Bob Saget

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Bob Saget
Bob Saget.jpg
Saget at the 2007 O&A Traveling Virus at PNC
Birth nameRobert Lane Saget
Born(1956-05-17) May 17, 1956 (age 58)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
MediumTelevision, stand-up
GenresCharacter comedy, observational comedy, wit/word play, satire/political satire, black comedy, surreal humor, sarcasm, blue comedy
Notable works and rolesDanny Tanner on Full House
Americas Funniest Home Videos
How I Met Your Mother
Websitewww.bobsaget.com
 
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Bob Saget
Bob Saget.jpg
Saget at the 2007 O&A Traveling Virus at PNC
Birth nameRobert Lane Saget
Born(1956-05-17) May 17, 1956 (age 58)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
MediumTelevision, stand-up
GenresCharacter comedy, observational comedy, wit/word play, satire/political satire, black comedy, surreal humor, sarcasm, blue comedy
Notable works and rolesDanny Tanner on Full House
Americas Funniest Home Videos
How I Met Your Mother
Websitewww.bobsaget.com

Robert Lane "Bob" Saget (born May 17, 1956)[1] is an American stand-up comedian, actor and television host. Although he is best known for his family-friendly roles as Danny Tanner on Full House (1987–95) and the original host of America's Funniest Home Videos (1989–97), Saget is also known for his adult-oriented stand-up routine.[2] He also provided the voice of the future Ted Mosby on How I Met Your Mother from 2005 to 2014.

Early life[edit]

Robert Lane Saget was born in Philadelphia to a Jewish family. His father, Benjamin (1917–2007), was a supermarket executive, and his mother, Rosalyn (1925–2014), was a hospital administrator. Saget lived in California before moving back to Philadelphia and graduating from high school.[3][4] Saget originally intended to become a doctor, but his Honors English teacher, Elaine Zimmerman, saw his creative potential and urged him to seek a career in films.[2]

Saget attended Temple University's film school, where he created Through Adam's Eyes, a black-and-white film about a boy who received reconstructive facial surgery, and was honored with an award of merit in the Student Academy Awards. He graduated with a B.A. in 1978.[5] Saget intended to take graduate courses at the University of Southern California but quit a few days later. Saget describes himself at the time in an article by Glenn Esterly in the 1990 Saturday Evening Post: "I was a cocky, overweight twenty-two-year-old. Then I had a gangrenous appendix taken out, almost died, and I got over being cocky or overweight."[6] Saget talked about his burst appendix on Anytime with Bob Kushell, saying that it happened on the Fourth of July, at the UCLA Medical Center and that they at first just iced the area for seven hours before taking it out and finding that it had become gangrenous.[7]

Career[edit]

Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos[edit]

Following a short stint as a member of CBS' The Morning Program in early 1987, Saget was cast as Danny Tanner in Full House, which became a success with family viewers, and landed in the Nielsen ratings' Top 30 beginning with season three. In 1989, Saget began as the host of America's Funniest Home Videos, a role he held until 1997. During the early 1990s, Saget worked both on Full House and AFV simultaneously. In 2009, he returned to AFV for the 20th-anniversary one-hour special co-hosted with Tom Bergeron.[8]

Continued career[edit]

Saget had a sitcom on The WB titled Raising Dad. It co-starred Kat Dennings, Brie Larson, and Jerry Adler and lasted only one season.

Saget was host of NBC's game show 1 vs. 100 from 2006 to 2008.

Saget served as the narrator of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, which premiered on September 19, 2005.[9] Saget voiced the future version of Ted Mosby, but was not credited.

His HBO comedy special, That Ain't Right, came out on DVD on August 28, 2007. It is dedicated to his father, Ben Saget, who died on January 30, 2007, due to complications from congestive heart failure. He was 89.

He has had recurring roles in HBO's Entourage playing a parody of himself.

