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Bob Saget’s jokes about medicine, intercourse and demise had been rooted in tragedy

In the late Eighties, comic Bob Saget turned a family identify on the sitcom “Full House” enjoying Danny Tanner, an earnest widowed father of three. That persona adopted him as he additionally took the helm of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” during which his family-friendly commentary made us assume butter wouldn’t soften in his mouth.

But in actual life, Saget — who was discovered useless in an Orlando lodge room on Sunday on the age of 65 — was recognized in showbiz circles and by comedy followers for his raunchy act and bawdy humorousness. The beloved actor as soon as did “whippits” — hits of nitrous oxide — on the set of “Full House,” admitted he was “a flirter” with different girls within the ultimate years of his first marriage and copped to drunken driving within the aftermath of his divorce.

Friends keep in mind the late Bob Saget as a dirty comedian, an exquisite pal and a faithful father.
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“I saw Bob on HBO’s Rodney Dangerfield special 30 years ago,” “Entourage” creator Doug Ellin informed The Post. “He was this comedian that was type of soiled, after which he did ‘Full House.’ “

"Full House" star Bob Saget poses with his television daughters.
“Full House” star Bob Saget poses together with his tv daughters.
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Around 2004, earlier than he even met Saget, Ellin scripted a hyperbolic model of the comedian as a washed-up, hooker-loving womanizer residing in a one-bedroom condominium for his HBO hit.

“We had lunch and he stated, ‘I’ll do something you say aside from play broke. Hookers or medicine? Yeah, that’s tremendous. But I don’t need to be broke.’

“There was no sensitivity to anything else, but being successful was important to him,” stated Ellin, who known as Saget “gracious, sweet and incredibly smart.”

The function on “Entourage” — and his 2005 flip within the filthy comedy documentary “The Aristocrats” — took a jackhammer to his tacky sitcom dad picture, each surprising and endearing followers, particularly a youthful viewers.

Bob Saget playing a version of himself on Season 2, Episode 5 of Entourage.
Saget performed a hyperbolic model of himself for the HBO present “Entourage” throughout its second season. Doug Ellin, the present’s creator, informed The Post that Saget was “gracious, sweet and incredibly smart.”

“I remember when ‘The Aristocrats’ came out — people couldn’t believe Bob Saget was talking that way,” his pal and fellow comic Gilbert Gottfried informed The Post. “But for the people who knew him, you can’t believe he talked any other way.”

In his 2014 memoir “Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian,” he wrote of his frustration of being typecast and requested mentor Dangerfield for recommendation.

“I told him I was sick of only doing ‘family stuff’ and wanted to move into edgier comedy but I was concerned it was too late because people have a way of branding you with what they perceive you to be,” he wrote.

In 1998, whereas selling the film “Dirty Work,” which he directed, Saget informed Howard Stern how he shocked reside audiences whereas doing stand-up.

“I’m like filthy proper now … All I need to do is curse and fall down, as a result of I’ve been on 8 o’clock tv so lengthy. It’s like comedy Tourette’s. That’s what I’m like although. I used to be even filthy whereas I might do the exhibits [‘Full House’ and ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’]. I might get onstage and curse and stuff and other people’s hair would, like, burn. ‘Children of the Corn,’ their eyes would roll again. ‘It’s Michelle’s Daddy, no!’ “

Saget's 2014 memoir dove into his family tragedies, career, and dirty comedy.
Saget’s 2014 memoir dove into his household tragedies, profession and soiled comedy.

‘I guess we got high’

Born in Philadelphia, Saget moved to Norfolk, Virginia, then to Encino, California, and again to a Philly suburb the place he graduated highschool. He wrote how he deliberate to turn into a health care provider. But his instructor, Mrs. Zimmerman, intervened, telling him, “Do not become a doctor. You need to make movies and perform and write. You need to make people laugh.” He modified his main at Temple University to documentary filmmaking after which hit the comedy circuit.

In his ebook, he recalled one in all his earliest jokes, which showcased his penchant for blue humor: “My mother never let me go to camp as a little kid because she thought I’d get embarrassed undressing in front of little boys. But I kind of like it now … That’s not true. I like it a lot. That’s not true, I’m not a senator.”

In 1987, he landed his large break on “Full House” enjoying alongside buddies John Stamos and Dave Coulier, whose spectacular flatulence Saget commonly referenced in his memoir.

Behind the scenes, the trio was at all times cracking raunchy, juvenile jokes and even raided the prop closet to do whippits whereas the crew filmed scenes for the celebration of Michelle Tanner (performed by the Olsen twins).

“I grabbed Dave and John and we went into the prop room backstage and locked the door … I swung open the refrigerator, and behold! Six cans of whipped cream. Reddi-wip. Nitrous oxide is dangerous. Can cause brain damage … Dave and John followed my lead and we inhaled the little bit of air still left in the cans that were meant for Michelle’s birthday cake scene. I guess we got high, don’t think so though. It was hard to tell, ’cause we were in a hurry and whipped cream started squirting everywhere.”

