Dirty Daddy: The Bob Saget Tribute 2022 Movie Review
The all-star tribute to Bob Saget took place at the end of January at The Comedy Store, with the audience there as a fund-raiser for the Scleroderma Research Foundation. The foundation’s home page still pays tribute to Saget, for good reason: The late comedian hosted and produced benefits in an attempt to research better therapies, and ultimately, a cure for scleroderma, which had killed his sister. He regularly attracted the biggest names in comedy and music to his cause. Now they were paying it back for him.
The tribute, produced by Mike Binder (who’d known Saget since they both started performing at the Store fresh out of school) and hosted more or less by John Stamos and Jeff Ross, also included Chris Rock, Jim Carrey, John Mayer, Darren Criss, Bob’s widow Kelly Rizzo-Saget, Mike Binder, Jackson Browne, Seth Green, Mike Young, Michael Keaton, Candace Cameron Bure, Dave Coulier, Dave Chappelle, Tim Allen, Paul Rodriguez, Jon Lovitz, and two of Bob’s kids, Lara and Aubrey Saget.
When someone famous of cultural importance dies, we’ve become accustomed to the idea of tuning in to a livestream or televised memorial for that person. But when did we reach the point of sitting at home, bored, thinking, hey, why don’t we click on that memorial service from months or years ago? Is this a thing now? Are we already living in this world, and I’m just finding out about it now?
The Netflix tribute to Macdonald carried a different feel to it, precisely because they didn’t share any footage from the actual memorial tribute his friends put on for him last month during the Netflix Is A Joke Festival. Instead, only a few of them participated in a closed-door, no-audience discussion about Macdonald and his final performance. This Saget tribute, on the other hand…
Stamos at one point said the tribute was cathartic for him, and he hoped it’d prove cathartic for viewers, too. All of the famous people in Saget’s life talked about how Saget made everyone around him feel good, and about how he felt best about himself once he was onstage performing. So why would we want to sit around and watch something to make us feel sad about Saget when we could watch him do what he did best: Make us laugh. Give us comfort. Share that “cathedral of love, cathedral of laughter” that Carrey said Saget represented. Is it because Netflix doesn’t have any of Saget’s comedy specials on the platform? Because if you really want to pay tribute to Saget, you’d seek out his comedy, and you’d support his foundation.
True crime may have proven popular and profitable for podcasting and streaming platforms alike, but I really don’t want to see a world in which celebrity or comedian tributes also become a subgenre of streaming. I really don’t want to be writing a Top 10 Comedian Tributes On Streaming list at any point.