November 30, 2022

Bob Saget pulled off a outstanding trick over his lengthy and busy profession in comedy: He spent the late ’80s and far of the ’90s as one in all America’s favourite skilled genial dorks, enjoying a sq. dad on the cornball and sometimes unbearably saccharine ABC sitcom Full Home and ringmaster to America’s much less professionally genial dorks — these struggling home-recorded mishaps on the identical community’s America’s Funniest House Movies.

After these gigs ended, although, he directed one very humorous and decidedly much less clear comedy, Soiled Work, and phrase about his non-ABC comedy profession unfold: That Bob Saget fellow actually works fairly blue!

This was in all probability all the time true exterior of his time on ABC — what number of comedians can’t hit a blue streak typically? — however Saget appeared to significantly enjoyment of puncturing his network-friendly picture later in his profession. It by no means got here off as malicious, whatever the precise high quality of the jokes: He informed soiled jokes with the identical sweetness that he distributed fatherly recommendation and low-level slapstick on Full Home, and that itself was awfully endearing. The identical qualities that made him a beloved sitcom dad for a era of youngsters made him a beloved jack-of-all-trades comedian (stand-up, memoir, internet hosting, sport exhibits) for years afterward.

Perhaps Netflix sensed the symmetry in his profession, and picked up Soiled Daddy: The Bob Saget Tribute, a dwell occasion recorded a couple of weeks after his January 2022 loss of life, as a bookend to its Full Home sequel sequence, which reintroduced Saget’s dorky-dad shtick to a brand new era of youthful viewers. Full Home figures into this tribute, after all — John Stamos is among the fundamental figures talking of Saget with love and good humor — however the particular focuses extra on how his bawdy humorousness dovetailed along with his heat and kindness as an individual.

Or perhaps Netflix is simply discovering an odd, new, however compelling area of interest to overcome: the comedy-special wake. Simply a few weeks in the past, the platform premiered Nothing Particular, a home-recorded parting shot from comedian Norm Macdonald, adopted by a half-hour dialogue and appreciation from a few of his buddies and colleagues. Saget’s profession was unexpectedly entwined with Macdonald’s: It was Macdonald who co-wrote and starred in Soiled Work; it was Saget who was the topic of Macdonald’s famously squeaky-clean roast (whereby he primarily carried out a reverse Saget, going corny when everybody anticipated shock); and the 2 died simply months aside.

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