“Full House” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” star Bob Saget turns 65 today. And the indefatigable comedian is preparing to resume his new 2021 comedy tour, which next stops in Houston on June 4 and 5.
Saget’s TV credits include “The Dating Game,” “Full House,” “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and “Entourage.” He also performs stand-up comedy, as evidenced by his tour, where he’s known for raunchy humor that stands in sharp contrast to his family-friendly TV roles.
Saget was born in Philadelphia and went on to attend Temple University. He has been married twice and has three children.
Bob Saget Mixes Comedy And Philanthropy
Saget’s work is a mix of comedic and philanthropic ventures. When he’s not acting or directing, he is a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation.
Saget’s sister Gay died of scleroderma at age 47, per IMDb. And Saget has dedicated a lot of his time to fundraising for scleroderma research in her memory, according to his website. Saget has hosted “Cool Comedy Hot Cuisine” fundraising events across the country which have brought in over $53 million for scleroderma research.
Scleroderma is a rare category of disease that is characterized by a gradual hardening of patches of skin. It can also affect the blood vessels, the internal organs and the digestive tract. There is no cure for scleroderma but there are treatments that can boost quality of life.
‘Full House’ Lives On
The role for which Saget is most famous is probably Danny Tanner on “Full House.” And the comedian never anticipated the staying power of the show, Saget told the For the Record blog last month.
“It was just a great time,” Saget said of “Full House.” “People don’t know how close we were and still are. I talk to all of them all of the time. We are lucky we had this time together. And we all love each other. Sometimes they even come to my comedy shows and heckle me.”
As for his current tour, Saget said he’s exhilarated to get back on stage after the pandemic. But he lamented that comics hesitate to say some things nowadays out of fear.
“It does hurt comedy because you have to worry about who has their phone out and who’s going to post it on the Internet and then everyone taking it out of context,” Saget said. “They never hear that set up or the apology or maybe I never even said what they say I said. They misquote you or whatever. It didn’t come out of my mouth ever. And that’s just wrong. It’s hard to find the funny sometimes. But doing a show in front of a live audience is a very special thing.”
Meanwhile, Saget said he’s been doing tons of podcasting and writing ideas down to stay fresh. And he hopes people will leave his show happy – that’s priority number one for the comedian.