Sunday, September 21, 2014

Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian by Bob Saget

Title: Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian

Author: Bob Saget

Published: April 2014, IT Books

Pages: 272

Summary: Bob Saget, the decidedly irreverent stand-up comedian and beloved TV star, delivers uproarious, uncensored, and heartfelt stories from a life in entertainment and beyond.
Millions of viewers know and love Bob Saget from his role as the sweetly neurotic father on the smash hit Full House, and as the charming wisecracking host of America's Funniest Home Videos. And then there are the legions of fans who can't get enough of his scatological, out-of-his-mind stand-up routines, comedy specials, and outrageously profane performances in such shows as HBO's Entourage and the hit documentaryThe Aristocrats. In his bold and wildly entertaining publishing debut, Bob continues to embrace his dark side and gives readers the book they have long been waiting for—hilarious and often dirty yet warm and disarmingly sincere.
Bob talks about the connection between humor and pain, offering insights into his own life, including the deaths of his beloved sisters. He pays homage to the people who shaped and inspired him: his mom, Dolly; his father, Ben (the comedy influence who instilled his love of "sick silliness"); and the teacher who told him, "You need to make people laugh," as well as legendary comedians such as Richard Pryor, David Letterman, Billy Crystal, and Robin Williams.
Bob believes there's a time and a place for filth and immature humor—and for gentle family comedy. Dirty Daddy is packed with both, from his never-before-heard stories of what really went on behind the scenes of two of the most successful family shows of all times, with costars like John Stamos, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Ashley Olsen, to his liberating experience in The Aristocrats, his Comedy Central roast, and his role of playing an extreme version of himself on Entourage. Bob opens up about his career, his reputation for sick humor, his pride and love for Full House
, and how he's come to terms with the fame of being DT—"Danny Tanner." Throughout, he shares tales of close friends and colleagues like Rodney Dangerfield and Don Rickles, and recalls his experiences with show business legends, including Johnny Carson and George Carlin.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I have been reading a few darker reads lately and so when I saw this book in the library I jumped at the chance for something lighter and funnier.  Dirty Daddy is written by Bob Saget and the audiobook is narrated by him too.  It chronicles his life and his acting and stand-up careers.

The first thing to mention about this book is that it is full of dick jokes.  Yep, it is.  So if you’re not really a fan of crude humour then you may want to skip this one.  I however, laughed a lot.  I have to say though, it does settle down and there aren’t as many jokes like that when you get further on in the book.

The book has a few sad parts and Saget deals with them in an appropriate way, which sometimes for comedians can be difficult.  I do admire Bob Saget though, I like how he just seems really down to earth and so hilarious too.

I really loved the chapter about Full House, it made me remember the show and how much I loved it when I was younger.  It also made me want to watch the show again.  In fact, a lot of the chapters in which he talks about shows he’s done have made me want to sit down and watch those shows.  He recaps and talks about them in such a great way.

Really, I felt like this was a really enjoyable read, full of laughs and exactly what I had expected from a book by Bob Saget.  If you like reading books about comedians, written by comedians, then you should check this one out.

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