Saget appeared in the Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone for a limited four-month engagement. He played "Man in Chair" while Jonathan Crombie, who normally played the character on Broadway, was with the national tour of the musical. On January 4, 2008, Saget's caricature was unveiled at Sardi's Restaurant.[10]

On August 17, 2008, Saget was roasted by Comedy Central in a special, titled The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget.

In April 2009, he debuted in a new sitcom along with his co-star Cynthia Stevenson on ABC called Surviving Suburbia.[11] The series, which was originally to air on The CW, ended after one abbreviated season.

In November 2013, it was announced that Saget will be touring Australia for the first time, in May 2014, with an adults-only stand-up show called Bob Saget Live: The Dirty Daddy Tour. The show will take in the major cities of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.[12]

Directing[edit]

Saget directed the 1996 ABC television movie For Hope, which was inspired by the life story of his sister, Gay Saget, who died from scleroderma three years earlier.[2]

In 1998, Saget directed his first feature film Dirty Work, starring Norm Macdonald and Artie Lange. Coming off one year after he left his long-running role as host of America's Funniest Home Videos, the film received broadly negative reviews from critics, and earned low box office returns. However, it has since become a cult favorite, due partially to Artie Lange's later popularity on The Howard Stern Show where the film is sometimes mentioned, often in unflattering terms.

Saget wrote, directed, and starred in Farce of the Penguins, a parody of 2005's March of the Penguins, which was released direct-to-DVD, in January 2007.

Other works[edit]

In 1998, Saget made a cameo appearance as a cocaine addict in the stoner comedy Half Baked.

In 2006, Jamie Kennedy released a rap song and music video entitled "Rollin' with Saget", which featured Saget and is on his website.

In 2010, Saget starred in an A&E series Strange Days in which he follows others in different activities and lifestyles, documenting their adventures in unusual ways.

In 2014, his book Dirty Daddy was released, in which Saget writes about his career, comedy influences and experiences with life and death. He embarked on a small tour in support of the book, including the Pemberton Music Festival, where he introduced Snoop Dogg prior to performing his own set.

Charity work[edit]

Saget is currently a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation. His scleroderma efforts have further benefited such celebrities as Scary Movie star Regina Hall.[13]

In an interview with Ability Magazine, Saget discussed how his sister was diagnosed with scleroderma at 43, and died at 47. Before that, she had been misdiagnosed many times. "Unfortunately, rheumatologists in a lot of places don’t have very many scleroderma patients come through their labs, and no one knew what to do with her. I wish I’d known then what I know now." Because of this, Saget is involved in many fundraising benefits, towards finding a cure for the disease.[citation needed]

"There’s also a Scleroderma Foundation, and we’re separate from them, but one of the Scleroderma Foundation board heads is also on the Scleroderma Research Foundation board. We’re all basically trying to cure the same thing. Our organization has raised $25 million for research. Our chairman, Luke Evnin, is an amazing man, and lives up in San Francisco with his wife, Deann Wright. They’re both brilliant scientists and doctors. Dana Delany’s on the board, Caryn Zucker, Kristen Baker Bellamy, who lost her mother to scleroderma, and is married to Bill Bellamy. Robin Williams worked our first benefit. A number of celebrities sign on, which helps to give the disease a higher profile. As you may know, Regina, a significant number of the people who get scleroderma are African-American."[14]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1979Spaced OutVoice of WurlitzerVoice; also writer
1980DevicesTherapy Patient
1981Full High MoonSportscaster
1985New Love, American StyleComedy Vignettes
1987Critical ConditionDr. Joffe
1993For Goodness SakeSurgeon
1997Meet Wally SparksReporter #4
1998Half BakedCocaine addictUncredited
1998Dirty WorkDirector
2003Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met LloydWalter Matthews
2004New York MinuteHimselfExtra
2005The AristocratsHimselfDocumentary

