As Danny Tanner on the ABC sitcom “Full House,” comedian Bob Saget spent eight years as the quintessential all-American dad. He was even more squeaky-clean as host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”
In reality, Saget – who performs four intimate sets at The Comedy Zone Friday and Saturday – is partial to adult comedy. The 56-year-old spoke to the Observer recently about returning to clubs, his upcoming special and cuddling with Uncle Jesse.
Q. What brings you back to clubs?
I just did a new special, so I need to play and come up with more material, and the way to do that is to go into clubs. I haven’t been (to Charlotte) for a billion years – 20 or 25 years. I don’t think I had a TV show. Comedy Zone was a different club in a different place. I have a lot of friends and family in Charlotte that I have to see. It’s a conundrum because I don’t have a lot of hangout time.
Q. Are people still taken aback that your comedy is kind of dirty?
I went back and watched my last special. I was surprised how dirty I was. … I did an HBO special when I was doing “Full House.” If you have the sound off, I look like a friendly guy next door. … It’s a real special thing to come out and the audience knows your kind of humor. There’s no shock value. It’s not “Here’s another story about ‘Full House.’ ” Although I have those.
Q. Who do you think is funny now?
Stephen Colbert. Jon Stewart. Bill Maher. Anybody that can be so relevant and right there. I love being able to make humor out of stuff that is so ludicrous. … Louis C.K.’s show, “Eastbound and Down,” and “Saturday Night Live.” The cast is just great. (“SNL’s”) Bobby Moynihan did the bit where he was on a spaceship where he had a kitty cat. It was hilarious, off-kilter.
Q. You co-starred in the comedy skit “John Stamos’ Guide to Cuddling” (for www.collegehumor.com), where you were the person being cuddled by him. How did you keep it together?
I didn’t want to do it. The outtake reel was just me walking away from him telling him how bad his breath smelled. … The butterfly eye kiss was the hardest part. The key is leave your glasses on. And I was fully clothed. Stamos kept saying, “Wear boxers and a tank top like me.”
Q. You’re still close, I take it.
I’m close with everybody. I see Mary-Kate (Olson, aka Michelle) when I go to New York. I’m close with Dave and John. … I keep up with Candace (Cameron Bure, aka D.J.) and Jodie (Sweeten, aka Stephanie) and Andrea Barber (aka Kimmy).
Q. What can we expect from your new special?
It’ll air on an R-rated cable network. You shouldn’t hear too many familiar things except that song about my dog, which you can’t print in the paper.