For eight wonderful, life lesson filled years, Bob Saget was Danny Tanner, sweater-clad and neat freak father to millions. Thanks to syndication, he still is to many today. Saget’s finely knitted facade begins to fray when you first hear his stand up routine; a complete 180 from wholesome dad to a crude, rude duuuuuuuuude.
Before finding success in show business, Saget’s dreams were lofty, but not as far-fetched as the Hollywood dream: he wanted to be a doctor. A pediatric surgeon to be precise. There was only one problem; Saget couldn’t cut it in the classroom.
“I really couldn’t take chemistry classes or math classes. I was so dumb,” he says.
“I did not do well in the science classes,” adds Saget, who was attending Temple University in Philadelphia. “I ended up going into the documentary film department and I made a movie called Through Adam’s Eyes about a kid who had his face reconstructed and it won the student Academy Award.”
Saget earned a trip out to Los Angeles where he would soon began working for free at The Comedy Store, a place where he would stay for ten years. Saget would be cast for the role of Danny Tanner in 1987, the producers’ first choice for the role.
Listen to Scott Shannon’s full interview with Bob Saget below.
Saget’s new book Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian will be available for purchase in paperback on October 28th. He will also be performing at The Borgata in Atlantic City on Saturday, October 25th and the St.George Theatre in Staten Island on Sunday, October 26th. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.
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