Bob Saget returns to wholesome Danny for ‘Fuller House’

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

For those who know Bob Saget beyond his role as Danny Tanner, the patriarch of the late 1980s, early ’90s sitcom “Full House,” are aware that he has a reputation for being a dirty comic.

These days Saget, who was most-recently seen playing Pastor Greg in the Broadway production of “Hand to God,” says he’s naturally leaving the raunchy bits out of his act these days.

“I’ve got a lot of new material ... I think a lot of people are disappointed that I’m not as dirty as I was, I don’t know what that means,” says Saget, who performs Friday at the Royal Oak Music Theatre.

The Philadelphia-born comedian has roots in Detroit not only because his dad grew up in the area, but because of his friendship with his “Full House” co-star Dave Coulier, who is from St. Clair Shores. Saget has been a regular at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle for years as well.

“I do what I find funny, when it’s funny,” he says. He admits that years ago he was purposefully dirty to combat his wholesome “Full House” image.

“I guess I was a little more of a petulant little (expletive) boy, but I was playing for college audiences.”

Saget will revisit to his role as dad when the “Full House” story line returns with Netflix’s “Fuller House.”

The refashioned sitcom centers around the “Full House” daughters D.J. and Stephanie Tanner — played by Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin — who are the focus of the show along with neighbor Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber). They all live in the same house, a la the original three guys in the series (Danny Tanner, Joey Gladstone and Jesse Katsopolis, played by Saget, Coulier and John Stamos, respectively), who all make an appearance in the new series.

“We know, everybody (on the show) knows that it’s iconic,” Saget says. “It’s more iconic than most shows have ever been for families because it’s not shot on film, so it doesn’t have that dated look ... even the original show was shot on video, so it never really went away. It got even stronger.”

Saget says it was easy to get back into the role of playing a dad.

“I’m an actor, so literally... I popped up, (and) I’m Danny Tanner,” he says.

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Bob Saget

8 p.m. Friday

Royal Oak Music Theatre

318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak

(248) 399-2980

$39.50-$55

‘Fuller House’

Feb. 26

Netflix