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The Rebirth of Dane Cook

It's tough to introduce a standup like Dane Cook. He's explosively popular, famously polarizing, and his many comedy accomplishments — including a double platinum album and sold out Madison Square Garden show — only fuel the flames of disdain he's received from critics and the comedy nerd/cool kids' club. It's been over a decade since his debut album Harmful If Swallowed, and during that time Cook has experienced everything from record-breaking success to personal tragedy and very public feuds with other comedians. Cook's mixed bag of life experience gets put to work in his latest standup special Troublemaker (which he also directed and produced), and I recently got the chance [...]

Don't Worry, Dane Cook and Justin Bieber Are Both Working on New Network Sitcoms

Universally beloved media personalities Dane Cook and Justin Bieber are both developing new sitcoms for big TV networks, Deadline and TV Guide report. Cook doesn't have a show yet but he just signed a new development deal with NBC to make a series that will serve starring vehicle for himself. He recently starred in the comedy Next Caller, which was picked up for six episodes by NBC but unexpectedly canceled before it aired because the network was unhappy with the creative direction of the show. "Dane Cook is one of the most talented comedians working today," says NBC President Jennifer Salke. Justin Bieber's show is set [...]

Dane Cook to Sing and Dance and Goose-step

Dane Cook will be play Franz Liebkind in the Hollywood Bowl staging of the Mel Brooks' musical The Producers on July 27-29. He'll be jazz handing it up with the likes of Richard Kind, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Rebecca Romijn. Dane, who apparently likes to make it easy for people to rip on him, will be playing an ex-Nazi. Below is a video of Will Ferrell in the part, so just imagine it with more slithering around like a snake.

Two High-Ranking 'Community' Producers Leave for Fox

Vulture is reporting Community Executive Producers Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan have signed a big deal to create television for 20th Century Fox. Goldman and Donovan have been Dan Harmon's number twos since the premiere (and the namesakes for Fat Neil and Garrett, respectively) so the loss is significant. This doesn't reveal anything about Community's renewal future but let's all just agree to pretend that it's definitely great news, for some reason. It does reveal that Fox is making a hard push towards live action sitcoms, something that before New Girl hadn't been their strong suit for a while. First The Office's Mindy Kaling then 30 Rock's [...]

Dane Cook's Response to the Twitter Complaints About His Last Set

Here's what Dane Cook had to say after T.J. Miller and other comics publicized their non-enjoyment of his recent standup set on Twitter:

“I’m back in the stand up octagon after a year off. I’m deeply inspired by various artists I admire. Certainly my friend and one of the great ones Patrice O’Neal passing away has fortified my belief that we, as comedians, all need to share and explore our souls up there — and sometimes our perspective on the whimsical minutia — in order to grow as artists and people.”

“I’ve always felt that comedians can’t be critics,” Cook added, referencing the fact that so [...]

Six Comics Aziz Ansari Is Joining as Madison Square Garden-Worthy

Yesterday, The Wrap confirmed earlier reports that standup Aziz Ansari is set to headline at New York's Madison Square Garden as part of his new tour Modern Romance, which also includes stops in Dallas, Houston, D.C., Philadelphia, and Las Vegas, not to mention a book slated for a September 2015 release. "There is something very insane and amazing about starting standup in New York City at the lowest rung — open-mic spots — and then many years later going to the other utmost, utmost extreme of playing Madison Square Garden," Ansari told Billboard last month. "I felt a sense of that when I did Carnegie Hall, [...]

'Next Caller' Creator Stephen Falk Writes Good About His Mistreated NBC Sitcom

Stephen Falk, the creator / showrunner / executive producer of NBC's canceled midseason sitcom Next Caller, wrote a long, thoughtful piece on his Tumblr about the experience of working has ass off on the show for a year, only to have NBC pull the plug before even giving it the chance to air. It's a revealing look into the frustrations of working in network television and a reminder of how much hard work goes into every single show you see on TV (and some that never even make it to the screen). Here's a taste:

"For if you work hard enough, someday you too may work on your [...]

Louis Discusses His Emmy Submissions and Dane Cook

Deadline interviewed Louis C.K. as part of their coverage leading up to the Emmy nominations' announcement. They had him talk about the episodes he is submitting for consideration, including: "Pregnant", "Subway/Pamela", "Oh Louie/Tickets", and "Duckling". In doing so he addressed the whole Dane Cook thing for what should be the last time:

What I wrote for Dane and me on camera represents what each other feels about the situation. The only difference is that he’s not angry about it. Neither of us really care. Dane was generous in allowing me to take him to a place of anger and it was funny the way he did it. [...]

Who Cares About Joke Stealing?

Unpopular Opinions is a new weekly column in which a writer takes a stand against popular opinion, whether it's asserting the true merit of a supposedly guilty pleasure or dissenting against the universally lauded.

Joke “stealing” is not a new phenomenon. Hell, Milton Berle basically made a career out of it, earning himself the nickname, “The Thief of a Bad Gag.” With the rise of the Internet and cellphone cameras, however, it seems like fans have started to care more. But how did something that used to only be a comedy community matter give birth to a legion of joke vigilantes?

Let’s start with a couple examples.

Example [...]

TJ Miller's Tweets Re: Dane Cook's Standup Set Last Night Are Fairly Upsetting

Yeesh. Apparently Dane Cook showed up to the Improv in LA last night and performed a pretty angry set. TJ Miller tweeted a lengthy response that continued this morning, noting that Cook talked about not paying for an abortion and "finding some whore to fuck to take out his anger at his ex girlfriend." (Ali Waller also tweeted about how glad she was to "hear the story about how he 'chainsaw-fucked' a 'disgusting whore's cunt.'") Guess Cook decided not to take a break from standup after all.

Dane Cook and the Art of the Hustle

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 [...]

NBC Cancels Dane Cook Show Before It’s Too Late

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.” [...]

Just to Keep You Guessing, NBC Also Just Picked Up Dane Cook's Sitcom (and Renewed 'Whitney')

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 [...]

Dane Cook Could Be Coming to Your TV Set

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.)