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Saget says he’s thinking about cleaning up his act (alyson hannigan mention)

By Chris Page

Thursday 16 June 2005, by Webmaster

Bob Saget says he’s thinking about cleaning up his act. Maybe it’s getting to be a bit too much.

In the decade since the sitcom “Full House” wrapped - though it lives on in perpetual syndication - Saget, 49, has managed a healthy career trading on his status as one of TV’s classic wholesome dads, Danny Tanner.

His raunchy stand-up comedy show - which he brings back to the Tempe Improv this weekend - turns lovable Danny on his ear, whether it’s with a tasteless string of crotch jokes or by singing “Danny Tanner Was Not Gay” (to the tune of the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way”). His routine is one part affront, two parts squirt-that-two-drink-minimum-out-your-nose crack-up. Other projects lately have been just as shocking for those who aren’t familiar with Saget’s dark-blue comedy act or haven’t seen his pre-“Full House,” F-bomb-heavy HBO comedy specials.

Earlier this year he recorded a dirty song with chum Jamie Kennedy. He did an episode of HBO’s “Entourage” that’ll air in a few weeks; he plays himself, making out with a prostitute and taking hits off a bong.

And then there’s “The Aristocrats,” a documentary about the most offensive joke ever told - and the highlight of the independent film, say many who’ve seen it, is hearing Saget tell the joke.

“In two years,” he says, laughing, “I’m never cursing again. I’m going to be G-rated. I’ll totally go back to Danny Tanner and be this innocuous piece of plastic. ’Cause even I’m starting to get offended by myself.”

Perhaps doing an off-Broadway play showed him the light. In Paul Weitz’s “Privilege,” which closed last month, Saget played a father arrested for insider trading. Just as fellow “Full House” alum John Stamos learned doing Broadway, it was a life-changing experience.

For one thing, the work schedule was hell for the divorced father of three. “Doing nine shows a week,” Saget says, “did not help my sex life.” More important, he’s been struck by the theater bug. He wants to do more things like it.

“I feel like I’m in a new chapter,” Saget says.

Up next is another network TV project, “How I Met Your Mother,” an Alyson Hannigan vehicle on CBS for which Saget does voice-over narration. (“Alyson was my babysitter,” Saget recalls. “We took her to Hawaii. Isn’t it a funny life?”) On the horizon, he’s sending his oldest daughter off to college in New York. “It’s very complex,” he says, laughing. “I’m a parent, and I’m also a single guy. I don’t know what the hell to do half the time.

“I wrote a new song yesterday. It’s called ‘She’s Perfect for My Kids.’ It says it right there, doesn’t it? It’s the dichotomy of my life.”

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