Bob Saget on Diapering the Olsen Twins, Dirty Jokes and Paltry 'House' Checks
By Nicki Gostin Posted Dec 3rd 2010 11:00PM
Bob Saget is back on the tube as host of 'Strange Days With Bob Saget,' a reality TV series airing Tuesday nights on A&E, where the comedian hunkers down with a different subculture (Bigfoot believers, bikers, etc.) each week. The wonderfully foul-mouthed funnyman, who will forever be Danny Tanner to TV viewers, spoke to PopEater about diapering the Olsen twins, how much money he gets (or rather, doesn't get) from ubiquitous 'Full House' reruns and, naturally, how he balances his clean cut look with such a filthy sense of humor.
You're famous for having a filthy sense of humor that plays off your clean cut looks. Do you wonder if you'd be so successful if you weren't so wholesome-looking?
I know I look like an accountant and I do think about it quite a lot. If you watch my stand-up with the sound off, it looks like your neighbor talking, maybe he's a little hyper but he's decent-looking, and then you turn on the sound and you're like, 'What? People shouldn't do that with goats.' My stuff is usually just a bunch of wiener jokes.
Well, they are timeless.
I believe so. I mean, what are you going to do? You've got one, you're a guy and you've already got everything against you because of that. The joke is the joke itself.
What have you been up to?
A couple of weeks ago I was at a scleroderma benefit [Saget's sister died of the disease]. I saw Jerry Seinfeld there and we spoke. I've known him for 30 years.
Did you guys talk about how rich you both are?
We did not talk of any type of finance. No, we talked about the craft. I don't really think about money at all.
You don't have to. You're rolling in all that 'Full House' money!
So funny. There's no 'Full House' money. I didn't own the show.
C'mon, you still get residuals from the show.
Yeah, you get nothing. Residual checks on shows are nothing.
Bob Saget gets himself involved in an Olsen sandwich while attending a comedy event in New York City on Nov. 8. (That's Mary-Kate on the left and Ashley on the right.) More Pics of Bob >>
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Nobody could retire on it unless you kept your money and saved it. If you're doing a show and you're not an executive producer and own it, then you get residuals which can amount to checks from $2 to $2,000.
But isn't the show on like 30 times a day on Nick?
They buy a cycle. 'Full House' just started a new cycle, so someone, not me, is going to make a fortune. Whatever I get is found money. I hate talking about it. Nothing's what anybody thinks.
That's exactly why it's so interesting to talk about!
I know! Look, I did this thing called 'Farce of the Penguins' and it made at least 50 times more than it cost to make and we're still waiting. We've got a court case coming up. It's about people not wanting to pay.
Have you seen Mary-Kate and Ashley recently?
They came to my benefit. They were incredibly loving and generous. The joke I have with them is that I diapered them. They were three months old and doing the show and I also had a baby and there was a time when I knew how to diaper them really quickly. Of course, I had permission.
Eww! I wasn't even thinking of that.
[Laughs] I just thought of that. That's not a good thing.
Tell me about the show, 'Strange Days With Bob Saget.'
I'm excited about it. I go and study unusual subcultures. I went to Cornell and got pledged. I went to Vegas, but in a Hunter S. Thompson way. I've looked for Big Foot and jumped in a sidecar and drove from Nashville to Daytona with a motorcycle club.
How did you come up with the idea?
About 12 years ago I came up with the idea for me to go over and sleep at people's homes.
I love that idea!
Yeah, it's a cute one but it got rejected.
Why? Did they think it was creepy?
That's the joke of it. You act disarming and I don't do anything creepy, but people take it as they take it and the humor comes from that -- which is this is creepy. Anyway, a year-and-a-half ago, I went to the producers and said that it would be really cool to go study other cultures that I know nothing about.
Does it bother you that your obit will probably lead with Danny Tanner?
I don't know if that's true. What happens if I explode on the street and they say it's "American's Funniest Death"? It could be the video show or it could be a new show.
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