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

Dave Chappelle performs surprise set at star-studded Bob Saget tribute which raised $1.2M for scleroderma research

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.’

Did it for Bob: Five-time Emmy winner Dave Chappelle (M) 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

Did it for Bob: Five-time Emmy winner Dave Chappelle (M) 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

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. 

The 49-year-old controversial comedian said onstage the Beverly Wilshire Hotel: '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: ‘Tonight I got drunk 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 to him months before his January 9 death and vowed to continue to do him 'favors forever'

‘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’

John Mayer co-hosted the $500-a-ticket Cool Comedy Hot Cuisine Tribute

Jimmy Kimmel co-hosted the $500-a-ticket Cool Comedy Hot Cuisine Tribute

Jeff Ross co-hosted the $500-a-ticket Cool Comedy Hot Cuisine Tribute

Emcees: 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 (from L-R) John Mayer, Jimmy Kimmel and Jeff Ross

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

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

On their feet! 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

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.

Still can't believe he's gone: 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

Still can’t believe he’s gone: 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

Serenade: 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

Serenade: 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

Other celebrity guests showing up for Bob on Wednesday was his Fuller House onscreen daughter Jodie Sweetin

Other celebrity guests showing up for Bob on Wednesday was his Fuller House castmate Lori Loughlin

TV family: Other celebrity guests showing up for Bob on Wednesday were his Fuller House castmates Jodie Sweetin (L) and Lori Loughlin (R) 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 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.

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

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

RIP: The Philadelphia-born funnyman - 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

RIP: The Philadelphia-born funnyman – 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

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

Saget told CBS This Morning in January: 'When she was still coherent, I could still try to tell her stories and then put some humor in it. 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'

Saget told CBS This Morning in January: ‘When she was still coherent, I could still try to tell her stories and then put some humor in it. 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’ 

‘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.

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