Bob Saget's standup comedy is down and dirty
HBO should run a disclaimer before airing Bob Saget's new comedy special, "That Ain't Right," Saturday at 10 p.m. EDT: "Not intended for...
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"That Ain't Right," 10 p.m. on HBO.
HBO should run a disclaimer before airing Bob Saget's new comedy special, "That Ain't Right," tonight at 10 p.m.: "Not intended for Danny Tanner fans."
Saget's standup routine is such a far cry from his character on the long-running family show "Full House" that anyone who didn't catch his cameo in 2005's "The Aristocrats" will be shocked to learn that Saget enjoys a good dirty joke, or fifty.
"I guess I have some concerns because what I would hate is for parents to put their kids down in front of the television and go, 'We're going to go out to dinner tonight. You just watch the dad from 'Full House,"' Saget told the New York Daily News. "They're going to come home and the poor kid's head is going to be spinning around and he'll be levitating."
Saget's act consists of just about every four-letter word in the English language, jokes about farm animals and sexual situations, talk of his kids, ex-wife and current girlfriend, and a whole lot of Kimmy Gibbler and "Full House" banter.
"If I'm going to fault myself, I would say (my show) is very self-aware of how people perceive me," said Saget. "When I'm walking down the street, it's like being in a big bird suit. Those shows — 'America's Funniest Home Videos' and 'Full House' — run forever, four hours a day, and to walk around like I see a lot of my actor-friends or other celebrities and go, 'I'm not that guy, leave me alone, that's not me!' It's like, sorry buddy, you are ... so I cop to it, because they love it."
Much of his standup is improvisation, says Saget, so it's never quite the same each time he's on stage, and a lot of the time he uses the audience as a gauge.
"I'll just go off on a tangent and the audience will start to cheer it on," Saget said. "I guess they're egging on the village idiot. 'Come on, Bob, make up more things about what you shouldn't do to farm animals!' And I'll just go off and get very excited because there's nothing more in the moment."
Following hot on the heels of the HBO special, "That Ain't Right" will be released on DVD with 15 minutes of bonus material, including a "Strollin' With Saget" featurette. The release date is Tuesday,
"I walk from (New York's) Union Square to Washington Square Park ... and would just say really wrong things to people," said Saget of the clip. "I'm very, very relaxed in New York."
Saget says he understands his comedy might not be for everyone, but "for the most part, my job is to make people laugh and entertain the hell out of them."
But what if he just did it without all the expletives?
"It would be 40 seconds long," laughed Saget.
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