Bob Saget Gathers 'Fuller House' Cast, Jokes with Jimmy Kimmel at Scleroderma Benefit
Saget's benefit drew an A-list crowd, inlcuding Jack Black, Alan Thicke, Don Rickles and the stars of 'Entourage.'
Leave it to Bob Saget to turn a fundraiser into a night of laughs and entertainment. Saget enlisted friends and fellow Fuller House castmembers John Stamos, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber, as well as comedians Jack Black, Jimmy Kimmel, Jeff Garlin and Jim Gaffigan for a night of laughs at the Cool Comedy-Hot Cuisine fundraiser for the Scleroderma Research Foundation on Friday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
“I did a benefit with this great woman, Sharon Monsky, who is the founder. My sister was healthy at that time, and then a couple of years later, my sister Gay came down with scleroderma, which we had no idea what it was," said Saget, who has been involved with the foundation for 25 years. "They didn't know what was wrong with her. Then, she passed away in 1994 from it. ... The disease … has been hopeless for a lot of people.”
Guests including Alan Thicke, Seth Green, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara and Entourage director Doug Ellin enjoyed Latin-inspired dishes from Top Chef Masters' Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken.
“How did everyone get so drunk so quickly?” asked Kimmel when joining Saget onstage. “I mean, we’ve only been here for like an hour and 45 minutes.”
Kimmel and Saget led the live auction, with Kimmel having to quiet the loud audience, who spent most of the time out of their seats and conversing with fellow attendees.
“God damn it, this is the guy that’s going to be the star of Fuller House on Netflix,” quipped Kimmel after he asked the crowd to settle down.
The two comedians exchanged funny banter while auctioning exclusive vacations and restaurant tastings. Queen Latifah (whose mother has scleroderma) won a trip to the Bahamas for $16,000, and Connolly won a trip to New York.
Jim Gaffigan and The Goldbergs’ Jeff Garlin each performed stand-up in the presence of comedian Don Rickles, now 89, who had some words for Bob Saget.
“Why do you have to send your act up your ass?” joked Rickles. “He’s made a a lot of money, as you can see by the turnout.”
“Enjoy your wife, enjoy your girlfriend, enjoy life,” added Rickles. “Booze it up, and remember he’s [God] always watching us.”
The evening concluded with a performance by John Mayer. The benefit raised $600,000 for scleroderma research.