Bob Saget Recalls John Mayer's First Attempt At Stand-Up Comedy
By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta
June 15, 2021
John Mayer's transition from pop star to guitar hero wasn't easy, but he made it happen with a little help from his friends.
So when Mayer wanted to try stand-up comedy, he turned to another longtime pal, Bob Saget.
Saget says he met Mayer circa 2003 and asked him to play a benefit for his Scleroderma Research Foundation. Mayer accepted the offer, played the benefit and he and Saget struck up a friendship.
"And then he wanted to do stand-up," Saget recalled to Q104.3 New York Jim Kerr and Shelli Sonstein Tuesday morning. "So I took him to a club in L.A., the Laugh Factory, and he did it and it was the first time and he had a couple of good laughs."
Saget continued: "It wasn't a question of, 'Can I get him on?' You know? And then he sang something after trying to do some funny, perverted farm animal jokes that I, of course, said, 'Oh, do that!' And then we just started being friends. He is a miraculous friend."
While Mayer didn't stick with stand-up, he's often performed over the years with another mutual friend, Dave Chappelle. The pair made news last summer when they performed an outdoor show in Dave's hometown in Ohio.
"It's hilarious," Saget says of the unlikely team. "They just go into any song. John can play any song and Dave Chappelle knows the lyrics to almost every song that exists. You know, 'More Than Words,' he's singing with John Mayer. You know, it's just adorable."
Now that live shows are coming back all over the United States, Saget is in New York playing Levity Live in West Nyack, New York, June 15 - 16.
He says the pandemic shutdowns and reopenings have him committed to touring stand-up like he hasn't been in years.
"I'm here also in New York, not just to do some stand-up all the time — because I'm in that mode where I haven't been in since 1995 — and it's all new stuff that I'm doing. It's really because I get to perform again in front of people."
Watch the full interview via the player above!