'Phat Tuesdays': Did Bob Saget always want to be a comedian? High school teacher showed the way
The 'Full House' star actually wanted to become a doctor when he was in high school, but a teacher nudged him in the right direction
Bob Saget needs no introduction. The comedian thrived on getting laughs onstage, and it was an art something that Saget took very seriously. He once mentioned to the Argus Leader that he'd perform a pre-show ritual that would help him get the focus he needed to deliver his best when it's showtime!
Ironically, the 'Full House' star actually wanted to become a doctor when he was in high school. Who would've thought? Luckily enough, one of his teachers noticed his creativity when he'd perform and nudged him in the right direction. Saget went on to pursue film studies at Temple University and the rest is history.
At just 21, he won the Student Academy Awards for his brainchild, 'Through Adam's Eyes', an 11-minute film that was "about someone to whom I'm very close who had reconstructive facial surgery," he told Ability Magazine. He knew then that this was where he'd shine.
Saget made the move to Los Angeles, and this is where he kickstarted his journey into the comedy world - through stand-up routines that he worked on by himself to perform at clubs. He continuously worked on his talent and even befriended famous comedian Dave Coulier.
Since those kind words of encouragement from his high school teacher eons ago, Saget never looked back; he knew acting was his calling. As is the case with many people who have known and appreciate his work, we grew up watching him as Danny Tanner, the neat-freak from 'Full House'. What's commendable is that he used this exact persona to recreate his stint as the star host of 'America's Funniest Home Videos'.
Some comedians may dive into the comedy genre solely because they might get a few laughs. But for Bob, he knew how good he was and in order to entertain to the best of his abilities, he'd set aside half an hour prior to his stand-up performances for every show. This warming up and alone time was a routine he picked up during his time performing for Broadway. And it sure did pay off - he never failed to elicit a standing ovation.
Saget would put away his notes about 10 minutes before stepping on stage, and would just say to himself, "Let it go", adding, "You just trust". Just before his death on January 9, Saget took to Instagram to celebrate his 2-hour gig in Florida. He mentioned that he felt like he was just 26. He added, “I guess I’m finding my new voice and loving every moment of it".
A legend who could easily light up a room, Saget had the power to make his audience feel at home with his feel-good humor. Starting from his time on the iconic ABC sitcom 'Full House' to his decades-worth of comedy he worked on after, Saget’s career is one that should be treasured solely for its versatility. He fully understood and knew what it means to be a comedian - one who excels in various branches of humor.
One of the several things Saget did best was not only delivering his comedic sequences brilliantly but also working hard to continuously exceed everyone's expectations. 'Phat Tuesdays' is scheduled to release on February 4, 2022, on Prime Video.