I have a secret. A dark, terrible secret that I have trouble even admitting to myself: I don’t hate Dane Cook. I know I should. Practically ever since Dane Cook arrived on the national stage over a decade ago, his critics have been extremely vocal. He has been accused of being a joke thief, a douche, and plain old not funny.
However, despite all of these accusations, Cook is arguably the most successful standup comic working today. Numerous film roles, stadium gigs, and a double platinum comedy album (a feat not accomplished since Steve Martin’s A Wild and Crazy Guy in 1978) are just a few of the stand [...]
In what’s been a season full of unorthodox decisions by NBC, the Peacock Network’s latest maverick move is canceling one of its new comedies before it even airs. In May, NBC ordered six episodes of a Dane Cook sitcom called Next Caller, in which the polarizing standup played a brash, misogynist radio DJ forced to co-host his show with, get this: a female feminist. Now, Deadline reports the network is canceling the show after only four episodes have been filmed (none of which will air), due to being unhappy with the series’ creative direction. Yes, NBC expected a Dane Cook sitcom to have a “creative direction.” [...]
NBC, in addition to renewing basically all of their sitcoms with the exception of BFFs, Bent, and Are You There, Chelsea? (Whitney's second season just became official too!), has now picked up seven new comedies. The seventh? Next Caller Please, a single-camera sitcom from comedic pariah Dane Cook. Written and executive produced by Weeds' Stephen Falk, it'll be "a gender comedy that revolves around a brash alpha male DJ (Cook) and his feminist co-host (Collette Wolfe) set in the office of a satellite radio station." Now keep an open mind, people! This is the network that just renewed all of your favorite shows that nobody but you [...]
Today's surprising casting news is that Dane Cook is starring in NBC's Next Caller Please pilot. You know, the one about the alpha male radio DJ forced to deal with a feminist co-host? It would be Cook's first regular role on a TV series, though he's starred in movies and made guest appearances on shows like Louie. Are you rooting for this pilot's success? (Keeping in mind that it might mean Cook has less time to do standup, whether that's a plus or minus in your book.)
Patrice O'Neal's friends paid tribute to him over the weekend on Opie and Anthony along with guest host Jim Norton. You can listen to Louis C.K., Chris Rock, and Dane Cook's memories of Patrice here. Opie and Anthony also explain how to help out his family by buying Mr. P, which got its name because that's what his stepdaughter used to call him.