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posted by awelborn

…to muse about Dane Cook. Of whom I had never, ever heard before an episode of The Office in which Michael (the clueless boss, played by Steve Carrell) says to a group of kids (brought there on "Bring Your Daughters to Work Day" – a great episode.), in an attempt to entertain them, "Now who likes Dane Cook"  – and they all enthusiastically jump and raise their hands. The point being, I suppose, that it is inappropriate for kids to be listening to Dane Cook.

So, I guess Dane Cook is a comic – quite popular among young adults. He was raised Catholic and that’s a part of his act – born in 72, so you get a taste of how the post-Vatican II babies view their upbringing – total lack of seriousness, no "there" there at all, blasphemous about Eucharist, coming up with all sorts of "cute" names for it, and so on.

But then…

Last night, after Deadwood (which I really only half-watch, partly because of the language, partly because I have no idea what’s going on) on HBO, they played a snippet of a Dane Cook act – apparently one of his more well-known riffs on a conversation with an atheist.  It starts off with an atheist being offended when Cook says "God Bless You" after a sneeze. Cook responds, the atheist responds – "Y’know, "Cook says, "like he’s gonna school me!" Cook’s atheists waxes on about how after he dies, his being or whatever will be transmogrified (or whatever) into a tree, and Cook proceeds to take us through what will happen to the tree…wouldn’t it be cool, he says, if the tree grows really big and is chopped down by a guy with an ax (and we think, ah, this is all about revenge)…and then taken to a paper mill, and Cook goes on and on until the climax until his fantasy has the former atheist-then tree being ground up and made into paper…for a Bible.

There may be nothing else in the Cook ouevre, such as it is, worth salvaging, but that bit, with the utter contempt for the atheist’s arrogance and the perspective of God’s Ultimate Irony…was refreshing.

Now…for the next step, which is always the hardest. God exists…so what?



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Sydney Carton

posted July 24, 2006 at 3:09 pm


I’ve seen Dane Cook’s original stand up bit that was on comedy central. I thought it was hilarious. I haven’t seen any of his recent work, though.
His comedy isn’t cynical or hateful like George Carlin’s. In fact, I thought it was making a point about reverence by being so extreme. He has this one bit about “Christ Chex,” as he describes how as a young boy the Eucrarist was always handed out from a bowl, and he jokes about how he’d fantasize about grabbing the bowl, running home, adding milk, and eating it like cereal. “Like Christ Chex: Start your day the holy way!” I thought it was hilarious. Of course, if there was the slightest bit of truth to his comedy bit, lacing it with cynicism or anything, it would’ve been off-putting and not funny at all.
You can see his bit on the Catholic Church here. It’s safe for work.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ym_fo_6LHmU&mode=related&search=dane%20cook



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Meggan

posted July 24, 2006 at 3:46 pm


I wonder if he’s the comedian I once saw who said that when he sees a woman come to Communion with her coat and purse he wishes the priest would say, “Do you want that for here or to go?”



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cricket

posted July 24, 2006 at 4:00 pm


His shirt grosses me out more than his act in Sydney’s clip.



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LCB

posted July 25, 2006 at 1:38 am


Dane Cook is, quite possibly, the most funny human being of all time.
As for his Eucharist stuff, why would you expect him to be respectful? Our generation’s religion teachers went to State and majored in ‘sleeping with the football team.’ Our books taught us that the most important part of religion is social justice, diversity, tolerance, non-violence, multiculturalism and that it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you feel good about yourself.
Who are some comedians you would recomend, Amy?



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jim

posted July 25, 2006 at 1:56 am


Our generation’s religion teachers went to State and majored in ‘sleeping with the football team.’
Ain’t that the truth.



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c matt

posted July 25, 2006 at 9:45 am


Now…for the next step, which is always the hardest. God exists…so what?
Usually, the first reaction after “God exists” is YIKES !!!



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TomM

posted July 25, 2006 at 5:59 pm


I wanted to like Deadwood but the language is really appalling and pointless as far as I can tell.



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God

posted November 3, 2006 at 4:16 pm


Actually I love Dane Cook. What were you saying?



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Robin

posted January 2, 2007 at 1:38 pm


“Dane Cook is, quite possibly, the most funny human being of all time.” – um, no. He steals most if not all of his act and his “stage presence.” He never really says anything of substance…



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ethan

posted January 14, 2007 at 12:24 am


Michael says to a group of kids (brought there on “Bring Your Daughters to Work Day” – a great episode.), in an attempt to entertain them, “Now who likes Dane Cook” – and they all enthusiastically jump and raise their hands. The point being, I suppose, that it is inappropriate for kids to be listening to Dane Cook.
No. He says this because Dane Cook is unfunny; his popularity stems from girls liking him because he’s “hot.” Michael’s question, and the girls’ enthusiastic response, is a poke at Cook, who must be the most unpopular extant comic amongst comics.
This would be fairly obvious if you weren’t culturally clueless.
Yikes.



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Fl!ck

posted July 17, 2007 at 11:44 am


Well. Cook is funny a lot of the time. But sometimes he’ll just ramble on endlessly about something for a while. But you have to admit, there aren’t a lot of people who -haven’t- heard of him.
This generation doesn’t have a lot of influence by actual comics… I mean, who needs comedy clubs when you can just watch Comedy Central or something… I hate comedy network’s standup. I like live. They pick on the audience. They have a new routine almost every time. And most of all, it’s fun.
Cook has a LOT of funny lines. He takes a while to get up to the punchline, and tries to add some humour while building up to it, and this is probably where he goes wrong.



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