Dark Comedy from America’s Sitcom Dad: Bob Saget Plays Mayo PAC February 2


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From Mayo Performing Arts Center:

Bob Saget may have starred in two of the most family-friendly shows in TV history, but he’s also known as an out-of-his-mind stand-up whose adult brand of comedy embraces his dark side.

Yes, Bob Saget has starred in many successful television shows, including two of the most family-friendly shows network TV has ever produced (“Full House” and “Americas Funniest Home Videos”) but he’s also an out of his mind, Grammy-nominated standup comedian for over thirty years. From his HBO special “That Ain’t Right” to his scene-stealing cameos in “Entourage,” and “The Aristocrats,” it’s always effective as Saget embraces his dark side.

From directing MGM’s cult favorite feature film “Dirty Work,” to directing and producing the highly acclaimed ABC television movie, “For Hope,” to starring in the critically acclaimed, Paul Weitz off-Broadway play, “Privilege, to starring on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning “The Drowsy Chaperone,” Bob Saget shows no signs of stopping.  Ever.

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In 2007 came the hugely successful DVD release of “Farce of the Penguins,” an R-rated comedy/documentary/love story, that he voiced-over, wrote, directed, and produced, with producer David Permut.  And then came the hit NBC quiz show “1 VS 100,” where Bob ad-libbed his way through the one-hour prime time format.  In 2008, “The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget” premiered to the second highest ratings of all TV that night, second only to the Olympics.  And in 2009 Bob’s sitcom, “Surviving Suburbia” aired on ABC.

For many years now, Bob has been a proud board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation. He co-produces and hosts “Cool Comedy Hot Cuisine” fundraising events in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas and San Francisco.  To date, they have raised over 40 million dollars for the SRF.

Bob was seen several times reprising the role of “Himself” on HBO’s hit series “Entourage” as well as a cameo in the film.  He also starred in his own documentary comedy series for A&E titled, “Strange Days with Bob Saget,” an exploration of unusual subcultures in America.

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His 2013 one-hour stand-up special, “That’s What I’m Talkin’ About,” was nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.  The special was filmed at The Moore Theatre in Seattle, premiered on Showtime in May 2013 and is now available as a CD, DVD and download, and on Netflix.

Bob’s first book is a New York Times Best Seller – DIRTY DADDY: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian was released on April 8, 2014 to critical acclaim with Vanity Fair calling it, “Hilarious and at times heartbreaking.”  The book is also available as an audio book, recorded by Bob himself.

Bob Saget as Danny Tanner in “Full House” (via Facebook/Full House)

In January 2016, Bob finished a very fulfilling and successful 9-week run on Broadway in the Tony-nominated play, “Hand To God,” playing the part of a Lutheran minister, Pastor Greg.  That year he also co-starred in the film, “A Stand Up Guy” and was seen in the first and second seasons of the hit Netflix series, “Fuller House.”  Season 3 of “Fuller House” will premiere on September 22, 2017 and Bob is having a great deal of fun with his TV family.

He just completed shooting the independent film, “Benjamin,” which he directed and stars in with an amazing ensemble cast. In this original dark comedy, Ed (Bob Saget), reluctantly calls together an oddball assortment of friends and family to intervene on the supposed drug habit of his 15-year-old son, Benjamin (Max Burkholder). What quickly follows is a night of finger-pointing, petty thievery, adulterous backstabbing, and a seesaw of crooked emotional revelations — all leading to the misguided but sincere attempt to heal this dysfunctional family. In addition, Bob recently shot his new hour-long stand-up special in Brooklyn, “Zero To Sixty.”

The evening is for mature audiences only.

Bob Saget performs at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown on Friday, February 2 at 8:00 p.m. Visit the MPAC website for tickets and information.