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Bob Saget talks ‘Full House,’ political correctness and more ahead of Westbury show

Bob Saget says he'll share some comedy road

Bob Saget says he'll share some comedy road stories in his stand-up act at NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Credit: Brian Friedman

Bob Saget is the cool father you don’t mind hanging with. He’s not quite as vanilla or corny as his character Danny Tanner from “Full House” and now its sitcom sequel “Fuller House.” Let’s just say in real life, he’s a dad with edge.

When he comes to NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Friday, Saget will let it all hang out, delivering a set with colorful language and no boundaries. (You’ve been warned.)

Saget talked to Newsday from the road about returning to his TV roots, the new direction of his stand-up show and being buds with co-stars John Stamos and Dave Coulier.

How does it feel to be Danny Tanner again this time on “Fuller House”?

Just when I thought I was out . . . they pulled me back in! [Laughs.] When I walked on the set, I got really emotional. I guess that’s how William Shatner felt when he walked on the bridge of the Enterprise when they filmed the first “Star Trek” movie. It was like, “Hello, we’re back!” There’s really a nostalgia to it. Danny Tanner really got into people’s lives in a personal way.

How is your character different this time around?

Well, I look different — I wear glasses and I’m a puffier guy. But, hey, I’m freakin’ 60! Overall, Danny has gotten grumblier. In one episode we did last season, he was having a real midlife crisis. It showed where he is now. But my question is . . . where’s his wife? He lost his wife on the first show [“Full House”]. That was sad, but he had the help of Joey [Dave Coulier] and Jesse [John Stamos]. In the second show, he has a wife in the first episode; now she’s gone. I don’t know . . . he might be a serial killer! I think he just wants Jesse and Joey. They are the loves of his life.

You reunited with John Stamos and Dave Coulier during a skit with Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” last year which drew more than 13 million views on YouTube. What’s your off-screen relationship with them like?

It’s been a journey with those guys. John and Dave literally are my brothers. It’s nice because I lost both my sisters, and my parents are gone. Dave is the funniest guy in the world to hang with. He’s like a frat boy. I met Dave when I was 21 and he was 18 in Detroit. We were 10 years in clubs together before “Full House.” Stamos and I weren’t exactly meshable at first. He was a teen idol and a TV veteran and I was an acerbic Jewish comedian from Philadelphia who was married with a kid. It took four years for us to become really close.

What kind of impact did turning 60 have on you?

“Fuller House” producer Jeff Franklin and John Stamos held a party for me. Then John goes on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and complains how expensive it was. After looking at the bill, he was like, “We’ve got to stop inviting people!” It was a cool night. Norman Lear was there as well as Marc Maron, Bill Burr, Jimmy Kimmel, Jeff Garlin, and The Beach Boys sang. It was incredibly meaningful. I even got to sing “Helter Skelter” and people were like, “Why is he doing this?”

What’s your current stand-up set like?

It’s really different. My act is completely new, and my sets are longer because I just love doing it. There are a lot of comedy road stories that weren’t in my book “Dirty Daddy.” It kind of changed the way I approach stand-up. I do some music. I come out and kind of go nuts. I talk about personal stuff. There’s some name-dropping, so there’s a tabloid element. I talk about mistakes I’ve made. There’s drug talk, pharmaceuticals you take when you are 60 — not recreational but necessary.

Has the PC movement affected your comedy?

When they tell me not to say something, I say it. That’s the problem. It’s an R-rated show, like “South Park.” But it’s not dirty — it’s funny and relatable. I just want to entertain and make people laugh.

Bob Saget

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m., Friday, NYCB Theatre at Westbury

INFO $39.50-$69.50; 800-745-3000,


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