There are generally three types of actors who are known for oneiconic role that fans and the pop culturesphere can't seem to letgo of: The type that's embarrassed, the type that seems creepilystuck in that role, and the type that's moved on while fullyembracing their sometimes weird, wonderful place in fandom.
Dave Coulier is the third type.
"It's kind of remarkable what has transpired over the last coupleof decades. So many people tell me that they grew up with it andnow their 5-year-old is addicted to it," said Coulier, the stand- upcomedian and portrayer of goofily endearing father figure "Uncle"Joey Gladstone on ABC's "Full House," who appears at the Palm BeachImprov through Sunday.
Twenty-six years after it premiered, folks still love "Full House"and its family friendly laugh-tracked tale of widowed dad DannyTanner (Bob Saget), his heartthrob musician brother-in-law Jesse(John Stamos) and their funny friend Joey (Coulier) raising Danny'sthree precocious daughters -- "It's amazing to us. The cast membershave talked about it, and there's something in the Kool-Aid. Wehave no idea what it is."
The show's sweet and sometimes sappy appeal seems simple now, butCoulier remembers when a Friday night show, scheduled during "theTV dead zone," was less of a sure thing and more like afamily- flavored gamble.
"In the first season, we hadn't found our groove. ABC reallyspelled it out for us, that this was a family show. It was aboutthese three guys raising three little girls, but they were really afamily," he says. "Family comes in a lot of different guises. Oncewe had that in our heads, it really became the 'Full House' we knowand love."
The show's pop culture legacy looms large -- the beginning of whatwould be a successful series of "TGIF" shows for ABC, a series ofcatch phrases, including Joey's "Cut. It. Out.," the careers ofcute quippers turned fashionistas Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen and aweird never-ending berth in pop culture oddity.
Coulier's homepage gleefully features links of "Full House"- relatedstuff like Academy Award winner Tom Hanks doing Tanner family Beatpoetry on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," or "some really weirdthing on Tumblr called 'The Same Picture of Dave Coulier EveryDay,' which is literally the same picture of me every day," hesays.
The other cast members honed post "Full House" personas that mighthave seemed incongruous, like the Olsens' lives as wanfashionistas, or Saget returning to the gleefully filthy stand- uphe was known for before becoming a cuddly family star. Coulier'srecent project was "The Clean Guys Of Comedy," a stand-up concertfeaturing Jamie Kennedy, Ralph Harris and others and shown on moviescreens around the country. "I always worked clean, but I rememberJay Leno saying to me 'Hey, Coulier, if you work clean, you'll workeverywhere,' " he says. "If you do that, you never have to edityourself if you're doing a corporate date or a Christian college.... I'm a jock. I play hockey. There is a time and a place forfilthy language. But people think no one wants to hear cleancomedy, but I beg to differ. Jim Gaffigan and Brian Regan areselling out arenas. That should tell you something."
Ironically, the clean comic has been rumored for years to have beenthe inspiration for one of pop's most pointedly profane hits,Alanis Morrissette's "You Oughta Know." Coulier's given recentinterviews confirming that he's probably the guy targeted byMorrissette, whom he dated between 1992-93, two years before her"Jagged Little Pill" album was released. But today, he's a littlemore cagey.
"I called her and said 'People are asking if this really angrywhite woman song is about me. What do you want me to say?' "Coulier says. "And she said 'Say whatever you want.' ... I think alot of it was written when we were together, so a lot of the albumseems familiar to me, about things that I would hear her say anddo. I always tell people 'I would hate to be the guy in that song.He sounds like a real jerk!' "
email@example.com Twitter: @LeslieStreeter
IF YOU GO
Where: Palm Beach Improv, CityPlace, West Palm Beach
A service of YellowBrix, Inc.
Most Popular Stories
- Obama Administration Releases Proposal to Regulate For-Profit Colleges
- Elizabeth Vargas' Husband Marc Cohn Addresses Rumors
- Apple, HP, Intel May Take a Hit from Slowdown in Smartphone Sales Growth
- Keurig Adds Peet's coffee, Alters Starbucks deal
- U.S. to Relinquish Gov't Control Over Internet
- Quiznos Files for Chapter 11
- SoCalGas Reaches Record Spend on Diversity Suppliers
- Is Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 in Andaman Sea?
- Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx Marries Model Courtney Bingham
- Vybz Kartel Convicted of Murder