From Being an Exterminator to Being ‘Lumberjack Jess,’ Here’s a List of All the Odd Jobs Uncle Jesse Had on ‘Full House’

He wasn’t always the owner of the Smash Club. Throughout Full House’s run, Uncle Jesse had a number of strange and unconventional jobs. (We’re not just talking about his time as a singing lumberjack.)

Uncle Jesse started off as an exterminator

When fans first meet this rocker, he’s working for his dad as an exterminator. Eventually, Uncle Jesse tells his father that he doesn’t want to be an exterminator and quits the family business to pursue music. In the beginning, Uncle Jesse also had a job as an Elvis impersonator, although he was pretty embarrassed to tell the rest of the Tanner family. 


Despite his many other jobs, Uncle Jesse is always a musician. This character jammed out with a few celebrities throughout this show, including Little Richard and The Beach Boys. When it comes to his original songs, though, he oftentimes performs with his band, Jesse and the Rippers.

One of his songs even made it to the No. 1 spot in Japan, his cover of the Beach Boys’ hit, “Forever.” He performed this song a few other times throughout the series, of course, even on its spinoff Fuller House.

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The Professor on Joey’s show, ‘Mr. Egghead’

Aside from his run as Ranger Joe, Joey had another job working in television. He briefly appeared as the scientist, Mr. Egghead. Uncle Jesse worked as his musical sidekick, the Professor. After accidentally hitting Stephanie on the head, though, they both lose this job. 


During season 3 of this sitcom, Jesse and Joey decide to enter the world of advertising. Joey handled the jokes, while Jesse handled the music, making the duo a pretty perfect team. 

In season 4, they even branched out to work for themselves, with Danny being a silent partner in their work. Together, the team sold commercials under the name Double J Creative Services. 

Lovers and Other Tanners' Episode of 'Full House'
‘Lovers and Other Tanners’ Episode of ‘Full House’ | Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Radio Talk Show Host

After their run with advertising, Joey and Jesse took their relationship to the radio, having their own talk show called The Rush Hour Renegades. The two tell a few jokes in between playing some of Jesse’s favorite music. They have special guests on the show, including one of the members of The Brady Bunch and one of Joey’s rivals, nicknamed “Stonewall.”

'Girls Will Be Boys' Episode of 'Full House'
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Lumberjack Jess on the ‘Ranger Joe Show’

This job was extremely short-lived, but Jesse was strapped for cash and Joey needed help in the Enchanted Forest. Of course, he turned to Jesse, asking him to perform on the kids’ television show and the character “Lumberjack Jess.”

After a fight with Becky over who makes more money, Jesse also briefly had a job working in an airport. He decided that he didn’t mind being Mr. Mom, and quitting the job after just one week. 

The owner of ‘The Smash Club’

After performing so many times with his band when he was young, Jesse inherited and re-opened The Smash Club, a nightclub with everything from comedy night to school fundraisers. Jesse worked as the owner of this club, but sometimes he would go on stage to perform. 

The original spinoff series featuring DJ, Stephanie, and Uncle Jesse, Fuller House, is available on Netflix. Most episodes of Full House are available for streaming on Hulu.