Bob Saget’s opening act pays tribute to his comedy hero with a little help from Netflix

Comedian Bob Saget found great success living a life of positivity, kindness, and dick jokes. His unexpected death last January sent shockwaves through the comedy community. Six months later, a tribute stage was set up by a group of Saget’s closest friends.

On June 10th, Dirty Daddy: The Bob Saget Tribute premieres on Netflix and features a magical night where the gloomy ones got merry while remembering Saget at the Comedy Store in West Hollywood, the same place where Bob’s career began started more than 40 years ago.

John Stamos, Jeff Ross, Chris Rock, John Mayer, Jim Carrey, Dave Chappelle, Mike Young, Seth Green, Bob’s wife Kelly Rizzo and others took to the stage to celebrate and honor a piece of their heart for the tribute special.

Comedian Mike Young has had the privilege of touring with Saget for 12 years and spoke to The Times about trying to find an organic way to feature his comedy hero in his own stand-up set to speak. “People know me from Bob. I was in front of half a million people because of Bob,” Young told the Times. “He got me there and I have to pay tribute to him. It will just take time to figure out how to cultivate and live up to the deed.

It feels like a gift that this tribute show is coming out. Lots of mixed feelings but it will be great for fans who want to celebrate the life of a superstar who made strangers feel like family.

Mike Young: It’s so good to hear that because Bob’s main point was, “I want to be good to people.” I mean, when was the last time you saw a tribute go like this? Bob was a special guy. Everyone says that when someone walks by, but he was the greatest. John Mayer said it best at the tribute, “I can’t believe someone who was like that here is gone.” To me, that meant Bob was just so damn present. Was he sometimes neurotic? Of course. Was he trying to get me to tell him what I wanted for dinner two weeks before my trip to West Palm Beach? He was beyond. But he did all this because he wanted to take care of people.

How was the energy in the room the night of Bob’s tribute?

The mood at the Comedy Store was full of love for Bob. We just had the funeral and then privately a little tribute. So, the vibe was like, let’s do one more big goodbye. In one fell swoop, the world lost so much comedy. so much joy The irony is that a lot of comics are negative and take apart the anger, but Bob wasn’t. It wasn’t Gilbert, Louie, or Norm. It’s just a tragedy, however you cut it. They weren’t negative guys ranting about what they hate. Love was Bob’s thing. He’s been through this thing for the last couple of years where he said, ‘I’m not negative anymore. I only do positive things.” That was his whole theme.

Of course we know you’ve been touring, but have you been working on anything on the side?

Bob was working on putting his special together and he was so excited about it. He started cracking so much new material for himself and all he thought about was his special. That’s a really crazy part of this whole thing, how excited he was about stand-up comedy again. I also directed a film, so I wanted Bob in my film. I remember going back and forth with him like, “Bob, I have a great role for you!” He said, “How many pages is it?” He wanted to play a lead, and my cast is in their early 30s.

Well, he was definitely young at heart and at spirit! What would you say to younger fans who just stumbled upon Bob Saget?

I would say you’re welcome! Bob is a seasoned 45 year professional that you will love. We’ve actually started selling more and more tickets over the last few years because things just go through phases. When Bob came out of Entourage, Boom! We play theatre. Then there is a little break where you play clubs but you still sell clubs. bob always sold out clubs, although he was always nervous that he wouldn’t. Then the fans morphed into a younger base of hip, smart comedy lovers. I think they liked Bob because they could see through the BS which was an image. He’s hilarious and always makes a comeback, so he must be one of us! Bob was a hyper intelligent nerd. He was like a nerd stud. It didn’t come from cool. He was a delicatessen salesman who got cool.

I hope by reading this more deli workers will get laid. Have you heard of any plans to commemorate Bob in LA clubs?

I bet you there will be a one year anniversary. Otherwise I haven’t heard anything about it. I just heard about the Netflix tribute a month ago when Mike Binder called me and said, “Netflix is ​​recording this and please sign the release!”

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