By Justin Richmond
Bob Saget is most widely known as the father of the Olsen twins on Full House, which along with America’s Funniest Home Videos are my earliest memories of TV, entertainment, and even consciousness. And they were some great memories for Saget, who still remembers filming the show’s opening credits in San Francisco, which the fictional Tanner family called home. “They had me actually driving the convertible across the Golden Gate Bridge with the entire real Full House family in it, and they had a helicopter flying overhead to film it.” Saget explains this is unusual for the opening credits of an unproven sitcom, but is thankful for the production effort, as it became the signature shot of the show, forever linking Saget to the city he calls “the prettiest, coolest, backdrop that exists, honestly.”
It’s odd that someone who’s not from San Francisco and has never lived here is so synonymous with the city. Recently when Saget was in town for a show, he drove by the Victorian that served as the exterior for the Tanner family's home in Full House and tweeted a selfie of himself in front of it. The picture exploded on Twitter and it endlessly amused Saget that people would be so excited to see him pose in front of the San Francisco landmark. When I told him that tour buses were recently banned from driving past the Painted Ladies (a.k.a. where the Tanners picnic during the credits), mostly due to Full House tourism, he laughed saying, “I know, I know, I screwed it up.”
Saget is quickly approaching sixty, but has a generation-spanning fan base that grows with him. Though I was a fan of his family friendly programming growing up, I never watched Full House or America’s Funniest Home Videos in adulthood. I didn’t have much interest. What made the man relevant in my life again, and turned me into a fan, was when I went to see the notoriously acerbic Paul Mooney do stand up at Carolines on Broadway in New York City. Shortly before Mooney came out, Saget stopped in to do 10 to 15 minutes of dirty, stream-of-consciousness material. It was fascinating to see the TV family man of my childhood on the same bill as Mooney and be as funny, but also as dirty.