Bob Saget, Norm Macdonald and losing someone ‘before their time’

As Pete Davidson, John Stamos and other stars paid tribute to comedian and “Full House” star Bob Saget, many are remembering his deep friendship with fellow standup Norm Macdonald and the tribute he paid to him when he died just four months ago.

Nobody seemed to feel Macdonald’s loss like Saget, and some of the things Saget said about Macdonald, who died of cancer on Sept. 14 at age 61, could be said of Saget, who died suddenly on Sunday at age 65.

“I can’t accept that he’s gone and that’s the shock we’re going through,” Saget said in the Sept. 21 episode of his podcast, “Bob Saget’s Here for You.”

“Sixty-one! That’s a sin,” Saget said. “That’s a sin for all of us that he’s gone.”

We really lost Norm MacDonald and Bob Saget within months. Unreal.

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“He told me he loved me and he told me publicly, and I loved him. I love him,” Saget said, explaining that he was having trouble talking about Macdonald in the past tense. “What do we do with that? When we lose someone, especially before their time?”

Macdonald and Saget met when they were 17 and 21 respectively and just starting out in standup. They professionally teamed up for the 1998 cult comedy, “Dirty Work.”

Their work on the film came after Saget had become a national icon for playing wholesome patriarch Danny Tanner on “Full House” and had just finished his eight-year run as the host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” He was also known for his raunchy stand-up comedy. Meanwhile, “Dirty Work” was the first starring vehicle for Macdonald, who was coming off his infamous firing from “Saturday Night Live” for reportedly telling too many jokes about O.J. Simpson being a murderer on Weekend Update.

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Comedians Jon Lovitz and Norm Macdonald on stage at the “Comedy Central Roast Of Bob Saget” on the Warner Brothers Lot on August 3, 2008 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Comedy Central) 

During his podcast, Saget focused on Macdonald’s memorable set when he was roasted on Comedy Central in 2008. In fact, Saget called Macdonald’s performance an “anti-roast” and said his friend didn’t “like the form.” It was certainly unlike anything usually seen before on one of these celebrity roasts.

“I talked to him a week before the roast and he said, ‘I can’t say mean things about you because you’re my friend,’” Saget said. He recalled how Macdonald sat in the audience, reading the sports pages, while the other comedians hurled their sometimes ribald insults at him.

Macdonald had told Saget that he planned to “read jokes from a ’40s joke book.” What followed was a “clean” roast of the “Full House” star with Macdonald, in a purposefully stilted delivery, reading out jokes from note cards and dropping in a few profanities to stick to the flavor of the show.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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