TV Junkie Interview: Bob Saget
We last had an interview with Bob Saget a couple years ago as he was preparing to do some shows in LA. Since then he's been roasted on Comedy Central, put together another TV special's worth of new material (to be shot this Spring, most likely), and took a year off to shoot a TV series, "Strange Days With Bob Saget" which premieres tonight on A&E at 10pm with back-to-back episodes.In "Strange Days" Saget tours the country (and world?!) to meet up with various subcultures and see how they work through a process of total immersion. Tonight's premiere episode features Saget riding 1500 miles with a hardcore motorcycle gang, getting hazed as a prospect, witnessing a biker wedding as well as a biker funeral - a week's worth of time that obviously was very moving to Saget by the end of the the ride. Are there moments when the comedian in Saget jokes about himself and the experience? Yes, but these happen in moments on the fly - there is no set-up done by producers or writers for the show, Saget is just being himself in the moment. The second episode tonight features Saget on midnight adventures with the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization - a motley group of eccentrics who do get their fair share of ribbing from Saget but he's open to the experience of joining them through pitch-black jaunts in the woods while guzzling beer and other beverages. Saget made friends on this tour de force, something that wouldn't be possible if people felt they were getting exploited or humiliated.