Long gone are the days of Bob Saget playing it safe on sitcoms and boy oh boy are we grateful! We're pretty sure that Saget feels pretty grateful as well because he gets to speak his (dirty) mind and in turn, he's more popular than ever. Saget's newest Showtime special, "That's What I'm Talkin' About," comes out on DVD and CD (They still make CD's?) July 16th but lucky for you, you won't have to wait for Saget to spit his magic on the stand-up stage because he's hitting the Irvine Improv July 12th through 14th. Before he comes to Orange County, we had the chance to talk to Bob about his upcoming book, his buddy John Stamos, and his balls. Bob's balls of course. Not John's unfortunately.
OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): How was doing Bonnaroo for the first time?
Bob Saget: It was really quite amazing. It was in the air-conditioned comedy tent which looked like a circus tent. It is a circus tent. We did two shows and at the end of each show I sing a song called, "Danny Tanner is Not Gay" to the tune of the Backstreet Boys "I Want it That Way." Then John Stamos came out and the girls were screaming. He really is the best looking mannequin with a giant brain I've ever met. He is a fantastic guy and a great friend. I can't say enough about him because he makes me.
Seriously. Stamos ages like a fine wine. It's kind of ridiculous. Does he also make you eat Oikos Greek Yogurt?
I'll eat it, it's a good product. Yogurt isn't bad for you. It's real good if you have a yeast infection. I told him for all of the women he's probably given yeast infections to, he should give them a free case of yogurt.
What a sweet gesture. Do you ever feel like you are maturing backwards?
[Laughs.] That's funny. No, I do think it's evolving. My newest material is probably more irreverent, it's dirty, but it's not as silly. It's not like, here is a penis joke and here is a derivation of it. I do immaturity but I don't know. I just don't think on a date you want to talk about religion or politics and I fulfill that with my audience. I look at them as a date that I'm not going to botch up. But you can really botch up a date if you decide to talk about diarrhea. [Laughs.]
I'd rather talk about diarrhea than religion anyway.
You just don't want to upset someone with their religious beliefs especially if you are doing something timely. Like in a book it's different because by the time it comes out, it's history. But, you can pay homage to your diarrhea by taking Imodium halfway through the book and by the end of the book, you can be completely scot-free of diarrhea.
Noted. Speaking of books, I hear you are writing one. Do you talk about your balls and animal diddling in it?
No, my testicles were heated up a little by the laptop itself and I talk about things jokingly. It's coming out in the beginning of next year and it's about death and comedy and how they intersect which is definitely what happens. It's a lot of work and I've been delinquent on getting it done but, it's good. It's more of a public service announcement of do NOT have sex with animals. So it's for that twenty-year-old who takes the subway or an airplane and has never read a book in his life but because for some reason they have an affinity for me, they're going to hopefully learn that just because an armadillo is on the side of the road and it's been wounded, there is no reason to have your way with it. I'm just trying to help the youth.
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Do you think anyone in Irvine thinks they're going to see Danny Tanner or do you think they know about your helpful "PSA's" at this point?
[Laughs.] Irvine is a great club, I'm actually going to stay over I think. Not at the club but nearby. After twenty-five years if people still think that a person is that character, it makes sense. I guess if people really do believe that the people they saw on TV are their characters and that is how they are, well then they have mental problems. [Laughs.] You do know that Hannibal Lector doesn't eat people.
Bob Saget performs at the Irvine Improv on July 12th-14th, 71 Fortune Drive Irvine, CA 92618, (949) 854-5455. For tickets go to www.Improv.com. For more info, check out his website www.BobSaget.com and follow him on Twitter: @BobSaget.