Note to Bob Saget: Your fame alone won’t pay for car repairs

Artie Lange, the sidekick of the former Briarcliff Manor deejay Howard Stern, this morning laughed at studio guest Bob Saget’s driving skills and gullibility on a 1998 trip back from a Westchester golf course.

Saget, the “Full House� star who directed Lange and former “Saturday Night Live� star Norm MacDonald in the 1998 movie “Dirty Work,� had flown with MacDonald to New York to promote its theatrical release.

Recalled Lange: “They’re going on a golfing trip up in, like, Westchester, (and) say, ‘You wanna come?’ I’m like, ‘I don’t golf, but I’ll come.’â€? Saget and his personal assistant joined MacDonald and Lange on the links of a Westchester golf course that Lange didn’t name.

“It was fun, right?� Saget said in the studio.

Lange agreed, then recounted that Saget wanted to drive Lange’s brand new black Cadillac Eldorado back to New York City. “We get down to the West Side Highway, getting back into New York (City) and he just had it pinned, man,� Lange said. “We’re doing like 120 (mph).�

In the studio, Saget laughed and protested, claiming he wasn’t driving that fast.

“So we get to, like, 56th Street, where you can re-enter Manhattan,” Lange said. “He makes a left like ‘Starsky and Hutch,’ like, screeching out. … So, we’re speeding down the street; he hits a big pothole, blows out my [bleeping] tire.â€?

“And it sounded like the axel broke,� Saget added.

On 10th Avenue, the foursome flagged down a tow-truck whose driver was not fluent in English. After the four headed back to the towing facility, MacDonald spoke with the tow-truck operator alone.

Find out how MacDonald pranked Saget at a tow station after the break.

Said Lange: “Norm comes back and says to me and Bob, he goes, ‘Listen, man, the guy doesn’t want any money, but he’s a huge fan of Bob’s, and all he wants is an autograph for his daughters.’ … Of course, the guy didn’t know who the [bleep] Bob was.�

Stern’s crew laughed, then Lange continued: “So Bob walks up to the guy and the guy’s practically, like, passed out tired, and (Saget) goes, ‘Yeah, so, uh, listen, what’s your daughter’s name? Can I—’ And the guy was like, ‘What?’ He goes, ‘Eight hundred dollars.’�

In the studio, Saget confirmed his own naïveté. “The best part was I didn’t understand the guy saying he didn’t know who I was,� he said. “I said, ‘No, seriously, I can mail it to you.’ He goes, ‘I don’t know who you are, man.’�

Prior to the prank, Saget said he would pay for the damage, according to Lange. But the bill was split four ways and that, almost 10 years later, Saget still hadn’t paid his share, Lange said.

In the studio, Saget said he already paid, and would give Lange — a self-described former heroin user — whatever he wants.

“Artie, I’ll put you on ‘1 vs. 100.’ You can play for, like, a rehab center or something,� Saget said.

(Associated Press file photo by Chris Polk)

Chris Serico

A Westchester native and Boston College grad, Chris Serico will host your game show for scale. A features reporter for the The Journal News, he's also written for the newspaper's Listening Room, Suburbarazzi and Remote Access entertainment blogs. For those about to rock, he salutes you.