Bob Saget

Full House and America’s Funniest Home Video couldn’t change this dirty dad

Want to know why Full House and America’s Funniest Home Videos are still funny? Ask Bob Saget (and give yourself 45 minutes for an answer). The comedian — who will always be Danny Tanner to anyone born before the ‘90s — still likes to talk about his sitcom days onstage. “I definitely address it, because it’s funny to me,” Saget says, explaining that it’s weird for people to see him only as a person he played on TV. He says he still gets the same kind of comments on the street, and to answer your question: “Yeah, I have used a DustBuster; I know what they do.” But even his daughter makes fun of him. “Her laptop was disgusting; it was covered in God-knows-what. She said, ‘What should I do?’ I said, ‘Well, you could take Purell, I guess, and clean it off with a paper towel or something,’ and she goes, ‘What are you? Danny Tanner?’”

Of course, his bits on playing a wholesome dad for nearly a decade are a great juxtaposition with his other material, which is often shocking and irreverent. When he goes down a list of every bad word and sexually graphic scenario in the book, he gets the expected “can you believe the dad from Full House said that?” reaction. But this pervy personality wasn’t born post-TV. Saget started stand-up well before his acting career, and his jokes were just as naughty then as they are now. “One of my first jokes ever was, ‘I have the brain of a German shepherd and the body of a 16-year-old boy, and they’re both in my car, and I want you to see them,’” he says.

Saget’s act also includes some musical numbers. His biggest hit is a country number titled “My Dog Licked My Balls.” But Saget says he’s not as bad as he sounds. “I’m really there to just have a huge amount of fun being the nine-year-old kid that learned all the bad words,” he says. Oh, and he wants to reassure fans that his relationship with his canine is strictly platonic. 8 p.m. Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas. For tickets and information, call 713-230-1600 or visit www.verizonwirelesstheater.com. $34.50 to $36.50.
Sat., June 28, 8 p.m., 2008

 
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