Bob Saget’s star-studded tribute show raises $1.2 million for scleroderma research


Five-time Emmy Award winner Dave Chappelle performed a surprise stand-up set at a star-studded Bob Saget tribute in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night that raised $1.2 million for the Scleroderma Research Foundation.

“I got drunk tonight because I love Bob so much. Bob, I can feel you in this room tonight,” the 49-year-old controversial comedian said on stage at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

“What a fantastic human being.”

Do it for Bob: Five-time Emmy winner Dave Chappelle (M) performed a surprise stand-up set at a star-studded Bob Saget tribute in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night that raised $1.2 million for the Scleroderma Research Foundation

Do it for Bob: Five-time Emmy winner Dave Chappelle (M) performed a surprise stand-up set at a star-studded Bob Saget tribute in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night that raised $1.2 million for the Scleroderma Research Foundation

Dave – who felt like he was ‘bombed’ – shared a video message the late Full House star sent him months before his death on January 9, and vowed to continue doing him ‘favors forever’.

Bill Burr, Kevin Nealon and Howie Mandel also performed sets on the $500 Cool Comedy Hot Cuisine Tribute ticket – which was co-hosted by John Mayer, Jimmy Kimmel and Jeff Ross.

One emotional moment was when Joel McHale asked the audience to give standing ovation in honor of Bob, who served on the SRF board and hosted the same event for 30 years.

John Stamos presented a moving eight-minute tribute film Love, Laughter and Scleroderma — which was dedicated to Saget’s work, raising more than $26 million for the organization.

The controversial comedian, 49, said on stage at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel: 'I got drunk tonight because I love Bob so much.  Bob, I can feel you in this room tonight'

The controversial comedian, 49, said on stage at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel: ‘I got drunk tonight because I love Bob so much. Bob, I can feel you in this room tonight’

‘What a fantastic human being’: Dave – who felt like he was ‘bombing’ – shared a video message the late Full House star sent him months before his death on January 9 and vowed to continue doing him ‘favors forever “

On foot!  One emotional moment was when Joel McHale asked the audience to give a standing ovation in honor of Bob

Bob was an SRF board member and hosted the same event for 30 years

On foot! One emotional moment was when Joel McHale asked the audience to give a standing ovation in honor of Bob, who was a board member of the SRF and hosted the same event for 30 years

Mayer, who also co-chairs SRF, auctioned off two of his guitars and performed several songs dedicated to the Grammy-nominated comedian, including his 2017 song You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me.

SRF board member Susan Feniger, as usual, provided the culinary kitchen for the annual benefit.

Other celebrity guests who appeared for Bob on Wednesday included his Fuller House castmates Jodie Sweetin and Laurie Laughlin, as well as Norman Lear, Rosie O’Donnell, Kathy Griffin, Nikki Glaser, Regina Hall, Seth Green, Jonathan Silverman, Tom Bergeron, and Amy Yasbeck.

Saget’s second wife and SRF co-chair — Eat Travel Rock TV host Kelly Rizzo — proudly poses with his 32-year-old daughter Lara Melanie and 35-year-old daughter Aubrey.

I still can't believe he's gone: John Stamos unveiled a moving eight-minute tribute film, Love, Laughter and Scleroderma, which celebrated Saget's work, which raised more than $26 million for the organization

I still can’t believe he’s gone: John Stamos unveiled a moving eight-minute tribute film, Love, Laughter and Scleroderma, which celebrated Saget’s work, which raised more than $26 million for the organization

Serenade: Mayer, who also co-chairs SRF, auctioned two of his guitars and performed several songs dedicated to the Grammy-nominated comedian, including his 2017 song You're Gonna Live Forever in Me

Serenade: Mayer, who also co-chairs SRF, auctioned two of his guitars and performed several songs dedicated to the Grammy-nominated comedian, including his 2017 song You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me

Other celebrity guests who popped up for Bob on Wednesday included his Fuller House on-screen daughter Jodie Sweetin

Other celebrity guests who popped up for Bob on Wednesday included his co-star Lori Laughlin

TV family: Other celebrity guests who appeared for Bob on Wednesday included his Fuller House castmates Jodie Sweetin (left) and Lori Laughlin (right), as well as Norman Lear, Rosie O’Donnell, Kathy Griffin, Nikki Glaser, Regina Hall, Seth Green, Jonathan Silverman, Tom Bergeron and Amy Yasbeck

The Philadelphia-born entertainer also fathered daughter Jennifer Bell, 29, during his 15-year marriage to Sherry Kramer, which ended in 1997.

Bob, who tested positive for COVID-19, died mysteriously at age 65 on January 9 in his sleep from a subdural hematoma and subarachnoid hemorrhage resulting from blunt force trauma to the head.

In his final interview, Saget recalled a touching moment he shared with his sister Gay Saget before her death, aged 47, in 1993 after a four-year battle with connective tissue disease.

“When she was still coherent, I could still try to tell her the stories and then put some humor in them,” said the America’s Funniest Home Videos alum CBS This Morning in January.

Survived by his family: Saget's second wife and SRF co-chair - Eat Travel Rock TV host Kelly Rizzo (M) - proudly poses with two of his three daughters - Lara Melanie, 32 (left) and Aubrey, 35 (right )

Survived by his family: Saget’s second wife and SRF co-chair – Eat Travel Rock TV host Kelly Rizzo (M) – proudly poses with two of his three daughters – Lara Melanie, 32 (left) and Aubrey, 35 (right )

RIP: The Philadelphia-born entertainer - who tested positive for COVID-19 - mysteriously died aged 65 on January 9 in his sleep from a subdural hematoma and subarachnoid haemorrhage as a result of blunt force trauma to the head

RIP: The Philadelphia-born entertainer – who tested positive for COVID-19 – mysteriously died aged 65 on January 9 in his sleep from a subdural hematoma and subarachnoid haemorrhage as a result of blunt force trauma to the head

Grieving brother: In his final interview, Bob recalled a touching moment he shared with his sister Gay Saget (pictured) before her death, aged 47, in 1993 after a four-year battle with connective tissue disease

Grieving brother: In his final interview, Bob recalled a touching moment he shared with his sister Gay Saget (pictured) before her death, aged 47, in 1993 after a four-year battle with connective tissue disease

Saget told CBS This Morning in January, “When she was still coherent, I could still try to tell her the stories and then put some humor in them.  It just happened naturally in our conversations... It's so healthy to laugh.  You know that.  And I've been there, done that, and I know it's healing for people

Saget told CBS This Morning in January, “When she was still coherent, I could still try to tell her the stories and then put some humor in them. It just happened naturally in our conversations… It’s so healthy to laugh. You know that. And I’ve been there, done it, and I know it’s healing for people.’

“It just happened naturally in our conversations… It’s so healthy to laugh. You know that. And I’ve been there, done that, and I know it’s healing for people.

On October 23, Bob announced he filmed his last subject – Tom Waits – for the Martin Mull documentary he was directing, but it is unclear whether he was able to complete the final cut.

Saget’s last acting role was as Lawrence in Jeremy LaLonde’s yet-to-be-released heirarchy comedy Daniel’s Gotta Die.





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