Mourning but make it funny: Bob Saget’s pals reunite for another ‘punk rock shiva’
The famous friends of beloved comedian Bob Saget reunited for a second time at the Comedy Story over the weekend to send off the “Full House” star.
Pals Jeff Ross and John Mayer were joined by John Stamos, Dave Chappelle, Jim Carrey and Chris Rock in what Ross described as a sequel to their “impromptu punk rock shiva” at the Comedy Store in West Hollywood on Sunday.
The group — also joined by Saget’s widow, Kelly Rizzo, and daughters Aubrey and Lara — hosted a similar event on Jan. 16 after Saget’s “fancy funeral” in a private room upstairs at the comedy venue, Ross said on Instagram.
Stamos reflects on more than 35 years of friendship with his beloved ‘Full House’ co-star, who died Jan. 9 at 65.
On Sunday, they expanded their audience and moved to the Comedy Store’s main room.
“We laughed and cried for four hours,” Ross said of the first event, posting photos of him, Mayer, Chappelle and others sharing the stage then. “Tonight we are doing it again in the Main Room for his friends and family.”
The famed roast-master encouraged followers to donate to the Scleroderma Research Foundation if Saget “ever made you smile.” Proceeds from the show also benefited the foundation.
Musician John Mayer and comic Jeff Ross had to get Bob Saget’s car back from LAX. So they decided to go live on Instagram and honor the late ‘Full House’ star.
“It’s a terrible disease that mostly affects women. Finding a cure is a mission that meant a lot to Bob personally,” he added.
Indeed, Saget became a pitchman for scleroderma research and a vocal supporter of the charity after his sister Gay died from the disease in 1996.
The “America‘s Funniest Home Videos” host was found dead Jan. 9 in his hotel room in Orlando, Fla., hours after performing on his comedy tour.
According to TMZ, the Comedy Store made only a limited number of tickets available to the public for Sunday’s stand-up show.
The show was produced by Saget’s longtime friend Mike Binder and included performances by Carrey, Rock, Jackson Browne, Mayer, Darren Criss, Michael Keaton, Jon Lovitz, Seth Green, Mike Young, Jodie Sweeten, Paul Rodriguez and Byron Allen.
Here’s a look at The Times’ coverage of comedian Bob Saget, from his sitcom days on the 1990s comedy “Full House” to its Netflix revival and beyond.
“Since Bob left this world mid-joke on a comedy tour, it only felt right to honor his memory in a place where the lights are low, the drinks flow freely, and the gut-punch of pain is overcome with belly laughs of love,” a representative for Stamos said in a statement to The Times Tuesday.
Stamos and Mayer, who were pallbearers at Saget’s funeral, also formed an impromptu house band for the event and ended the night with a singalong led by Saget’s widow and daughters.
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