For those who haven't followed Bob Saget lately, he still has a squeaky-clean image as the head of the Tanner family on Full House and the erstwhile host with the terribly lame but G-rated jokes on America's Funniest Home Videos.
However, as viewers of the controversial but hilarious documentary The Artistocrats know, director Paul Provenza brilliantly centered that film on Bob Saget's version of the notoriously filthy joke, so shockingly expletive-filled and X-rated that he instantly altered his G-rated image forever for anyone who saw it.
Saget seems a fitting choice as a guest/victim for Comedy Central's raunchy "Roast" series, in which a celebrity and his or her career is basically "ripped a new one" by the Roastmaster (in this case Full House co-star John Stamos) and guest roasters - here Greg Giraldo, Norm MacDonald, Jeffery Ross, Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman, Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Norton, Brian Posehn and, perhaps best of all, Cloris Leachman.
Like The Aristocrats, the roast is definitely not for the easily offended, as the raunchy jokes fly fast and furious, including from Stamos (it was still rather surprising but funny to see "Uncle Jesse" using raunchy language directed at the head of the Tanner clan).
Of the roasters, I found Giraldo, Gottfried and Norton to be among the funniest, though each roaster has their moments - save perhaps for Norm MacDonald. MacDonald's act consists of deliberately telling extremely corny jokes that are more groan-worthy than laugh-out-loud funny (Sample: "Bob... you have lot of well-wishers here tonight, and a lot of them would like to throw you down... a well.") His act is sometimes an acquired taste and doesn't always work - and based on the groans and nervous laughter from the audience, it didn't seem to work well on this night.
Also, while the show starts off strong with Giraldo, the raunchy jokes actually become too repetitive. They consist mainly of four categories:
Overall, while not all the jokes work (and some are repetitive), there are plenty of laughs on this DVD. Still, those easily offended (and/or those who still hold a clean-cut image of Saget) might need to be warned ahead of time. Their image of Dad Tanner (and Uncle Jesse) will never be the same.
The extras mainly focus on pre- and post-roast interviews and consist largely of more of the same raunchy humor.
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