Five-time Emmy winner Dave Chappelle performed a surprise stand-up set at the star-studded Bob Saget tribute in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night, which raised $1.2M for the Scleroderma Research Foundation.
‘Tonight I got drunk because I love Bob so much. Bob, I can feel you in this room tonight,’ the 49-year-old controversial comedian said onstage the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
‘What a fantastic human being.’
Dave – who felt like he was ‘bombing’ – shared a video message the late Full House star sent to him months before his January 9 death and vowed to continue to do him ‘favors forever.’
Bill Burr, Kevin Nealon, and Howie Mandel also performed sets at the $500-a-ticket Cool Comedy Hot Cuisine Tribute – which was co-hosted by John Mayer, Jimmy Kimmel and Jeff Ross.
One emotional moment was when Joel McHale asked the audience to give a standing ovation in honor of Bob, who was a SRF board member and hosted the same event for 30 years.
John Stamos introduced a touching eight-minute tribute film Love, Laughter, and Scleroderma – which was dedicated to Saget’s work raising over $26M for the organization.
Mayer – who’s also a SRF co-chair – 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 cuisine for the annual benefit.
Other celebrity guests showing up for Bob on Wednesday were his Fuller House castmates Jodie Sweetin and Lori Loughlin 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 posed with his 32-year-old daughter Lara Melanie and 35-year-old daughter Aubrey.
The Philadelphia-born funnyman also fathered 29-year-old daughter Jennifer Belle during his 15-year marriage to Sherri Kramer, which ended in 1997.
Bob – who was COVID-19 positive – mysteriously died, age 65, on January 9 in his sleep from subdural hematoma and subarachnoid hemorrhage resulting from blunt head trauma.
In his final interview, Saget recalled a touching moment he shared with his sister Gay Saget before her death, age 47, in 1993 following a four-year battle with the connective tissue disease.
‘When she was still coherent, I could still try to tell her stories and then put some humor in it,’ the America’s Funniest Home Videos alum told CBS This Morning in January.
‘It just happened naturally in our conversations…It is so healthy to laugh. You know that. And I’m out there doing it and I know it’s healing for people.’
On October 23, Bob announced he filmed his final subject – Tom Waits – for the Martin Mull documentary he was directing, but it’s unclear if he got to finish the final cut.
Saget’s final acting role was portraying Lawrence in Jeremy LaLonde’s Cayman Islands-set inheritance comedy Daniel’s Gotta Die, which has yet to be released.