Robert "Bob" Lane Saget (born May 17, 1956) is an American stand-up comedian, television host, actor, and filmmaker. Although he is best known for his past roles in the family-oriented shows Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos, Saget is known outside of television for his remarkably blue stand-up routine. He was also the host of the NBC game show 1 vs. 100.
Early life and career
Saget was born in Philadelphia
and moved to Lexington
, when he was 2-years-old. His father, Benjamin, was a supermarket executive and his mother, Rosalyn, was a hospital administrator. He attended Rockbridge County High School
before moving back to Philadelphia and graduating from Abington Senior High School
. Saget originally intended to become a doctor, but his Honors English teacher, Elaine Zimmerman, saw his creative potential and urged him to seek a career in films.
He enrolled at Temple University's film school, where he made a student film, Through Adam's Eyes, a black-and-white film about a boy who received reconstructive facial surgery. In 1978, the film was honored with an award of merit in the Student Academy Awards. Saget enrolled in graduate school at the University of Southern California but quit a few days later. Saget describes himself at the time in an article by Glenn Esterly in the, Saturday Evening Post, "I was a cocky, overweight twenty-two-year-old. Then I had a gangrenous appendix taken out, almost died, and I got over being cocky or overweight."
Saget started doing stand-up comedy and did a number of national tours. Later, in 1987, Saget became the co-host of, The Morning Program, an attempt by CBS to take a different direction with morning television, where he also wrote and produced content for the show. However, Saget left the show after only six months due to low ratings, with both Saget and producers feeling he was not meant for morning TV.
Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos
Soon after, Saget was cast as Danny Tanner
in Full House
, which became a huge success through family viewers and landed in the Nielsen Ratings
's Top 30 from the third season onward. In 1989, Saget was cast as the host of America's Funniest Home Videos
, which also became a smash hit. From 1989–1995, Saget was quite busy with his career, doing both Full House
simultaneously. In 1995, Full House
ended its run after eight years (due to increasing production costs), and Saget continued to host AFV
, despite his desire to pursue other works. In 1997, his contract finally expired, and he left the show. His former Full House
cast, except for the Olsen twins
, were present at his last episode.
Saget is currently host of NBC's game show 1 vs. 100
, which debuted October 13, 2006, and the uncredited narrator of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother
, that premiered on September 19, 2005.
His HBO comedy special, That Ain't Right, came out on DVD on August 28, 2007. It is dedicated to his father, Ben Saget, who passed away on January 30, 2007 due to complications from congestive heart failure. He was 89.
Saget appeared in the Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone for a limited four-month engagement. He played "Man in Chair", while Jonathon Crombie, who normally played the character on Broadway, was with the national tour of the musical. On January 4, 2008 Saget's caricature was unveiled at Sardi's Restaurant.
On August 17, 2008, Saget was roasted by Comedy Central in a special titled The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget.
Saget directed the 1996 ABC television movie
, For Hope
, which was inspired by the life story of his sister, Gay Saget, who died from scleroderma
three years earlier. Saget is currently a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation
In 2006, Jamie Kennedy released a rap song and music video entitled Rollin' With Saget which featured Saget.
Saget wrote, directed, and stars in Farce of the Penguins, a parody of 2005's March of the Penguins, that was released direct-to-DVD in January 2007.
Saget married Sherry Kramer in 1982 and with her had three daughters--Aubrey, Lara, and Jenny. In 1997, though, Bob and Sherry divorced.
Filmography and TV appearances