A Month Before He Died, Bob Saget Opened Up On How Comedy Helped Him 'Survive'


When the world learned of Bob Saget's death, social media exploded with shock and sadness over the passing of the star.

Celebrity tributes as well of fan tributes flooded just about every website to remember the great comedian Bob Saget.

But as sad as we are, it's also good to look back and remember all the hard work he did, as well as the way comedy helped shape him.

Sunday, Jan 9th, Bob Saget passed away at the age of 65.

Anyone who had ever watched Full House (or a fan of his comedy sketches) was full of sadness and expressed their pain and grief online.

It was a very shocking and sudden death, which left people more emotional than ever.

With nowhere to go, people took to social media to talk about Saget, remembering his best comedy routines or scenes from 'Full House'.

While Full House isn't the only thing on his resume, it is what made him such a legend, especially for people who were growing up during the '90s. Since 'Full House', Bob Saget has since starred in many shows, include Entourage, as well as voice work on How I Met Your Mother.

But for as much as we are sad, it's also important to look at Bob Saget's life and remember everything good that he gave to his children, his wife Kelly Rizzo, his friends, and his fans.

Giphy | The Masked Singer

One of those things being how much he loved comedy, so much so, that he admitted it helped him survive.

About a month ago, Saget spoke to CBS News Chief Medical correspondent Dr. Jon Lapook about how comedy has helped him.

Especially throughout all the toughest moments of his life, such as the passing of both of his sisters.

Andrea passed in 1985 due to a brain aneurysm, and in 1994 he lost his sister Gay to scleroderma.

When his sister Gay died at 47, Saget turned to comedy to help him through the pain.

"I would dance in the living room and just start dancing, dancing stupid, to make anybody laugh, like silent film stars," he said.

He wasn't an actor at the time who was looking to turn comedy into a career, but he knew that comedy would be enough to at least uplift his own spirits.


"I knew some jokes, but it wasn't really jokes. It was just like 'I've got to perform. I've got to make people laugh.' "

He went on to express how badly his family needed comedy in order to move through the pain they were dealing with after losing both sisters.

"It was a defense mechanism and it truly helped me survive. And it helped keep me mentally alive rather than letting it destroy me."

But it wasn't just comedy he turned to when his sister passed.

He decided to dedicate his life to more than just that. He took it upon himself to advocate and fund research for scleroderma in order to raise awareness and find a cure.

"No one should have to suffer as Gay did."

"Which is why I'm committed to finding a cure and a proud board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation," he said through the foundation's Instagram page.

Through remembering all the good he did for both the foundation and for comedy allows people to remember him fondly.

other | ABC Network

Although the pain will always be there, it's important to remember the positive light someone like Saget had over his fans, family, and friends.

In the meantime, to work through your feelings, you can do what I have done, and watch this video for the 5th time.

Jimmy Kimmel's tribute to Saget is certianly one of the more emotional ones.

RIP to the comedian, Full House star, and beloved family man that was Bob Saget.

H/T: People