Soon, 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.