A tip for any nervous journalist about a phone interview with Bob saget – the comedian best known both for his X-rated humor and for appearing in one of the highest rated G-rated television shows in modern history: “Full House”.
It is not necessary to address your questions in advance. In fact, you don’t even have to find any.
When Saget calls, he’ll seem genuinely excited to talk to you, and as soon as the introductions and intricacies are over, he’ll launch into a conscientious talk about whatever goes through his mind. All you have to do is laugh and take notes.
And Saget, the 65-year-old comedian who rose to prominence as the sweet, sappy daddy Danny Tanner in ABC’s “Full House” from 1987 to 1995 (and on the Netflix sequel “Fuller House” from 2016 to 2020 ), has a lot to say, especially about America’s mental state in 2021.
Calling from his office in Los Angeles last week, Saget – who is bringing his stand-up tour to the Orpheum Theater in Wichita on December 2 – said his most important job of late has been to “spread the love” in a world that is becoming more and more frightening. and more divided all the time.
People are angry, he said, and he’s alarmed at the amount of dissent he sees there. He even asked members of the audience to start arguing during his shows.
“The whole world has become a UFC game, and I’m sick of it,” he said. “I’m just trying to keep people entertained.”
This is what Saget will attempt to do on his show Wichita, where he will share anecdotes and stories from his life and travels, including a lot of airplane material: “Things have happened that you can’t believe it’s happening, ”he said. “I could do two hours.”
Although Saget is best known for his stint on “Full House,” his resume also includes an eight-year stint hosting “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and nine years providing the voice of the narrator on “How I Met Your Mother” . He also got noticed recently for a podcast he launched in April 2020 titled “Bob Saget is here for you. “ He recorded 100 episodes where he calls stars like Jason Sudeikis, Whoopi Goldberg, Marlon Wayans and former co-star John Stamos to see how they are coping with the pandemic and the generally depressing state of the world.
Over the years, however, audiences have learned that Saget, the after-hours comedian, has very little in common with Saget, the prime-time television star.
He made headlines as one of the comedians featured in the 2005 documentary “The Aristocrats”, which recounted the story of the world’s most famous and hottest joke. (Saget’s version of the joke was particularly dirty.) He also picked up heat when footage of a 2008 Saget Comedy Central roast resurfaced and was filled with nasty jokes from other comedians on the show. Saget’s relationship with his young co-stars, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. (He addressed the controversy in his 2014 memoir “Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Dirty Comedian.”)
These days, Saget said, her stand-up show isn’t “as blue” as it was when her F-bomb HBO special “That Ain’t Right” came out in 2007.
His comedy is still immature and racy, but it has more of a “daddy’s joke” air, he said. Still, it’s far from being rated G, although Saget has said he has no problem with 15-year-olds seeing his show. Most of them have seen “South Park,” he reasoned, so they’re already ruined.
However, people must be at least 18 years old to participate in the Orpheum de Saget show.
“My audience for the stand-up goes from 18 with a fake ID to almost death,” he said. “I get people who just want to go out and laugh like they did when they were going to Vegas.”
When: 7 p.m. December 2, doors open 6 p.m.
Or: Orpheum Theater, 200 N. Broadway
Tickets: $ 30 to $ 70 at selectaseat.com, by calling 316-75-7328 or at the Select-A-Seat box office at the Intrust Bank Arena