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May 24, 2020








Bob Saget. Courtesy photo.

Bob Saget

When: Thursday, July 7, at 8 p.m.
Where: Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton Beach
Tickets: $24-$44 at

From Dustbusting to naughty bits
Full House star Saget brings his standup to Hampton Beach

By Michael Witthaus

 In early March, singer Carly Rae Jepsen interrupted her show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to bring Bob Saget on stage. The pair took a selfie with the crowd, then did an impromptu version of the theme from Full House; Saget played all-American dad Danny Tanner on the hit sitcom and recently reprised his role for the Netfllix reboot, Fuller House.

The crowd, its median age maybe 14, screamed wildly — when they weren’t singing along word for word. 
“I’ve got an audience that is the granddaughters of the people that watched with their kids; I’ve got every demographic,” Saget said during a phone interview in advance of a short tour that stops in New Hampshire on July 7. “Fortunately,  I have a girlfriend again, so it will keep me off the streets. I’m 60 years old ... enough already !”
Recently, Saget dropped into L.A.’s Comedy Store to do a surprise set, only to find Chris Rock following Dave Chappelle. 
“It’s like the early ’80s again,” Saget said of the bustling club where he once served as house MC. “Chris Rock brought me up on stage and in his intro, he said, ‘Who is the special guest ... Eddie Murphy?’ You know, like, who’s bigger than us? Then he said, ‘No, we have a guy who raised all of us, and you all know him.’”
Saget received a standing ovation at 1:30 a.m. 
“It wasn’t because they were leaving; it was affection,” he said with a self-deprecating laugh. “I realized that I am literally one of the only television fathers left that can be trusted at this point.”
His wholesome TV persona won’t be found in Saget’s standup act, however — it’s far more raunchy than Full House-esque. Most people know ahead of time what to expect, but there are the occasionally clueless. 
“If you do a character ... meant for family entertainment; people think that you’re like that,” Saget said. “Like, when I’m home, I’m Dustbusting, wearing a sweater and Windexing.”
A older woman in the audience during a Vancouver show a few years back obviously didn’t know about the preponderance of poop and sex jokes in Saget’s act and got up to leave. 
“I said, ‘Did I offend you?’ She just gave the hand gesture of, ‘You’re no good. … You should be eating lox and bagels at your mother’s house.’”
At the notion that his mother would be ashamed of him, Saget began riffing in the middle of the interview. 
“Your mother would shave her beard off if she knew what you were doing,” he mocked in a thick Yiddish accent, quickly adding, “I don’t know why I just put a beard on my mother ... my mother would not like that joke. It’s disrespectful. But that’s what I base my humor on.”
Listening to Saget bounce around is a lot like watching one of his many comedy specials. During the last one, That’s What I’m Talking About, he told the crowd, “listen closely,  I’m never gonna do this again” prior to one bit; these flights of fancy happen a lot. 
“I’m someone who says, during a special, to his producer, on camera, ‘Somebody write that down ... I’d like to use it again.’ After it’s already been committed to television, forever,” he said. “I really don’t know what I’m going to do before I get to the stage because I don’t know what’s happened that day. … At a certain point  you’re able to tell a story about just your journey to try to get to the venue.”
His 2013 special received a Grammy nomination. 
“It cost me so much money, because I had to buy a dress for my daughter and a tux ... and Kathy Griffin won,” Saget said. “I always say, ‘I like him, so I don’t mind.’ I love Kathy, but I’m a comedian, so I have to say terrible things like that.”
Saget spent the end of last year portraying a Lutheran minister in the Tony-nominated Hand to God, a seriocomic play about a teenage boy with a hand puppet that channels Satan. It’s a perfect metaphor for the comic’s bipolar performing persona, right? 
“Totally,” Saget said. 
He hosted a dinner for James Carville when Lewis Black had a scheduling conflict. Otherwise, Saget steers clear of hot button issues in his act. 
“Everything below my waist is a lot more entertaining,” he said. “The world has gone crazy, so what we want to do is keep people alive and try to get rid of all the anger that’s in the world. I’m not a political person; I’m a humanist, and I am an entertainer — because Billy Joel told me to always say that.”

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