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Saget Works Blue, but Not That Blue

July 16, 2013

YellowBrix

COMEDY

WHO: Bob Saget.

IN TOWN: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown; 973-539-8008 or mayoarts.org. $39 to $59.

ALSO PERFORMING: 7 p.m. Saturday, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St., Manhattan; Ticketmaster or boweryballroomnyc.com. $35 plus fees.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: bobsaget.com.

He's not that dirty. Really. Bob Saget swears that tales of his comedy routine (and daily conversation) going particularly blue are greatly exaggerated.

"I think the reputation is bigger than my actual anything anymore," said Saget, who brings his stand-up act to the Mayo Performing Arts Center this week. "It's just not accurate."

The snickers and shock over his comedic content are likely an overreaction because of his past life on iconic family television shows -- as father Danny Tanner on "Full House," which lives on in syndication, and as the host of "America's Funniest Home Videos." Some people can't reconcile the different parts of his career and personality.

"It's like asking Robin Williams why he did 'Mrs. Doubtfire,' then years later 'One Hour Photo,' " said Saget.

Saget is too busy to give much thought to his reputation. He will do the final shows of his live tour this summer, then finish the book he is writing. When that's done, he is scheduled to direct a film. The Philadelphia native, who spent summers as a child at his grandparents' home in Atlantic City, is also the narrator on "How I Met Your Mother," which enters its final season this fall.

In addition, he is promoting "That's What I'm Talkin' About," his new comedy special that comes out on DVD, CD and will be downloadable today.

The night at the Mayo will be a combination of old and new material, true stories about friend and former co-star John Stamos and a good bit of improvisation off of conversations with the audience.

The second half-hour is all music, Saget with his guitar playing what he calls "love songs that have gone awry."

The original songs have become a staple for him onstage, his fans often singing along. When asked if he'd ever want to pursue music seriously, Saget laughs and quickly says no. Then says he's too busy. Then, soon enough, that door is left open for some time down the road.

"In the immediate future, it's not a thought in my mind, but it is something kind of attractive to me," he said, adding that he isn't good enough musically to do it alone.

But it's really the time he's lacking more than the talent.

"To write something and focus on it is to give your soul to something," said Saget. "I'd really have to leave a lot of things behind."

He would consider another role on Broadway if it came along -- he did a stint in "The Drowsy Chaperone" in 2007 -- but right now his focus is finishing the as-yet-untitled book.

"It's part memoir and part my observations of life and experiences and how people treat each other," Saget said. "It has to do with a lot of death because my uncle died, both of my sisters passed away -- they were six years and 10 years older than me. It's just about how our family and how I dealt with death through comedy."

Having been offered a "theme" book in the past that he turned down, Saget wanted to put the work in on this one.

"Death and comedy is my whole life, so it kind of invigorated me to flesh it out," he said.

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