But Saget wasn’t actually one for getting excessive. He admitted to making an attempt cocaine, however wrote, “I’m anti-drugs, except the ones I take for cholesterol, anxiety, a sleep disorder and tranquilizing animals.”

Actor Bob Saget and wife Sherri Kramer attending the premiere of 'Silence of the Lambs' on February 1, 1991 at the Cineplex Odeon Cinema in Century City, California.
Saget and his first spouse Sherri Kramer attending the premiere of “The Silence of the Lambs” on Feb. 1, 1991, in Century City, California. They have three daughters collectively.
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Saget and his wife Kelly Rizzo
Saget married his second spouse, Kelly Rizzo, in 2018.
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In 1982, he married high-school sweetheart Sherri Kramer and had three daughters, Jennifer, Aubrey and Lara. But the pair divorced in 1997, and he informed Stern, “We weren’t happy together.” He added: “The last couple years of our marriage I was more of a flirter than I’d ever been in my life … it wasn’t about me being famous, it was about me being an idiot.”

He admitted to Stern that he dated girls as younger as their 20s, and in 2018, he married TV host Kelly Rizzo, 23 years his junior.

But for a few years, he leaned into the bachelor life and engaged in dangerous conduct by ingesting and driving.

“I was a fool. One of those idiots who brags to people while intoxicated, that he can drive better than he’s drunk,” he wrote. “I repeatedly committed a sin against humanity: drinking and driving … I was divorced, dumb, sometimes drunk and the luckiest a–hole in the world for not doing anything that wound up hurting anyone.”

In 2003, he blacked out whereas driving and rolled up on the curb. But he give up ingesting and driving chilly turkey after a cop pulled him over for dashing on the Pacific Coast Highway, a visit he was making to retrieve his youngest daughter’s stuffed bunny she left behind at Kramer’s residence. The cop let him off with a warning.

“To this day, I’m appreciative of his compassion.”

Beset by household tragedy

Compassion was a advantage that additionally helped outline Saget, whose household hardships and tragedies additionally influenced his work.

At 21, he received a Student Academy Award for a black-and-white brief, “Through Adam’s Eyes,” which adopted his 7-year-old nephew’s facial reconstruction surgical procedure.

He misplaced his sister Andi at age 34 to a mind aneurysm. In 1994, sister Gay died, at age 44, from scleroderma, a uncommon illness that leads to the hardening of physique tissue.

Two years later, he directed a tv film on ABC known as “For Hope” a few girl stricken with the then-largely unknown illness within the prime of her life. It was loosely primarily based on his household’s expertise and helped increase consciousness for the harmful situation.

Bob Saget with his parents, Rosalyn "Dolly" and Benjamin Saget
Bob Saget together with his dad and mom, Rosalyn “Dolly” and Benjamin Saget.

He was on the board of administrators on the Scleroderma Research Foundation and threw occasions that drew A-listers like Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Jimmy Fallon.

“That charity meant so much to him, and it was a beautiful event every year,” stated Ellin, whom Saget roasted for his forty fifth birthday.

Saget additionally wrote that dropping sisters and a number of other uncles — he informed Stern that three of his uncles died of coronary heart assaults earlier than the age of 40 — made him “obsessed with death” at a younger age.

“As you now know, many of my relatives died young,” he wrote, including, “I never pictured myself making it past my fifties.”

“I know he was 65, but he just seemed so young,” stated Ellin.

And although he shed a lot of his Danny Tanner-isms, he reprised his function within the 2016 Netflix reboot, “Fuller House.”

And by all accounts, he was dedicated to each his tv and real-life daughters.

Saget remained close with his co-stars, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, of whom he was said to be protective
Saget remained shut together with his co-stars, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, of whom he was stated to be protecting.
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“He had a very good relationship with his daughters,” stated Gottfried, including that he was additionally protecting of the Olsen twins.

TV author Alan Zweibel first met Saget in 1986 whereas engaged on “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” noting he was “very sensitive” and “ended every conversation with ‘I love you.’ ”

“Saget loved his role on ‘Full House.’ He loved every second of it — because he got to be a dad,” Zweibel informed The Post. “His e-mail address was bobbydaddy.”

At the time of his demise, Saget was doing a 22-city comedy tour.

A devastated Gottfried spoke to his pal only a week in the past.

“He actually appeared completely satisfied. He was completely satisfied about going out on the street extra and having a direct reference to the viewers. He was pleased with how the earlier present went. We stated, ‘I love you.’ “

Saget hosted "America's Funniest Home Videos" and is seen above in an episode from 1990.
Saget hosted “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and is seen above in an episode from 1990.
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