5 Questions with Bob Saget

Bob Saget showed me that he was a SUPER FUNNY dude when he had his reoccurring  role in Entourage. A total 180 from his Full House days.  Read the whole interview The Detroit Pressafter the break.

Bob Saget was multitasking as he dialed up the Free Press last week. In a breath, the veteran star of stage and screen mentioned the gas man, a termite problem and a giant condom before muttering a not-quite-decipherable statement about the headline-grabbing Charlie Sheen, who just happens to be playing metro Detroit the same night as Saget.

“Seriously?” Saget deadpanned when asked about the conundrum some comedy fans faced when deciding where to spend their night and money. Not one to talk negatively about the competition, Saget simply added that his own show is “really a lot of fun.”

Depending on your sense of humor, that’s quite the understatement.

What the sinfully successful Saget showcases onstage today is very different from the family-friendly fare he was known for in the late 1980s and early ’90s., At that time, he hosted “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and starred in “Full House,” where he delivered a patented aw-shucks, G-rated message with Detroit native Dave Coulier, John Stamos and the young Olsen twins.

Times have seriously changed. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are a billion-dollar brand. And Saget … well, just erase that cheesy “Full House” character Danny Tanner from memory.

He cherishes those memories, but the 54-year-old Saget won’t be taking the Royal Oak Music Theatre crowd on a family trip to Walt Disney World. There will be plenty of funny fireworks as he closes out Mark Ridley’s annual comedy festival by slinging R-rated stories, vulgar ditties and so much laugh-out-loud dirty banter that a post-show bath should be part of the price of admission.

QUESTION: Did your profane joke delivery in “The Aristocrats” or the guest-starring stint on HBO’s “Entourage” help prepare mainstream audiences for what they’re going to get at a Saget show?

ANSWER: Yeah, there are those projects and my “Everybody Knows Bob” Comedy Central roast in 2008 and my HBO special “That Ain’t Right,” where a lot of people who weren’t familiar with that side of me — they definitely know now. It does still happen, but not as much.

“He’s dirty, he’s not dirty, he’s dirty!” It really doesn’t matter. Whatever is coming out of you right now is who you are. I’ve done a lot of different kinds of projects. I don’t look at anything I’ve ever done as a one-trick pony. But it is interesting to see how people will relate to you as a character on TV but now, I think, just about everyone who comes to one of my shows knows they’re about to be entertained and see all kinds of

R-rated humor.

Q: Do you get a sense that because so many people are struggling in their everyday lives they really need a good laugh?

A: I do, and I have to tell you that I knock on wood every day; it’s such a privilege to be able to do this. It means a lot to me to connect with people in this way. I’ve always wanted to be part of something, and I still do. I love doing this, and I don’t take it for granted.

On top of the audience, I also try and do a lot of benefits. I’m a member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation. But shouldn’t we rather be talking about what’s in my pants?

Q: Do you have a set formula for how much material is scripted compared to what’s improvised? There’s that other show happening the same night in town, which has me thinking a lot about how difficult it is to do a stand-up set.

A: Right, exactly — it’s not like anyone can announce that they’re just going to be a comedian. … It really is an art form. I just love watching people like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher; I really respect what they do. I think there’s that whole gas thing, which stinks, but the really good comedians just love to entertain.

My stuff, right now I am working on a new special, so there is a lot of material, very weird material, that I’m working on. And it’s not like this is all premeditated. Most of the time, this is just what comes out of me. My act is always changing. I’m writing a lot of new music, but people are really responding positively. Really, I never know exactly what’s going to happen. Anything can come out on any given night.

Q: Is your reality series “Strange Days” — where you explored a variety of America’s subcultures and the personalities behind them — coming back?

A: We’re actually talking about doing more of that. But there are a lot of projects I have in the works; I’m really enjoying this second stage of my career right now.

One of the things I did for “Strange Days” was ride down with a gang of bikers in a sidecar from Nashville to Daytona. What was really cool was I just performed in Tampa, where there were probably like 100 Harleys out in front and a ton of bikers inside the show.

A lot of people probably think that some people look scary, therefore they must be. But what a great group of people — and I really feel inspired being able to make that impression and for them to make an impression on me. I’m their brethren.

I’m in my 50s now and what’s amazing is that I’m doing a lot of stuff now that I never thought I’d be doing. And it’s quite a lesson I’m learning.

Q: You grew up in Baltimore, which many people compare to Detroit. Do you keep in touch with your former “Full House” costar Coulier? It seems like you have a strong connection to your Michigan audiences.

A: Oh yeah, I’ve known Dave for 35 years. He was 21 and I was 17 and we were working together on Woodward way back then. We all talk, Dave, John (Stamos) and I — but no, we’re not going to be doing a TV Land-style reunion. Sorry. But they are dear old friends of mine, and Detroit — my dad grew up there.

We had a lot of family there, and for me, whenever I head back to Detroit, it feels like I’m coming home. My Uncle Bill had dry cleaners there and Dave used to come work with me there.

I just played Michael Moore’s festival in Traverse City, which was also really cool.

There’s a great community there. I played the Royal Oak Music Theatre about two years ago and I remember the audience just being so responsive. It seems like Mark Ridley has always owned his club and helped out so many comedians. I’m glad to be coming back

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