A Tribute to Bob Saget


Brenna Oxley, Contributor

America’s dad, Bob Saget, passed away on January 9, 2022. The 65-year-old comedian and family man left a lasting impression. 

Bob Saget was born in Philidelphia in 1956. From a young age, he was passionate about film and comedy, and by the time he was 21 he had already created a short film, Through Adam’s Eyes.

In 1987, Saget joined CBS’s The Morning Program. He brought comedic relief to the show but was let go after only 6 months. Soon after, he landed the role that made his career, Danny Tanner. Saget made his claim to fame as Television Dad on Full House that aired for 8 seasons. On top of that, he hosted America’s Funniest Home Videos from 1990-1997. 

Bob Saget always valued family. His sister in particular inspired many of his passions. Gay Saget was diagnosed with Scleroderma, a rare disease that affects one’s muscle and tissue movement. Bob joined the board of directors for SRF, Scleroderma Research Foundation, soon after Gay was diagnosed. In 1996 he directed a film, For Hope, about a single mother struggling with scleroderma. 

In 1997, he divorced his wife. That is when he transitioned into adult-rated comedy. He was able to keep his family-friendly and adult content separate. In the early 2000’s he was on several different sitcoms such as Raising Dad, Surviving Suburbia, How I Met Your Mother. He even appeared in The Aristocrats. He hosted the game show 1 v 100 in 2006, the same year that he wrote and created Farce of the Penguins, a comedic spin on the documentary. 

Comedy was his natural talent. Bob Saget created a stand-up comedy show based on him, Bob Saget: That Ain’t Right (2007). He also created a stand-up comedy album that when on to win a Grammy for Best Comedy. His most notable books include Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian (2014), Bob Saget’s Tales from the Crib (1991), and Zero to Sixty (2017). 

He regained popularity within a younger audience when he relieved his role of Danny Tanner in Fuller House (2016-2020), a Full House reboot. 

His passing was emotional for many popular comedians and actors. Jimmy Kimmel released an emotional tribute on his late night talk show and many comedians expressed their respect of his passing on social media.