To generations of fans, Dave Coulier will always be Joey. And he’s good with that.
Coulier likens his stand-up routine to the TV shows he’s best known for – “Full House” from 1987 to 1995 on ABC and the popular Netflix Original Series “Fuller House,” soon returning for a fifth season.
It’s all family entertainment.
And he’s happy to be a part of it as he continues to draw in an entirely new generation of fans who find themselves binging the reprise on Netflix.
“It’s pretty incredible to still be relevant all these years later,” he said.
Coulier will perform his stand-up routine at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. Tickets range from $30 to $40 at www.rauecenter.org or 815-356-9212.
Described as clean comedy, Coulier’s routine includes his many voices.
He’s been known to mimic celebrities and cartoon characters, putting them into unexpected situations. He’s also known for incorporating some harmonica playing into the routine.
“It’s a show that anybody can come to,” he said. “I kind of walk that fine line between naughty and nice, but people bring their pre-teens to the show a lot. I’ve always been rooted in family entertainment, and that’s what I bring to the stage. Oh, and it’s funny.”
Along with a stand-up comedy tour and his role on “Fuller House,” Coulier has directed numerous episodes of the Netflix series. The show recently won the People’s Choice, Kids’ Choice and Teen Choice awards for favorite family sitcom and received a 2018 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Children’s Program.
The overwhelming success of the reprise caught Coulier and everyone else involved somewhat by surprise.
“It’s really tough to gauge something like that, but once we put the deal together with Netlfix and saw what the response was from the audience, it was just incredible,” he said. “It’s amazing to be this popular from a show that we started in 1987.”
The series is cross-generational, he said, with parents enjoying it along with their children.
Those involved didn’t want a New Coke sort of situation when they reprised the show, he said. The idea was to keep the “Full House” formula the same, he said.
“It’s a family show, and I think that people get a sense that we really do care about each other,” he said. “It’s hard to fake that. It’s either there or not. I think that comes across on screen. For a lot of kids, it’s kind of video comfort food. They know they’re safe. Parents know their kids are safe watching the show.”
Coulier had no comment on the impact of the recent Netflix firing of Lori Loughlin, who portrayed Aunt Becky on both “Full House” and “Fuller House,” and the impact it will have on the series. Loughlin was one of the many people indicted by the U.S. Attorney for their alleged involvement in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.
Along with “Fuller House,” Coulier has been featured in many Saturday morning cartoon favorites, doing voices for Hanna-Barbera’s “ScoobyDoo” and the resyndicated version of “The Jetsons.” For “The Muppet Babies,” he portrayed Animal, Bunsen Honeydew, Waldorf and Statler (The two old guys in the balcony) and Bean Bunny.
Coulier appeared on VH1’s “The Surreal Life” and partnered with Nancy Kerrigan on Fox’s “Skating with Celebrities.”
He’s also hosted several television shows, including “America’s Funniest People,” “World’s Funniest Videos,” “Out of Control” for Nickelodeon, “Animal Kidding” on the Animal Planet Network and “America’s Most Talented Kids” for ION Television.
These days, he said, he’s pitching several movies he’s written, along with a television series he calls “Little Stinkers,” in which children prank adults.
Through it all, he said he’s stuck with advice given to him years ago by Jay Leno – something along the lines of, “if you work clean, you’ll be able to work everywhere.”
“That’s turned out to be very true,” he said.