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Robert "Bob" Lane Saget (born May 17, 1956) is an American stand-up comedian, television host, actor, and filmmaker. He is well-known for his role as Danny Tanner in the ABC sitcom Full House from 1987 to 1995 and as host of America's Funniest Home Videos from 1989 to 1997.[1] Currently he is the host of the NBC game show 1 vs. 100 as well as the narrator of the CBS comedy series How I Met Your Mother.

Saget is generally known for his clean-cut, family-friendly television persona from the hit shows Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos, which have been widely rerun in syndication for over a decade. In contrast, Saget is also known for using edgy humor in his stand-up comedy acts and movies.[1]

Early life and career

Saget was born in Philadelphia and moved to Lexington, Virginia when he was two years old. His father was a supermarket executive and a hospital administrator. He attended Rockbridge County High School before moving back to Philadelphia and graduating from Abington Senior High School. Saget originally intended to become a doctor, but his honors English teacher, Elaine Zimmerman, saw his creative potential and urged him to seek a career in films.[1]

He enrolled at Temple University's film school, where he made a student film, Through Adam's Eyes, a black-and-white film about a boy who received reconstructive facial surgery. In 1978, the film was honored with an award of merit in the Student Academy Awards.[2] Saget enrolled in graduate school at the University of Southern California but quit a few days later. Saget describes himself at the time in an article by Glenn Esterly in the Saturday Evening Post, "I was a cocky, overweight twenty-two-year-old. Then I had a gangrenous appendix taken out, almost died, and I got over being cocky or overweight."

Saget started doing stand-up comedy and did a number of national tours. Later, in 1987, Saget became the co-host of Morning Program, CBS's morning show, where he also wrote and produced content for the show. However, Saget left the show after only six months due to low ratings, with both Saget and producers feeling he was not meant for morning TV.

Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos

Soon after, Saget was cast as Danny Tanner in Full House, which became a huge success through family viewers and landed in the Nielsen Ratings's Top 30 from the third season onward. In 1989, Saget was cast as the host of America's Funniest Home Videos, which also became a smash hit. From 1989-1995, Saget was quite busy with his career, doing both Full House and AFV simultaneously. In 1995, Full House ended its run after eight years (due to increasing production costs), and Saget continued to host AFV, despite his desire to pursue other works. In 1997, his contract finally expired, and he left the show. His former Full House cast, except for the Olsen twins, were present at his last episode.

Continued career

Saget is currently host of NBC's game show 1 vs. 100, which debuted October 13, 2006, and the uncredited narrator of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, that premiered on September 19, 2005.

His HBO comedy special, That Ain't Right, came out on DVD on August 28, 2007. It is dedicated to his father, Ben Saget, who passed away on 30 January 2007 due to complications from congestive heart failure. He was 89.

Saget appeared in the Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone for a limited four-month engagement. He played "Man in Chair," while Jonathon Crombie, who normally played the character on Broadway, was with the national tour of the musical. On January 4, 2008 Saget's caricature was unveiled at Sardi's Restaurant.[3]

Other works

Saget directed the 1996 ABC television movie, For Hope, which was inspired by the life story of his sister, Gay Saget, who died from scleroderma three years earlier.[1] Saget is currently a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation.

In 2006, Jamie Kennedy released a rap song and music video entitled Rollin' With Saget which featured Saget.

Saget wrote, directed, and stars in Farce of the Penguins, a parody of 2005's March of the Penguins, that was released direct-to-DVD in January 2007.

Filmography and TV appearances

* Rove as himself. Appeared while Rove was in Los Angeles. Comedy duo Hamish and Andy visited several stars' homes in an attempt to convince them to join their fictional gang, the "Gangaroos." Bob was the only one to accept. (2007)
* Farce of the Penguins director (2007)
* The Art of Making Cheese as host
* 1 vs. 100 as host
* Law & Order: SVU in episode: Choreographed (episode # 8009)
* Blowin' Up as himself in Episode 1 (2006)
* Farce of the Penguins (2006)
* Army Armine (2006?)
* Casper's Scare School (2006)
* How I Met Your Mother as narrator (2005–Present)
* Madagascar (voice) (2005)
* Entourage HBO series; as himself in Episode 13 Neighbors (2005)
* The Aristocrats (2005)
* Huff as Butch in Episode 5 Flashpants (2004)
* New York Minute (2004) (cameo)
* Joey as himself in Episode 11 Joey and the Roadtrip (2004)
* Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003)
* Raising Dad (2001)
* Becoming Dick (2000)
* Half Baked (1998)
* Dirty Work (1998)
* Jitters (1997)
* For Hope (1996)
* Father and Scout (1994)
* The Larry Sanders Show (1992,1994) as himself in Hey Now and Office Romance
* America's Funniest Home Videos as host (1989–1997)
* Full House (1987–1995) as Danny Tanner
* Critical Condition (1987)
* The Morning Program (1987)
* New Love, American Style (1985)
* The Greatest American Hero (1983)
* Apartment Hunting (1981)
* Full Moon High (1981)
* Bosom Buddies (1981)
* Devices (1980)
* Outer Touch (1979)
* Through Adam's Eyes (1977)

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