Saget, to many, is Danny Tanner, the boyishly handsome patriarch
of Full House. To others, his mug (and voice-over)
is synonymous with dancing animals, maim-worthy water-skiing
accidents, and nut shots upon nut shots, from his eight
seasons hosting ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos.
But as anyone who’s seen Saget’s funny/filthy cameo appearances
in The Aristocrats or Half Baked already knows,
Bob Saget has a blue streak a mile long. It doesn’t show
at first—on the phone, Saget sounds as polite and mild-mannered
as Danny Tanner. That is, until he mentions the computer-enhanced
genitalia belonging to one of the penguin stars of his upcoming
Saget is in Los Angeles, working 19-hour days as the writer,
director, and producer of Farce of the Penguins,
a film he hopes will be released in May; he’s taking time
out for some stand-up gigs, like Saturday’s appearance at
Skidmore College. “I saw March of the Penguins, and
thought it was funny,” he deadpans. “They walk like my grandparents.
They look like my grandparents. And I just started doing
what I do . . . like that video thing, and kinda dubbed
Producer David Permut was keen on the idea of replacing
Morgan Freeman’s narration from the popular penguin pic
with Saget’s warped new dialogue. Convincing the makers
of a major international motion picture to allow their work
be, well, defiled proved to be a bit of a snare, so the
team opted to collect stock footage—“we’re not gonna go
film penguins”—and cut together a film.
just like the original movie, but it’s more of a story because
it’s a love story.” He pauses, then adds, “And it’s R-rated.
[There’s] a lot of cursing in it. Language, and penguin
sex. A lot of penguin sex.”
comes a long eight years after Saget’s debut as a feature-film
director. 1998’s Dirty Work had the unfortunate circumstance
of being released four months before There’s Something
About Mary made the R-rated comedy bankable again. (The
film’s raunchiest moments were excised to achieve a PG-13
rating.) The film flopped, although its failure could be
attributed to the fact that neither Norm MacDonald nor Artie
Lange is nearly as hot as Cameron Diaz. (Or Ben Stiller,
for that matter.)
has always been my first love, but when Dirty Work
didn’t perform, it was hard to get another directing gig,”
he says, matter-of-factly. “That’s the nature of show business.”
But when it rains, it pours, and Saget’s schedule today
is busier than ever. Beside Penguins, he’s writing
a sitcom for HBO, in which he will star as a divorced dermatologist
(the role originally was written as a gynecologist—“even
for me, too misogynistic . . . because you do want women
viewers”) trying to raise a 13-year-old son. And this week
he’s scheduled to shoot a music video for “Rollin’ With
Saget,” a song by comedian Jamie Kennedy’s rap-rock band
the Stone Movement that calls Saget “the illest motherfucker
in a cardigan sweater” while Saget himself talk-raps about
the size and virility of his manhood.
crazy,” laughs Saget self-effacingly.
So with all that’s going on, how does he find time for a
stand-up engagement at a college nearly 3,000 miles away?
up to me is the root. I’m doing stand-up because I just
love it. You have an hour. You create it yourself. You produce,
you write, and you star in it. That’s what it is if you’re
doing it right. . . . The college people are the people
I love doing it for the most. The 18-to-22 audience is my
favorite audience. They just get me. I guess that’s just
the level of my mentality—which I think is a compliment.”
Bob Saget will perform at Skidmore College’s Sports and
Recreation Center (580 Broadway, Saratoga Springs) this
Saturday (March 4) at 8 PM. Tickets are $15, and will be
sold only to those age 17 and over. (They are quite serious
about this.) For tickets or more information, call 580-5298.
years, some historians tended to overstate the importance
of Benny Goodman’s 1938 concert at Carnegie Hall, which
only served to obscure how genuinely important it was.
Carnegie Hall was not as ecumenical in its musical offerings
in 1938 as it is today. Goodman booking an all-star (and
racially integrated) jazz concert with the players from
his various ensembles (Harry James, Lionel Hampton, Gene
Krupa, Jess Stacy) and guest soloists from the Ellington
and Basie bands was not well received in all quarters. “Swing
is dance music,” huffed the Establishment, totally missing
one of the 20th century’s salient points: Dance music is
often serious mu sic, too. And Good man’s crew brought the
(Thursday) at Proctor’s, clarinet ace Ken Peplowski (pictured)
will lead the all-star Kingdom of Swing band in a re-creation
of the Goodman show. And it could turn out to be a real
blast, with such swing standards as “Don’t Be that Way,”
“One O’Clock Jump,” “Stompin’ at the Savoy” and the epic
“Sing! Sing! Sing”/“Christopher Columbus” jam.
Sing! Sing! Sing! will be presented tonight (Thursday, March
2) at 8 PM at Proctor’s Theatre (432 State St., Schenectady).
Tickets are $34.75 to $19.75. For reservations and information,
call the Proctor’s box office at 346-6204.
Over the President’s Shoulder
was,” Alonzo Fields once said, “like being in the front
row and watching the passing parade of history.”
For a little more than two decades, Fields—a one-time aspiring
classical singer—worked as a White House servant, eventually
becoming the first African-American chief butler in the
presidential mansion’s history. From Herbert Hoover to Harry
Truman, Fields saw (and served) the famous and infamous
of the 20th century, from Winston Churchill to Errol Flynn,
and Marian Anderson to the king of England.
this compelling life story, James Still wrote Looking
Over the President’s Shoulder, which opens today (Thursday)
at Capital Repertory Theatre.
Over the President’s Shoulder will be presented at Capital
Repertory Theatre (111 N. Pearl St., Albany) beginning today
(Thursday, March 2) with a 7:30 PM pay-what-you-will performance.
(The box office opens at 6 PM.) Previews continue Saturday
through Tuesday (March 3-7), with the official opening night
at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, March 8. The play will run through
March 26. Regular ticket prices are $42-$27. For showtimes
and reservations, please call 445-7469.