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Bob Saget is a comedic TV personality and actor who found success first on the sitcom Full House and later on America's Funniest Home Videos.
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The premise of the show was that his brother-in-law Jesse (John Stamos) and his friend Joey (Dave Coulier) move in with his family. His eldest daughter, D. J.,
While critics weren't thrilled with the show, audiences loved it. The series reached the top 20 soon after it premiered on ABC in the fall of 1987. With cute kids and a lot of domestic humor, it was a natural fit for the network's Friday night line-up of family entertainment.
Not one to take the easy road, Saget took on another show in 1990, becoming the host of America's Funniest Home Videos. It was an early reality show of sorts, with viewers sending in their humorous video clips to win a cash prize. As the host, Saget provided the transitions between the clips as well as his own comical commentary. The show was an instant ratings hit, climbing to the top 10 in matter of weeks after January 1990 debut.
Saget continued this frenetic pace until Full House was cancelled in 1995. After Full House, he was anxious to prove that he was more to him than the G-rated TV dad had portrayed for so long. Saget returned to stand up and his edgy, foul-mouthed material. Saget also took on a project close to his heart, directing the 1996 television movie, For Hope, which starred Dana Delany as a woman who suffers from scleroderma, an autoimmune disease. Saget's own sister, Gay, had died from the disease in 1994.
On television, Saget remained the humorous, but mild manner host of America's Funniest Home Videos for two more years, signing off in 1997. Saget went through some more changes that year, separating from his wife Sherri after nearly fifteen years of marriage. The couple had three daughters together.
Despite his desire to break away from his sitcom past, Saget took the leading role in Raising Dad in 2001. The short-lived comedy series featured Saget as the widowed father of two teenage girls. This time around, however, he played Matt Stewart, a popular English teacher—a hipper, funnier character than Danny Tanner. It received some lukewarm reviews and was canceled after its first season.
In 2005, movie goers got to see the raunchier side of Saget in The Aristocrats, a documentary about a famous dirty joke. He also became the narrator for the sitcom How I Met Your Mother that same year. Poking fun at him, Saget also made a hilarious guest appearance on the HBO comedy series Entourage, portraying himself as a dope-smoking divorced man with a fondness for prostitutes.
Saget then went on to write, produce, and provide some of the voices for the nature documentary spoof Farce of the Penguins (2006). Other vocal contributors included Dane Cook, Dave Coulier, Jason Alexander, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christina Applegate. Returning to television, Saget became the host of the prime time game show, 1 vs 100.
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