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1981Bosom BuddiesBob the ComicEpisode: "The Show Must Go On"
1983The Greatest American HeroRookEpisode: "Wizards and Warlocks"
1986It's a LivingDr. BartlettEpisode: "The Doctor Danny Show"
1987–95Full HouseDaniel 'Danny' Tanner192 episodes
1989–97America's Funniest Home VideosHimself/hostAlso guest-hosted 1 episode in 2009
1989MMCEpisode: Guest Day"
1992Quantum LeapMacklyn "Mack" MacKayEpisode: "Stand Up – April 30, 1959"
1992To Grandmother's House We GoWin-O-Lotto Lottery HostMovie; uncredited
1994Father and ScoutSpencer PaleyMovie; also executive producer
1999SororityDean TinkerMovie; uncredited
2000Becoming DickBobMovie (uncredited); also director
2000The Norm ShowMr. AtkitsonEpisode: "Norm vs. Schoolin'"; also director
2001–02Raising DadMatt Stewart22 episodes
2002The Jamie Kennedy ExperimentHimself1 episode
2004HuffButchEpisode: "Flashpants"
2005Listen UpMitchEpisode: "Coach Potato"
2005MadagascarZoo AnimalVoice
2005-10EntourageHimself4 Episodes
2005–14How I Met Your MotherTed Mosby (in 2030)Series; voice only (uncredited)
2006–081 vs. 100Himself/hostGame show
2006Casper's Scare SchoolDashMovie; voice
2006Law & Order: Special Victims UnitGlenn ChealesEpisode: "Choreographed"
2007Farce of the PenguinsCarl (voice)Direct-to-video; also writer, director and producer
2007That Ain't RightHimselfSpecial
2008The Life & Times of TimParty MartyEpisode: "Mugger/Cin City"; voice
2008The Comedy Central Roast of Bob SagetHimselfSpecial
2009Surviving SuburbiaSteve Patterson13 episodes
2010Strange Days with Bob SagetHimself/host6 episodes
2011Law & Order: LAAdam BrennanEpisode: "Van Nuys"
2011LouieHimselfCameo
2013That's What I'm Talking AboutHimselfSpecial; also writer and producer
2014Super Fun NightMr. Porter WarnerEpisode: "Cookie Prom"
2014LegitHimselfEpisode: "Licked"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1207) (Time Inc.). May 18, 2012. p. 29. 
  2. ^ a b c "Biography - Saget, Bob". Thomson Gale. 2004. 
  3. ^ "Bob Saget". film.com. Archived from the original on 2008-09-14. Retrieved 2012-09-23. 
  4. ^ Goldberg, Jennifer (2007-09-07). "Irreverent Bob Saget plays to full houses". Jewish News of Greater Phoenix Online. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  5. ^ "Student Academy Awards Winners" (PDF). 
  6. ^ "Bob Saget". Biography.com.
  7. ^ "Anytime with Bob Kushell feat. Bob Sagat". Anytime with Bob Kushell. Season 2. Episode 5. Hulu. 2009-04-14. http://www.hulu.com/watch/68152.
  8. ^ Snierson, Dan (September 16, 2008). "Bob Saget returns to 'America's Funniest Home Videos' for 20th anniversary celebration". Entertainment Weekly. 
  9. ^ "How I Met Your Mother (2005) - Full cast and crew". IMDB.
  10. ^ Photo Coverage: Bob Saget Receives Sardi's Portrait. BroadwayWorld.com. January 7, 2008.
  11. ^ "ABC Announces New Sitcom 'Surviving Suburbia'". ABC.com. Press Release. February 4, 2009.
  12. ^ "Bob Saget heading to Australia". Yahoo7 TV. November 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "Regina Hall Discusses Scleroderma". Ability Magazine ("Regina Hall Issue"). April–May 2010. 
  14. ^ "Bob Saget Interview with Regina Hall and Chet Cooper". Ability Magazine ("Bob Saget Issue"). April–May 2011. Retrieved 2012-09-23. 

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FirstHost of America's Funniest Home Videos
1989–1997
Succeeded by
Daisy Fuentes & John Fugelsang
Host of 1 vs. 100
2006–2008
Succeeded by
Carrie Ann Inaba