Bob Saget spoke about his evolving approach to comedy, an influential mentor, and his days as a student at Philadelphia’s Temple University in what would be his last interview before his shocking death at age 65.
The Full House star and comedian was found dead Sunday in a Ritz-Carlton hotel room in Orlando, officials of the Orange County, Florida, sheriff’s office, tweeted, adding that there were “no signs of malicious intent or drug use in this case.” .
Saget appeared on News4JAX on Wednesday to promote his show at Jacksonville’s Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Saturday during his I Don’t Do Negative Comedy Tour.
The Latest: Bob Saget spoke about his evolving approach to comedy, an influential mentor, and his days as a student at Philadelphia’s Temple University in what would be his last interview prior to his shocking death at age 65
He bonded with News4JAX host Bruce Hamilton, whom he knew from Temple University, and told Hamilton, “I remember you, we went to Temple.”
Saget became emotional when asked about Lew Klein, the late American Bandstand producer and Temple University professor who died in June 2019 at the age of 91.
“You’re going to make me cry, he was like a father to me,” Saget said of Klein, noting that he helped him break into show business by getting him an internship on The Mike Douglas Show .
“That was my first indoctrination into show business. I was 19,” Saget said, praising Klein for caring for students in an educational career that spanned more than six decades.
“Lew Klein cared so much about students, I’ve had a few of those teachers,” Saget said. “When you get a teacher like that in your life it’s a real gift, everyone watching who knows what I’m saying, both my sisters were teachers and nothing beats when you’re a good teacher and he literally helped me, and he would talk to me and then we lost him not too long ago, which is very sad.’
He bonded with News4JAX host Bruce Hamilton, whom he knew from Temple University, telling Hamilton, ‘I just remember you, we went to Temple’
In the interview, Saget said he was excited about his upcoming trip to the Sunshine State, where he had great memories.
“I’m leaving tomorrow to be there so I can be. I’m going to Orlando and then I’m coming straight to Jacksonville. I think it’s my third time in Jacksonville in about a year,” Saget said. “We comedians have to go where comedy is loud and I had great times in Florida, and I’m going back. It’s a really nice theater too, it’s small.”
Saget told Hamilton his style of comedy had evolved in recent years because he wasn’t “as blue as” [he] stood on the podium.
“I love it now more than I ever did, and I don’t talk about politics, I don’t talk about religion, I want to make people laugh and I don’t want to argue in the room,” he said. “I just want to give people a good time and a good night out. I’m getting ready for a new special, so we have to go.”
Saget said his comedic style was “really another version” of himself, adding, “I just love it.”
Saget told Hamilton about how he continued to work on his comedy career during the pandemic, including his podcast Bob Saget’s Here For You, which he started in the early days of the pandemic in April 2020.
He said he loved doing his podcast and that he had “great guests” for “great conversations” on the platform.
“I just like to do it,” he said. “Everywhere you go, you make people feel better, and that’s my job, and sometimes we’re right in the middle of it, but it also depends on whether I’ve got a comedian on… it’s really fun to do. ‘
Saget said his latest comedic style was “really a different version” of himself, adding: “I just love it”
Saget told Hamilton his first live comedy performance since its closure, as part of Dave Chappelle’s series in Yellow Springs, Ohio in the summer of 2020.
“When I got out there safely, I did it,” he said. ‘There’s nothing like it, I’ve been doing it for over 40 years. I did it when we met that was get up.”
On his Twitter page Wednesday, Hamilton wrote of the interview: “I loved talking to Bob and talking about our days at Temple U. Not just a typical interview for me. Nice personal conversation.’
In what would be his last social media post, Saget said he performed a two-hour set in Jacksonville on Saturday to an “appreciative audience.”
On his Twitter page Wednesday, Hamilton wrote of the interview: “I loved talking to Bob and talking about our days at Temple U. Not just a typical interview for me. Great personal conversation’
In what would be his last social media post, Saget said he performed a two-hour set in Jacksonville on Saturday in front of an “appreciative audience.”
An audience member at Saturday’s show posted a memorial on Saget’s social media, People reported.
“Wow, what an honor it was to witness Bob’s last comedy show and last moments on this earth,” the person said. Bob took almost two hours past his normal set time and made the whole audience feel loved, he made jokes that apply to all ages and political parties.
“He stressed again and again how important it is that this world needs more comedy and finds more common ground with everyone around you.”