer and even stage actor caps, but he’s always ready to reignite the flame of his first passion: comedy.
“My stand-up deals with all the stuff I care about: anything that’s anywhere inside my pants,” he says. “It revolves around the world of anything that has to do with what’s in my pants. It’s below the button fly. It’s things that really matter. I’m narcissistic about my nether regions.”
While he’s not afraid to get topical, he’s well aware that a steady diet of dick jokes does the trick. “The world’s pretty damn painful. I just want to make people laugh,” he says.
“It really is stealing, but it also is a craft. A lot of people use stand up as a tool. They say, ‘Oh, I’m going to get a series, I’ll be a writer or an actor and I won’t do stand-up anymore.’ And then something happens to you, and you find out where you’re going to end up is with your stand-up. Are you going to keep doing it?”
For Saget the answer is always yes, and he’s delighted to be working with old pal Coulier.
“Detroit is kind of like a second or third home to me,” Saget says. “I was born in Philly, lived in Virginia and now I’m an L.A. boy, but I’ve always gone to Detroit. I’ve been going there for 25 years or more. I actually met Dave when he was 17.” While Saget is poised to headline the show (mostly because he’s too dirty to follow), he has nothing but praise for Alanis Morissette’s one-time boyfriend.
“Now stand-up for me is a whole new thing again, but Dave is so awesome at it and I envy him in some ways. Dave has a real facility for it.”
Saturday, May 28, at 8 p.m. at the Masonic Temple’s Scottish Rite Theater, 500 Temple Rd., Detroit; 313-832-7100. Admission is $35-$45.Send comments to [email protected].