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Bob Saget: the Man, the Myth, the Caricature

Portrait Unveiling and Party to Honor Bob Saget and The Drowsy Chaperone

Monday, January 7th, 2008
Tony's di Napoli
West 43rd
Between Broadway and 6th Ave.

Written by John Janusz

Portrait of Bob Saget by Artist Dan May


Bruce Dimpflmaier (the Manager of Tony's di Napoli),
Valerie Smaldone, and Bob Saget
Photo Credit Mark Rupp

For more than two decades Bob Saget has been a household name. He is most famously known for his role as clean-cut, Danny Tanner in the ABC sitcom Full House from 1987 to 1995 and as host of America’s Funniest Home Videos from 1989 to 1997. Today, still he remains in the spotlight as the host of the NBC game show 1 vs. 100 as well as the narrator of the CBS comedy series How I met Your Mother. Although Saget is recognized for his family-friendly persona it is also known by many, though not quite as much in the mainstream, that he is reputed for using edgy humor during his stand-up performances and movie roles such as Half-Baked. Any specific references to this style of humor have been omitted from this article. However, the reason for this article is not to discuss the polar opposite images some of us have of Saget. Instead, the subject is an event held last week within NYC’s Theater District in honor of Bob Saget, the Broadway actor, for his lead role in The Drowsy Chaperone [The Drowsy Chaperone ran on Broadway from April 3, 2006 through December 30, 2007]. He took over the role of “Man In Chair” in October 2007.

This past Monday Bob Saget was honored with a caricature portrait in the prestigious Entertainment Icons Gallery of Tony’s di Napoli Restaurant, an event hosted by radio personality Valerie Smaldone. The intimate dedication ceremony was held in a private room at Tony’s where Saget, his fellow cast members and some of his close friends gathered for the portrait unveiling. There was good food, drink, humor and a heart-felt sentimental acceptance speech of gratitude and respect made by Saget towards his colleagues and friends. Although he will likely remain most known by the vast majority of this world for his role as Danny Tanner, in this circle he is now known as a Broadway Star.

Valerie Smaldone & Comic Paul Provenza
Photo Credit Mark Rupp

Troy Britton Johnson & Gerry Vichi
Photo Credit Mark Rupp

Valerie Smaldone & Bob Saget
Photo Credit Mark Rupp


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