The marquee says Dave Coulier, but you might know him better as Joey Gladstone from his eight seasons on ABC's "Full House" (1987-95). From his signature cartoon voices to his uncanny impressions, he's often labeled a goofball, but that's just the way he likes it.
Coulier brings his special brand of clean stand-up comedy to Governor's in Levittown Friday, where that ol' Uncle Joey charm will come shining through.
You recently reunited with your "Full House" co-stars Bob Saget and John Stamos on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" as well as for the current Dannon Oikos yogurt campaign. How would you describe your chemistry?
These guys are like brothers to me. We talk all the time and really care about each other like family members. To be able to re-create what we did so many years ago proves that our Three Stooges energy still exists.
Does it surprise you the way "Full House" has stood the test of time?
It has become this cross-generational show. There's something in the Kool-Aid and we have no idea what it is. I think it brings people back to a simpler time in their life. TV has this cynical edge to it now where the parents are stupid and the kids are smart. Plus, everything has to be so hip these days.
Do you feel like you are forever going to be Joey Gladstone?
Yeah, and I don't have a problem with that. When you are a comedian starting out, you pray for a "Full House." I would never turn around and stomp on it. People who come to see me perform live are huge "Full House" fans. They are just family people who want to laugh.
Speaking of family, you work as a clean comic. Did you decide that early on?
I never had an edginess to my comedy. I've always described myself as a glorified birthday clown. Jay Leno once said to me, "If you work clean, you can work anywhere." It was one of the smartest things anybody has ever said to me, and I'll never forget it. I thought there has to be a market for people who want to laugh without the f-bomb aftertaste.
How did your talent for doing voices come about?
I have a very funny family. They were always imitating each other. I really learned how to do voices from my brother Dan. We used to lie in our bunk beds imitating family members or people in our neighborhood. I loved Saturday morning cartoons so I started mimicking them. By the time I got to high school, I started doing impressions of my teachers and my hockey coach.
You have worked extensively in the cartoon voice-over world. Is that a dream come true for you?
It's an immature playground and I love it. I got to work with Mel Blanc on "The Jetsons." He was my idol. I was sitting in the same room as Yosemite Sam, Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn, Speedy Gonzales and Tweety Bird recording a show. That was a big moment for me.
What was the moment in your youth where you knew you wanted to perform?
Mark Cendrowski, who directs the "Big Bang Theory," and I have been best friends since we were 8 years old. We were always writing funny cartoons and songs. Everybody would shake their heads and say, "You guys are idiots!" When we were in eighth grade, Mark's dad gave us an 8mm movie camera and we started making movies. I was really lucky to have a partner-in-crime like that. I was always the actor and he was the director. We both just pursued something we really loved as children.
Is there any truth to the rumor that you are the inspiration for Alanis Morrisette's song "You Oughta Know"?
It's amazing how that has become this urban legend. I dated Alanis back in 1992 for a little over a year and a half. It was a long distance relationship -- I was in Los Angeles and she was Ottawa, Canada. We broke up and it was bittersweet. She's a fun, pretty, sweet human being to be around. We've remained friends.
You always seem upbeat and lighthearted. Where does that outlook come from?
My mom was a happy person with a lot of vitality and energy. She lit up a room. Maybe I got a bit of that.
What future project would you like to take on?
I've been trying to do a Vegas show with John Stamos and Bob Saget. John could host, I'd open and Bob would do stand-up. Then we could play music together, sit in director's chairs and take questions from the crowd. It would be like a Frank, Dean and Sammy thing.
WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8 & 10:30 p.m., Governor's, 90 Division Ave. in Levittown
INFO $28-$58, 18 & over, 516-731-3358, govs.com.