November 17th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
Joey and Steph together again? Cut. It. Out.
In a “Full House” reunion of sorts, Dave Coulier and Jodie Sweetin star in the web series “Can’t Get Arrested,” which pokes fun at some of their post-“Full House” experiences in Hollywood.
You may recall that Coulier played Joey Gladstone on “Full House” throughout the series’ 1987-1995 run, and Sweetin played his niece, Stephanie.
Die-hard fans (is there a name, like Full HouseHeads or something?) know that Stephanie wasn’t Joey’s biological niece; rather, she was his best friend’s daughter whom he helped raise.
“Full House” is famous for being as squeaky clean as Danny Tanner’s kitchen floors and so saccharine sweet as to trigger diabetic comas in non-diabetics. It was apologetically un-ironic (“What ever happened to predictability,” anyone?), but people who grew up with the sitcom still hold their fond “Full House” memories near and dear. (Even if they’d rather not admit it. How rude!)
Unlike “Full House,” “Can’t Get Arrested” doesn’t spell out the jokes for the audience - and there really are clever jokes that if you blink, you’ll miss them. In the premiere episode, entitled “Full Blouse,” Coulier and Sweetin are photographed having lunch together by the paparazzi.
The photographers, thinking the photo alone is too boring to garner any interest, Photoshop in a “nip slip.” Whoa, baby! The series also features Dennis “Mr. Belding” Haskins as himself.
CNN spoke to Coulier about the backstage antics on “Full House," the possibility of a proper cast reunion and “Can’t Get Arrested.”
CNN: The opening theme for “Can’t Get Arrested” sounds a lot like Tom Waits – is that really you?
Dave Coulier: It is, yes. I wanted to do something with a gritty, downtrodden Hollywood kind of feel. So I got in the recording studio, sang it for the guys and they said “That’s great, love it!”
CNN: Does “Can’t Get Arrested” mirror some of your own post-“Full House” experiences?
DC: It mirrors personal experiences I’ve had. You hear, for example, John Travolta couldn’t get arrested years ago, then all of a sudden his career exploded.
Jodie and I remained pretty good friends - pretty much the whole “Full House” cast are all still great friends - and I wanted to do something really fun with Jodie and kind of make fun of the tabloids and do something where we had the paparazzi as kind of an angle for our show. Jodie loved my idea, so we went for it!
CNN: Will any other “Full House” cast members be featured on “Can’t Get Arrested”?
DC: In episode four, Candace Cameron comes in, and so there’s kind of a whole thing that happens that directly affects Jodie but I don’t want to give it away. But, yeah, it’s a mini-“Full House” reunion. So for now we’re doing the five episodes and we’ll see if it becomes successful.
CNN: I like the part where you’re talking to your agent about Flava Flav and Public Enemy, and he thinks you’re talking about the James Cagney movie, “The Public Enemy.”
Coulier: That’s what we wanted. I’ve always enjoyed that “Rocky and Bullwinkle”-type humor where it works on a couple of levels, where you’re kind of winking at the camera. At the very least, it makes us laugh in the writers’ room.
The agent is just one of those throwback characters where he’s just so not hip and so out of touch that [it's] a contrast to the paparazzi where they’re constantly on the pulse - everything that happens goes out immediately. I wanted to have a contrasting character that has no idea what that stuff’s about.
CNN: Any plans for a proper “Full House” reunion show or TV movie?
DC: Well I actually had dinner with John Stamos and Lori Loughlin last week, and we were talking about that because so many people ask us that question so often. We’re talking about doing something that’s really cool but we have to address a bunch of legal issues first regarding rights but hopefully we can get it together.
CNN: Do you think you can get everybody on board?
DC: It’s hard to say, but I think that if we can do the idea we’re talking about, it’ll pique everyone’s interest.
CNN: Any behind-the-scenes “Full House” tidbits you care to share?
DC: Have you heard about our gum wall? We used to chew gum and right before we would enter the living room set...you’d stick your gum on the wall. So people started writing stuff like, “Check your fly” on the gum wall. This was during the Saddam Hussein thing - the first one - and I remember someone wrote “Blow Saddam away,” and we were all like, “Who wrote ‘Blow Saddam away on there?!“
And it turned out it was Candace and she was just a teenager and we were like, “Why did you write that on the gum wall?” And she goes, “I don’t know, I heard it.”
I also remember telling Mary-Kate and Ashley that if they flapped their arms really fast they could actually lift off the ground. There’s video somewhere where I’m running around and they’re running around and I’m telling them “If you run, and then flap your arms really fast and go ‘Tweet, tweet, tweet,’ I’m pretty sure you can get airborne.” And they’re running behind me and we’re all flapping our arms going “Tweet, tweet, tweet” because they think if they follow my instructions that we’ll all fly.
CNN: We heard that there is a lost "Full House" pilot out there featuring a different Danny Tanner. Is that true?
DC: Yeah his name was John Posey. We shot the whole pilot before Bob [Saget] came onboard and then John Stamos and I did a screen test with Bob. It was so weird because Bob and I had been friends since I was 18 years old. I was just a struggling stand up comedian in Detroit when I met Bob, and when “Full House” came along, he told me, “Do you know how weird this is gonna be if we get this?”
If a “Full House” reunion were to come to fruition (Have mercy!), what would you like to see happen?
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