Bob Saget made his TV money playing goofy dad to overly cut little girls and showing videos of guys getting hit in the nuts. The real Bob Saget might not sell so well. His off color, beyond blue stand-up persona is pants-wettingly funny but would never clear network censors. His new game show, 1 Vs. 100, may come the closest to bringing the real Bob Saget to television, albeit without getting NBC sued by the FCC.
Bob Saget Talks 1 Vs. 100
“I’ve been working for ten years not to go and turn my persona on its ear, it just happened organically,” Saget said. “My stand-up was a bit edgy and whatever, and Howie Mandel’s stand-up has always been not family oriented. I don’t want to say it’s in the same genre as mine, but it kind of is. He loves to riff off of people. When he headlines Vegas, he just goes off, and that’s what I do. In a room with 1000 people, I have a blast bouncing off of people. Tthat’s something I get to do here, which I never got to do. When I did the video show, that was a scripted family show, it was a family show, and I was hosting a bloopers show. The humor was the videos and I was trying as hard as I could, begging in the back of my eyes to be as humorous as I could be which you can’t force.”
Working without a net keeps Saget on his toes but also requires him to be his own censor. “I love breaking the envelope and trying to be as edgy as I can be. We open at 9 o’clock and then at 8 o’clock. That’s my old Full House time slot, the 8 o’clock Friday night time slot. I don’t think I can curse and drop my pants and pass out but I can get close. They said if it does get too edgy, they can stick the PG banner on it. That’s a thing I’d love to achieve in success where ooh, a little more uncensored this week. I’m not really even concerned with it right now.”
Saget is perhaps a little more comfortable being himself now that he has 20 more years of showbiz experience behind him. “I know that I’m being myself this time around because I’m older and I’m a different person or artist. I’m in the confines of that and those confines, it’s a game show or I like to call it a quiz show but it’s not my stand-up, but it does employ what I love about it. But I’ve got 100 people in front of me. I can call on number 31 and start riffing with that person. That’s just fun and that can go into a gallows humor or a sick sense of humor, and then just see if it can make it to air or not.”
Already Saget has delivered lines that will only amuse the studio audience, or perhaps an eventual Too Hot for TV DVD. “I love The Name Hame. It was my favorite song. Did they leave that in where I said, ‘Let’s do Chuck?’ I thought that was going to make it. I put a lot of work into that line. That’s the kind of irreverence that you can see if you come to a taping.”
1 Vs. 100 airs Friday nights on NBC.
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