Originally created 08/04/98

Net Chat: Bob Saget chats about move to big-screen

Bob Saget, the guy who used to be on television's Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos, made his big-screen directorial debut with the film Dirty Work. He recently chatted on the Internet at People Online.

Q: Why do you laugh at your own jokes so much?

A: Check the last two years of the video show or any of my recent TV appearances -- I'm not laughing much anymore. I used to, I guess, out of nervousness, insecurity, or maybe I thought I was funny. I do think I'm funny.

Q: How would you describe your comedy?

A: I would describe my comedy as . . . uh . . . (thinking) uh . . . gimme a second . . . uh.

Q: Do you miss working with the Olsen twins?

A: I like all the people from Full House like family, so I do miss seeing them. I haven't seen them in a couple years. But I see most of the others from the show.

Q: Are you ever going to do a Full House reunion?

A: I don't think there'll be a Full House reunion unless I can do it "R" rated. But I have a feeling no one would go for that.

Q: Did you want to be an actor?

A: I wish someone could hold me right now like a small monkey. I never really thought I'd be an actor. I studied acting to learn more about directing and working with actors.

Q: You were a film-studies major in college, yes?

A: I studied film at Temple University in Philadelphia and actually won a student Oscar in 1978. I directed two TV movies before Dirty WorkFor Hope, loosely based on my sister's life and her battle with scleroderma, and Jitters, a Lifetime movie.

Q: How did you decide to become a comedian?

A: Actually, becoming a comedian just happened. I made a bad student film when I was 17 called Beach Blanket Blintzes and did some stand-up before the thing showed. Then I did it for 20 more years. I worked at the Comedy Store and Improv for about 10 years in Los Angeles before I got a gig.

Q: Do you like to make people happy when they're sad?

A: Yes, I like causing any mood swing in people. In my professional and personal life.

Q: Do you ever see yourself in a dramatic role, if so, what kind?

A: Happy to sad is good, and sad to happy is great. Affecting people, in all seriousness, is a very cool thing to be able to do. I've only done it a few times I think in my career so far. Yes, I see myself in a dramatic role. I don't know what kind, maybe the Ginger Spice Story. A little surgery and I'm all set.

Q: What happened in the years between America's Funniest Home Videos and now? Did you take a well-needed vacation?

A: No. But thanks for thinking I deserved a vacation. Most others just wanted me to stop altogether. I stopped doing the show, a couple of months passed and I started pre-production on Dirty Work. Almost a year later and here I am getting a stiff neck and typing like I'm on espresso.


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