This is how it’s done. “Dirty Daddy: The Bob Saget Tribute” is exactly the sort of send-off beloved comics deserve and have earned from us.
“Dirty Daddy” was thrown together shortly after the guy Chris Rock labeled “‘America’s Dad’… that’s not a convicted rapist” passed away, on tour in Orlando. Part tribute, part roast, with a moving eulogy and a goofy sing-along at the finish, this gathering of comics — and Jackson Browne and John Mayer — is off the cuff, unrehearsed, under-produced, raw and real.
A string of comics, mostly from Saget’s generation and almost to a one “his best friend,” remember their colleague, tell off-color stories about the comic who gained fame from “Full House” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” and pay their loving respects to Saget’s family, including his widow Kelly Rizzo-Saget, who takes the stage at The Comedy Store at one point.
“Keep it short,” Jim Carrey stage hisses at her as she steps to the mike.
“Full House” co-star and longtime Saget pal John Stamos may be the MC, show a lovely video in tribute and give Saget a warm eulogy to open the winter evening’s honors. But Jeff Ross, comedy’s “Roast the Most” king, is here, so you know it’s going to be that sort of night.
Carrey, bedecked in a coat from the Cruella DeVil Collection, soberly recall’s Saget’s death, looks around the room and muses “what everybody here’s thinking, Who’s NEXT?'”
His best guess? Ross.
“You think I LIKE looking like Bruce Willis if he ‘Died Hard?'”
Ross and Carrey slow-jam/riff off each other to the slow blues of an onstage band that includes Mayer and Darren Criss, Rock joins them onstage just long enough to find a couple of lines, and cross those lines, and Browne and Mayer perform songs dedicated to Saget.
Michael Keaton, Tim Allen and Jon Lovitz appear in videos. Fun fact. Saget’s Florida tour coincided with Lovitz and Allen performing at a lot of the same venues as Saget at the same time he was. Winter is Vintage Comic Season in the Sunshine State.
Allen got the news that his friend and colleague had died, and fretted about how Saget got the better Orlando hotel suite. Lovitz expresses heartfelt guilt at not making it to either Saget’s funeral (clips of that earlier non-public event are shown) or this Comedy Store tribute.
“Well, it’s not like he’s COMING to MINE!”
It’s all loose and unfiltered and full of Betty White and Louis Anderson jokes, and even a jab at Saget’s good-sport widow delivered by sometime funnyman and film director Mike Binder (“The Upside of Anger,” “The Comedy Store” TV documentary).
“You know when I think it’s too soon, it’s F—-D up,” Ross bellows across the stage.
Indeed. Just the way Bob Saget would’ve wanted it.
Rating: TV-MA, profanity and lots of it
Cast: Chris Rock, Jim Carrey, Jeff Ross, John Stamos, John Mayer, Kelly Rizzo-Saget, Dave Chapelle, Tim Allen, Jackson Browne, Paul Rodriguez, Byron Allen, Seth Green and Bob Saget.
Credits: Directed by Mike Binder. A Netflix release.
Running time: 1:24