Dane Cook is comedy's future

9737__cook_lSoon, there’ll be no escaping from Dane Cook. HBO has signed a multi-project deal with the chart-busting comedian (the details of which are here and here), with provisions for a concert special, a documentary series called Tourgasm (about the college tour Cook and three stand-up colleagues undertook last spring), and a half-hour comedy series. Most intriguing is a set of shorts he’ll create for downloading to iPods or cell phones. (At iTunes, Cook’s Comedy Central concert has surpassed shows like Lost to become the service’s most popular downloaded show.) ”His career is about to take off,” HBO chief Chris Albrecht tells Variety, ”and he’s the kind of talent that can exist in several spaces.”

No, dude, his career has already taken off. Cook was going to be huge in the tiny-screen world with or without HBO (just check out his multimedia-heavy website); you’re just along for the ride.

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  • Sven

    I don’t know that there has been a worse comedian to come on the scene in over thirty years. If Dane Cook is the future of comedy, let me off this planet.

  • Mike in Moncton

    Agreed, Sven.
    The words that come to mind when I hear Dane Cook’s name are “over-rated”.

  • Tiff

    Are you kidding me. The worst comic ever. You must have not seen him live. I saw him in Boston a few months ago, when he flew in especially to come to the Comics Come Home show. His set was a surprise and only a few minutes long. I laughed more in that short time than I did all night.
    I’m not the only one who thinks so either. Is CD has gone multi-platinum. All his shows sell out in a matter of hours. (Both shows at the TD Bank North Garden, sold out in less than an hour)
    Obviously you have no sense of humor!!!

  • Sven

    I don’t believe I said worst comic ever; only in the last thirty plus years. I can think of least four comics in the history of that noble profession who would rate lower.

  • Shawn

    Sven you must be really old and maybe you have a different kind of sense of humor, like the days of Andy Griffin Show or even older.
    I am sure that for you to hate on Dane Cook this much and not respect the amount he has accomplished to this point, you must be a real bore….Well no bother, one less out of the millions that will be watching the Dane Cook specials on HBO. I am sure we won’t miss you much.

  • maria

    I agree!
    I think Dane Cook is awful and over-rated. And,I’m sure some of you are thinking, “Oh for shame, Maria must be 70 years old. Everyone under 30 like Dane Cook.” Please, don’t make me choke on my McVomit. I’m 25, his target demographic.
    I’d rather watch paint dry.

  • Tiff

    No Maria, I wouldn’t think that you are old. I’d think that you have no sense of humor!!!

  • dma69

    I think he’s funny. Love his Burger King drive-thru routine from Comedy Central.

  • brandonk

    I’ve seen several recordings of Dane Cook’s comedy bits and watched his SNL show, and I thought he was hilarious. He’s so energetic and raunchy, but in a goofy way. It helps that he’s pretty cute, too.

  • Maria

    Maria its ok, many of us mature way too quickly, I bet in grade school you were finishing your PhD in how to watch paint dry.
    I am guess while it was drying you had some paint chips too, might have affected your sense of humor.

  • jojo

    Why are you guys knocking on Maria and Sven? They don’t like Dane Cook, big effin’ deal.
    He’s funny but I don’t think he’s a comic god. There are funnier people out there. He is getting slightly overexposed lately though.
    Just my own opinion… I hope no one jumps down my throat about it. :)

  • Fatima

    I will never give in to Cook’s brand of unintelligent frat boy humor. Seeing my high school be swept under his spell has left me feeling scared for the future of comedy.

  • jacquard!

    Rock on Fatima!

  • Jamie

    I really like Dane’s work, ever since I saw him on Letterman in the late ’90’s (yeah, back when I was in high school.) His act then was all about his childhood: toys and games (like Simon), and his love of Karate (thwarted by his “cheap old man” father, who sent him “to a free aerobics class and told me it was Kar-a-te.” His success is well deserved, he worked hard on it. (That website? That was one of his first major purchases, he sunk his time and money into promotion and accesability. Guess who I, and many others, heard about Myspace from? That’s right, Dane!)

  • Thad

    Cook is the worst. Is this just another hype wagon? Who is diggin this stuff, frat boys? ‘Waiting’ didn’t win any laugh awards. Sat Night Live was not funny. He must have an amazing publicist. Pay her well. Come back next year and hopefully no one will no who he is.

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