July 27, 2012 |
Dane Cook is under fire Friday for joking about the Aurora, Colo., shooting less than one week after a gunman opened fire in a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises," killing 12 people and injuring 58. It's the reaction to the comedian's joshing that's perhaps most noteworthy. The problem with Cook's joke doesn't appear to be that it's too soon to joke about the massacre. It will probably never be OK to joke about a massacre. The joke just wasn't funny, according to online reaction to Cook's quip. It was dismissed by many as just one more unfunny joke by an unfunny comedian responsible for many unfunny movies.
December 1, 2011 |
Dane Cook, the stand-up comedian, hasn't written any new material in months. He hasn't performed onstage since February, and he's not sure he'll ever pick up the microphone again. "I don't want to say I've retired, but this is an important time to shift my energy into something new," said Cook, who takes a dark turn in the ensemble drama "Answers to Nothing. " "If I'm going to gonna do stand-up again — I respect the art form so much, it's glamorous to me — and if I partake in it again, I want to feel like I'm lending something to it. " That might sound like a surprising revelation from a man who has had more success in stand-up than almost any modern-day comedian — he once played two sold-out shows in a single night at Madison Square Garden.
April 16, 2010 |
No heads turned when comedian Russell Peters walked into Du-par's in Studio City this week, aside from Peters' himself as he scanned the diner's orange booths for attractive ladies. He sells out stadiums in Dubai, London, Sydney and Hong Kong. But stateside, he's just another groggy dude in a black hoodie. Even before his first cup of coffee and his cayenne pepper vitamin, though, there was a little red "on-air" light flashing behind Peters' eyes, and he was firing off antagonistic one-liners, hoping to get a rise out of his interviewer.
December 23, 2009
The Laugh Factory in Hollywood will again throw open its doors on Christmas Day to provide food and entertainment to anyone who is in need of a meal or just some company. Meals will be served at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m., with the laughs provided by such comics as Dane Cook, Paul Rodriguez, Tom Arnold, Paul Mooney and Larry Miller. "With this weakened economy and high unemployment rate, more and more people, especially children, need hope," said Jamie Masada, owner of the comedy venue.
November 26, 2009
There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but there's certainly a free feast at the Laugh Factory. For 30 years now, the comedy venue has been serving up free Thanksgiving dinner for the underprivileged of Hollywood, as well as an all-star lineup of stand-up comedy. This year, Dane Cook, above; Paul Rodriguez; Kevin Nealon; Neil Brennan; and Jimmy Brogan will entertain the crowds. Laugh Factory Hollywood. 8001 Sunset Blvd. Shows and meals today at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Free. www.laughfactory.
May 16, 2009 |
On a Sunset Strip balcony, sitting beside an azure pool, Dane Cook makes the confession that America has been waiting for during his two decades as a comic. "Can I just admit to you, you're right," the 37-year-old said, holding his palms up to the sky. "Look . . . I'm not funny. I'm OK with that. I'm cool with that." Cook is, of course, joking about his lack of humor, which, if you think about it, is kind of funny -- or maybe it's not funny at all.