By Emily Cook
Buckle up, ’90s sitcom junkies. Everyone’s beloved childhood uncle is headed our way. And no, I will not Cut. It. Out. Dave Coulier, otherwise known as Joey Gladstone, will be in town at the end of June as part of his 2015-16 comedy tour. Join him at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse on June 26 and 27 for an evening of clean stand-up.
According to Coulier, both he and his comedy have evolved since his days on “Full House.”
“I have a lot more to talk about because I’ve lived a lot more life,” he says. “And I think that I’ve seen a lot more things to be able to comment about. I think I’ve matured on stage a lot, and with that comes a certain confidence of just knowing that you can relate to your audiences in a very surefire way.”
The substance of his performances has also transformed. “I just had to kind of change with the times. Back when ‘Full House’ was airing on ABC, nobody had ever heard of social media before,” he says. “Not everybody had a cell phone and was tweeting and Instagramming and Facebooking and texting each other. It was a different time, so you do have to change your references. You have to update the point of interest in a joke. It’s a constant process that keeps evolving.”
Attendees should expect to enjoy new material from Coulier’s comedy special forthcoming this fall, “Glorified Birthday Clown.”
Although Coulier’s “Full House” fans encompass a broad demographic, Coulier says his young audience did not influence his decision to offer clean comedy. “To me, funny is funny. I’m not a prude,” he says. “I love the George Carlins and Chris Rocks and Richard Pryors of the world, but that’s just not my style. I think now clean comedy stands out because through the Internet and being bombarded with so much media, there’s really not much shock value. The shock value now comes with people thinking: ‘You work clean? That’s shocking!’ It’s a very strange 180 that our culture has made.”
With regard to the buzzworthy Netflix sequel “Fuller House,” Coulier says, “The first episode is going to be a reunion of sorts, and I know the series is going to focus primarily on the girls.” Most importantly, all fan favorites from the original series have committed and have their deals locked in place, with the exception of Mary Kate and Ashley, who, according to Coulier, are “still in talks.”
David Coulier at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse
June 26 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., and June 27 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington