Dane Cook continues to shift into the next phase of his career by reflecting on the past. Here's his take on why so many comics aren't a fan:
I think a lot of the animosity is because I’m actually, at my core, one of those hipster comics. I am one of those alt-guys. I speak their language. I was just as outcast-worthy as any of them. But I broke through on a mainstream level. I started to use that kind of alt-y mentality of like, “I’m just going to hang out up here. It’s not going to be rehearsed.” I don’t rehearse. I don’t write my jokes down. [...]
On a different, lesser show, one more like Oh, Louie starring Bob Saget, Louie C.K. and Dane Cook would have envied one another, wishing they had what the other possesses. In Louie's case, it’s riches and a double platinum album; for Dane, it’s to be seen as a comedian's comedian, to maybe not be able to sell out Madison Square Garden but have the respect of your fellow joke-makers.
But things aren’t always that black-and-white.
Last night, Marc Maron was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, promoting his new standup album, his podcast and his upcoming appearance at the Just For Laughs comedy festival. He described getting a phone call from Dane Cook about appearing on WTF, and he did a pretty pitch-perfect Dane Cook impression, complete with strange walking. Marc Maron, impressionist. Who knew?
Forbes, a magazine which I'm pretty sure only produces lists of various types of rich people and expensive things at this point, just released it's list of top-earning comedians for the year. Now, they say it's top-earning comedians, at the top of which would be people like Jerry Seinfeld and Conan O'Brian. But instead, this is a list of top-earning working stand-ups who earn their money from touring. And man, guys, it's kind of ugly.