Saget still popular with new tour, film

Dave Bolger

Comedian Bob Saget enjoys the success of his role in “Full House” as he travels on his latest comedy tour, hitting Cleveland on Saturday. PHOTO COURTESY OF PERSONAL PUBLICITY

Credit: Jason Hall

You think you know, but you have no idea.

Bob Saget is best-known for his role as Danny Tanner on the long-running, even legendary, sitcom “Full House,” in which his wholesome, father-figure character concentrated on keeping a clean house and making sure his three young daughters were happy, healthy and staying out of trouble. Saget’s clean-cut, family-friendly presence both on “Full House” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” has made him a standard pop culture icon.

Now, Saget is back on the stand-up comedy circuit with a successful nationwide tour and a highly anticipated upcoming DVD, The Farce of the Penguins.

If you think you know Saget, take a closer look. The wholesomeness of his TV characters is perfectly juxtaposed to his shocking stage presence.

“I work really hard not to upset people,” Saget said about his stand-up material. “If I see a 10-year-old little boy in the front row with his mom, I can’t stand there and talk for two hours about my penis – that sort of thing would hurt the child; my penis would hurt the child; and the mom might get upset . I like entertaining everyone in the family.”

After the sitcoms were over, Saget took on a few cameos; most memorable was his brief appearance in Half Baked. Since then, Saget has been busy with his involvement in the game show “1 vs. 100,” “How I met your Mother,” and the HBO hit “Entourage.” Saget will also be appearing in an upcoming episode of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.”

“I’m just really lucky,” Saget said about his commercial success. “People are all really kind no matter where I go. There always seems to be such a great sort of energy.”

Audiences may be used to seeing Saget in front of the camera, but he is also an accomplished behind-the-scenes hand.

His latest venture, the mockumentary Farce of the Penguins, was written and directed by Saget, who assembled an star-studded voice-over cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Dane Cook, Lewis Black and Whoopi Goldberg, just to name a few.

“The DVD has a lot of great extras,” Saget said. “There’s one where I say that I’m getting ready to wash out the penguin’s butt so that he’s ready for his close-up.”

Contact ALL correspondent Dave Bolger at [email protected].

Bob Saget

Where? Ohio Theatre

When? Saturday, 8 p.m.

How much? $30-35.50