In his new show, “Strange Days With Bob Saget,” the raunchy comedian sets out on six odd adventures, immersing himself in some everyday situations and some fringe endeavors.
He pledges a frat at Cornell (keep in mind he’s 54), goes to summer camp (again, 54), goes searching for Bigfoot, rides with bikers, tries out pro wrestling and spends a lost weekend in Las Vegas.
But when asked to reveal the strangest thing that had happened to him in his real life, he was stumped.
“I guess the story for you is he couldn’t think of anything strange for you because it’s all so strange,” Saget said. “I expect strangeness at every juncture. I’m excited to do something that I like talking about. That’s the strangest part, I’m really enjoying it.”
amNewYork spoke with Saget about the show.
I really enjoyed the show.
That means a lot to me.
And I’m not just saying that.
I’ve been hearing that a little bit. I’m starting to do press stuff and I’m really jazzed because I haven’t really heard it that much in my career. I haven’t had somebody go, “I really like what you did.”
So how did the show come about?
My roots were documentary. … I used to like when someone really goes and embellishes themselves. And I’m not an educated guy … [but] I have really decent people instincts, so we wanted to go see what it would be like to be with cultures that … I was fearful of in the past. I never went to camp when I was a kid, I definitely never went out with a motorcycle club. … It was just this jazzy thing that we started to get into.
Does it take long for people to get past the celebrity wow factor?
It happens really fast. It really has to. I’ve heard this from people that are well known, it’s the vibe you put out. If you want to be seen in public, oh, you’ll be seen in public. If you want to not be seen in public, you don’t have to be. Be a human being and be a person.
That was you singing the theme, right?
Sang it in the shower. And that was it. It seemed like it was a good idea at the time. Everyone cracked it.
What was your strangest day on the show?
The Bigfoot thing. For the first few days, I believed Bigfoot really existed. ... I’m not the most normal person to be around, but I’m earnest. I was into it, tremendously. And my opinion started to change as I was out there. I guess we frightened him off, I don’t know. But it’s very creepy to be in the woods at 2 in the morning with a bunch of people that you don’t know.
On TV: “Strange Days With Bob Saget” premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. on A&E.