Few actors in Hollywood have the good fortune to star in one successful and long-running show. Comedian Bob Saget not only starred in two, but at the same time.
In his new book “Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian,” Saget, 57, juxtaposes his professional success -- playing Danny Tanner in “Full House” and hosting “America’s Funniest Home Videos” -- while also coping with tragedies in his personal life. For him, the writing became a “cleansing, purging experience.”
“It was one of the most freeing experiences I had and allowed me to unleash the things I’ve been storing up,” Saget said.
At one point, his manic schedule included shooting for “Full House,” having dinner with a friend, doing some stand-up at a local club in Los Angeles, and then, well after midnight, visiting his sister at the hospital where she was suffering from scleroderma. She died from the disease at 47 years old. His other sister had earlier passed away from a brain aneurysm at 34.
It was comedy which gave Saget an outlet for the pain he experienced. His style was influenced by his father whose “odd humor” consisted of “creepy jokes.”
But Saget developed a stand-up that is decidedly more vulgar, ironic given that he was such a mainstay of family-friendly television. In the book, Saget reveals his off-color antics on the set of “Full House” – one story involves a rubber doll – and coming up against the forces of censorship while co-writing 55 pages a week to narrate the bloopers on “AFHV.”
So is he getting mellower after more than three decades as a comedian?
“I am changing the older I get,” Saget said. “The drinking game has slowed down. Follow your instincts. That’s definitely something I’ve learned. You can’t push on a door that doesn’t open.”
ABC News' David Miller and Brian Fudge contributed to this episode.
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