I recently had the privilege and pleasure of opening for Bob Saget’s TV Special taping at The Moore Theatre in Seattle. Before I go any further I must tell you that I was recently told to not be so humble or self-deprecating when it comes to my achievements. I honestly have to be, because I’m just not a guy who can toot my own horn too loudly. Those who toot the loudest usually are off-key and poorly trained, so I keep my tooting down a bit.
But opening for Bob was awesome. Really, really fun. First, Bob Saget’s one of the nicest guys I’ve met in comedy and show business. Truly a sweet guy who has a comedic dark streak and embraces it. His history as a TV host and the TV dad (possibly the only one they ever had) to the Olsen Twins belies the fact that his act is “dirty,” hilarious, and unflinching. And it’s not “in your face,” it’s just there to be laughed about. I was really happy to work with him again, and he was very gracious in meeting my wife and good friends backstage. He’d met some of my buddies earlier this year at the Snoqualmie Casino show we did in March, and was just as cool. Consistency is truth.
Second, and screw the humility a moment, there’s a point in every comedians dreams where a full club is roaring with laughter and screaming and you can’t hear yourself think because your last words got ‘em frothy. That happened for me a few times that night. Having over 1,000 people go nuts like that – AND YOU DIDN’T EVEN HAVE TO SAY ‘WHAT’S UP SEAATTLLLEEE?!?!?” was a huge moment in my comedy career. It was a wall of appreciation, laughter, and good taste. I took a moment to take it all in.
Finally, in this market it’s tough to build on that success because there’s not too much else to do. BUT, I have been bugging Bob about doing some work in Vegas. He likes my stuff, I show up and do my work and get his crowd amped, and we get along greatly. So we’ll see what else happens. In the meantime I’ll be at my desk working on my Project Management certifications, hearing some new blowhard talk about all the things wrong with Project Management in America, wondering if this guy understands how loud his tooting is.
I have caught several of Geoff’s shows over the years and he just gets better and better. I think Sagat could make a living at this.