Comedian Bob Saget dies

In past interviews with the Georgia Straight, he spoke about his career on Full House and how he was forced into delivering a legendary dirty joke on The Aristocrats

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      To TV viewers, Bob Saget will always be the widowed father on Full House or the host of America's Funniest Home Videos.

      But the man known as America's dad was also a roaring success as a ribald standup comic.

      Today, Saget was found dead in an Orlando hotel room at the age of 65. The cause of his death is still unknown but police have ruled out foul play or drugs.

      Saget periodically performed standup comedy in Vancouver. Before a 2016 appearance at the River Rock Casino, he spoke to Georgia Straight contributor Guy MacPherson about his times playing Danny Tanner on Full House.

      "Even throughout it, I was dealing with the devils of playing goody two-shoes and people perceiving me as one," Saget said at the time. "But I still loved doing the show. I just wanted to be able to have other sides to me rather than people going, ‘Oh my God, you’re Danny Tanner!’

      "Once you play a certain character, that’s who people think you are. But if you have a movie career where you play a murderer in one and you’re joyful in another, then people see it differently.”

      He wrote the books Dirty Daddy in 2014 and Bob Saget's Tales from the Crib in 1991 with Tony Hendra.

      Fans of his standup routines still talk about his rather disgusting yet amusing version of a filthy joke in The Aristocrats.

      “I mean, I can out-gross anybody, but I actually don’t enjoy it,” Saget told MacPherson in 2014 in advance of his appearance at the Pemberton Music Festival. “Even if you look at The Aristocrats, that was against my will. The most heinous things I said were just because Penn and Paul [directors Jillette and Provenza] were forcing me to do it. But I did it. I’m culpable!”

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