Bob Saget Is Getting Personal (With a Little Help From Norman Lear)

Bob Saget Is Getting Personal (With a Little Help From Norman Lear)

Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 7:02 a.m.


Pals pay tribute to Saget on Friday night.

Brian Friedman

As a kid, Bob Saget snuck into a taping of Norman Lear’s All in the Family. “It was live theater done to perfection,” Saget reminisces. These days the former Full House and America’s Funniest Home Videos star counts the 94-year-old writer-producer among his friends, jamming on guitar at Lear’s home with the likes of saxophonist Dave Koz and trumpeter Rick Braun during small wine and cigar gatherings.  

Attending May 12’s Grammy Museum awarding of the 2017 Woody Guthrie Prize to Lear got Saget contemplating his own résumé. Stealing scenes in Entourage and NSFW joke documentary The Aristocrats corrected his previously saccharine image. He’d been honored with 2008’s Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget. His 2014 memoir, Dirty Daddy, was a best-seller.

On June 16, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel hosts a Cool Comedy Hot Cuisine tribute to Saget, benefiting the Scleroderma Research Foundation, Saget’s personal cause since the death of his sister in 1994. Pals paying tribute this time around include Jimmy Kimmel, Ray Romano, Zach Galifianakis and John Stamos.

Saget recently filmed third-season episodes of Netflix reboot Fuller House and taped a new stand-up special in Brooklyn. He says 2016’s election season propelled him into a year of road gigs, some lasting up to two hours.

Where 2007’s That Ain’t Right and 2013’s Grammy-nominated That’s What I’m Talking About kept things light, at age 61 Saget’s material has evolved to become…

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