Nerdy Monday 18: Is that John Stamos?


That’s right.  The man himself, John Phillip Stamos.  Of the Greek Stamatopoulos’.  Known and adored by millions as the protagonist of the popular ’90’s sitcom Full House, Uncle Jesse.  That’s the first time I think my generation was exposed to Mr. Stamos.  Eventhough he got his first big break as Blackie Parrish on General Hospital in 1982.  About a decade before he looked like this:

Pound for pound, his hair is more awesome than you.

That caption is totally true.  He’s also the only man alive or dead, in the entire universe, past-present-and-future, in all discovered and undiscovered dimensions that successfully rocked a mullet.  No, it didn’t look good on you, nor your mom, let it go.

What I liked about his role as Jesse during the run of Full House was how much character development he progressed through.  Early on in the show, he was the motorcycle riding, leather jacket wearing, bad boy.  Everyone loved him for who he was!  And as the show went on, he fell in love with Rebecca Donaldson, sewed his wild oats, had some kids, settled down, and became an even more lovable character.  He slowly transformed from the Elvis loving delinquent that kids pretended to be, into the Elvis loving adoring uncle/successful musician that kids a little older wanted to grow up to be.  He was always my favorite character on that show.  But that’s enough about that, I don’t think I have to mention Full House when I bring up John Stamos, because his talent, coolness, versatility, and awesomability (yeah, I have to make up variations of that word to describe his Stamosness) reaches farther than I think you can even imagine.

For instance, I have been thinking about writing something about Mr. Stamos for a few weeks now and just today I started following him on twitter.  The most recent tweet I read from his profile was:

“RT @bobsaget Time to get my shit together today/gonna make a statue of @JohnStamos with it.- good, maybe HE’LL listen to your crap!”

What?  Uncle Jesse would never say something like that.  But Stamos can get away with it, he’s just that… whatever “that” is, he’s it.

After Full House was cancelled…

Fun Fact: did you know that during the first season of Full House, Stamos’ character was credited as being named Jesse Cochran?  During the second season, he changed his last name to Katsopolis to “highlight his Greek heritage”.

…Stamos made a bunch of made for TV movies, a couple of stage productions, a few flopped TV series’, and some commercials.  He made a short film entitled simply: “I am Stamos”.  I have not seen it, oh but I so want to!  I have no idea why he didn’t capitalize on his awesomeness right after the Full House chapter of his life came to a close.

Think about where you’ve heard his name, and what you heard it for lately.  Can’t remember?  Let me help you:

  • He’s getting ready to be honored by the “Project Cuddle” people.
  • The Michigan extortion case he was involved with.
  • He was one of the first people to board the new Disney Dream Cruise line thing.  Whatever that was all about.
  • Glee.
  • He roasted Bob Saget.
  • He toured with the Beach Boys.
  • Recorded with Billy Joel.
  • I’m pretty sure he had something to do with the “Stamos” in “Rebecca Romijn-Stamos”.
  • 2007 TV Land Award for “Favorite Elvis Impersonation” from Full House.

Aside from I am Stamos, I could only find 2 cameo appearances in his filmogrophy.  It should be more like 400, in my opinion.  I wish I could find more cameos, but I did find:

  • A Daytime Emmy nomination [for his breakout role].
  • A shared Emmy nomination for the Beach Boys miniseries.
  • 2 Golden Icon awards.
  • A Soapy award.
  • The above mentioned TV Land award, and a nomination for another one.
  • 2 Young Artist Award nominations
  • A Young Artist Award

This man has been the epitome of “cool” since the 1990’s, won awards, married models, and lived a very Full Life.  That should be the name of his next show.. as long as I get a credit for that.  He was a heart throb for women of all ages there for a while, and probably still is for some cougars out there.  Have you seen him lately?

Your mom would get with him, if she had the chance.

Mr. Stamos has kept a very clean reputation, played the bad boy, divorced a Victoria’s Secret model, and been the envy of boys and girls, men and women everywhere.  John, you’ve become a pop culture icon, and a staple to a lot of peoples childhood.  I hope to see more of you in the future.

“Is that John Stamos?  Did Nick know John Stamos?  Were they brothers?” ~Nick Swardson.

The Jester.


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    Nothing against Stamos, per se, however, how anyone could sit through more than 10 minutes of “Full House” remains a mystery to me.

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