Bob Saget Getting Buff for New TV Gig

Bob Saget Getting Buff for New TV Gig
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01/08/2010 AT 12:00 AM EST

Bob Saget is about to get real. The comedian, who made it big playing wholesome dad Danny Tanner on TV's Full House and voices the narrator on How I Met Your Mother, is set to return to the small screen in a new starring role -- as himself!

These days, the funnyman is as known for his raunchy stand-up routines as the role that made him a star. And it's that outrageous sense of humor that Saget will showcase as the host of A&E's new comedy documentary series, Bob Saget's Strange Days.

"It's me studying subcultures that are strange," Saget told PEOPLE at the L.A. premiere of pal Michael Cera's new comedy Youth in Revolt. "It's funny and it's weird. But it's me being me. It's trying to be real."

In each hour-long episode, Saget will explore unusual cultures, rituals and rites of passage. "I went to Ukraine and I got guys mail order brides and I'll do a frat rush. I'll do Burning Man," he said. Saget will also join a survivalist cult preparing for the end of the world in another episode.

For now, the comedian is focusing on getting into shape for the series set to premiere later this year. "I've just got to get in physical and mental shape and just kind of clean the old instrument," he said. "I've been working out. I did many crunches today but they're not showing yet!"

As far as workouts go, Saget enjoys swimming and hopping on the elliptical machine. Two things he won't be doing: running -- he had to give it up a few months ago after undergoing knee surgery -- and Pilates. "I won't do Pilates. That's like a gynecological thing that moves," he joked.

In addition to his new hosting gig, Saget is looking forward to the possibility of touring a new stand-up show later this year. --Jessica Wedemeyer

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