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2020-09-24 9:43:30 AM  
I've had shiatty family members too. So count me on Dane Cook's side of whatever this long ass article is suppose to be about.
 
2020-09-24 9:52:18 AM  
maybe in the end he was not that funny
 
2020-09-24 9:53:09 AM  

JolobinSmokin: I've had shiatty family members too. So count me on Dane Cook's side of whatever this long ass article is suppose to be about.


I couldn't give a shiat less about the fate of Dane Cook if I tried, and yet I read the article as a distraction. That's what 2020 has brought me to.

The gist: As an Elder Bro, Cook is to be praised for stepping aside gracefully instead of making increasingly vulgar and pathetic attempts to regain attention vs his younger up and coming peers. Also he's banging a woman who's younger than he is.
 
2020-09-24 9:53:50 AM  
That was schadenfreude in article form.
 
2020-09-24 9:54:35 AM  
As a fan and sometimes purveyor of nonsense, I can't tell what this writer was trying to do with his bipolar praise/hate of Cook. Not that I ever held him in high regard to begin with.
 
2020-09-24 9:57:26 AM  
It's kind of weird that Dane Cook isn't famous anymore.

No it isn't.  He was a flash in the pan comic who couldn't act.  They're a dime a dozen, he just got more popular than most.
 
2020-09-24 9:58:12 AM  
I think hes annoying, and I'm pretty well versed in being annoying so I know what I'm talking about.
 
2020-09-24 10:00:50 AM  

Flappyhead: It's kind of weird that Dane Cook isn't famous anymore.

No it isn't.  He was a flash in the pan comic who couldn't act.  They're a dime a dozen, he just got more popular than most.


I like to think we upgraded to Ryan Reynolds and had no reason to look back.
 
2020-09-24 10:03:51 AM  
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This scene from Step Brothers said it all.
 
2020-09-24 10:04:09 AM  
It's kind of weird that Dane Cook isn't famous anymore.

It's kind of weird he was famous in the first place.
 
2020-09-24 10:12:28 AM  
I always got the impression that nobody actually found him funny, but everybody pretended they did because they thought everyone else found him funny.
 
2020-09-24 10:14:22 AM  
Send him, Jeselnik, and Tosh to the farking moon. What a bunch of losers
 
2020-09-24 10:16:27 AM  
FTFA: But somehow, he still seems completely untethered from pop culture in 2020

despite landing HUGE names for the Fast TImes At Ridgemont High table read.

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2020-09-24 10:19:56 AM  
It was nice that Kevin Costner killed him. Not as good as the five minutes of Seagal, but good enough.
 
2020-09-24 10:22:06 AM  

holdmybones: Flappyhead: It's kind of weird that Dane Cook isn't famous anymore.

No it isn't.  He was a flash in the pan comic who couldn't act.  They're a dime a dozen, he just got more popular than most.

I like to think we upgraded to Ryan Reynolds and had no reason to look back.


If "Bro" is the goal, then Reynolds is a massive upgrade and we're fine with him for a long while.  Reynolds brings a lot more funny than Dane Cook, too, and he much smarter.

Dane just wasn't funny outside of Bro culture, like Larry the Cable Guy wasn't too funny outside of rural redneck crowds.  He didn't evolve his material or his act.  Some comics can get away with that, like Rodney Dangerfield.  Dane Cook is no Rodney Dangerfield.
 
2020-09-24 10:22:26 AM  

deanis: Send him, Jeselnik, and Tosh to the farking moon. What a bunch of losers


I like Jeselnik because he's self aware, unlike the other two. He just likes contrarian, black humor that's so over the top it's basically satire.
 
2020-09-24 10:24:41 AM  
This article: one hack criticizing another. Jesus, what terrible writing.
 
2020-09-24 10:25:11 AM  

Incorrigible Astronaut: deanis: Send him, Jeselnik, and Tosh to the farking moon. What a bunch of losers

I like Jeselnik because he's self aware, unlike the other two. He just likes contrarian, black humor that's so over the top it's basically satire.


Problem with Jeselnik is lack of production.  He's done two specials in about 5 years, and when you consider how slow his delivery is, he is telling about 1/2 as many jokes per special.

That's just lazynism.
 
2020-09-24 10:30:50 AM  
I'm pretty sure that Cook still plays arenas, at least as of a couple of years ago. So while he may not be as ubiquitous as he was, he still makes a better living than 99% of stand ups. Probably why he hasn't gone the Dennis Miller route. Not yet anyway
 
2020-09-24 10:53:04 AM  
The main thing I remember about Dane Cook is that the people that I knew that found him funny had legitimately terrible taste in just about everything.
 
2020-09-24 10:55:52 AM  

LaBlueSkuld: The main thing I remember about Dane Cook is that the people that I knew that found him funny had legitimately terrible taste in just about everything.


Just like Dave Matthews fans
 
2020-09-24 11:09:05 AM  

Aquapope: holdmybones: Flappyhead: It's kind of weird that Dane Cook isn't famous anymore.

No it isn't.  He was a flash in the pan comic who couldn't act.  They're a dime a dozen, he just got more popular than most.

I like to think we upgraded to Ryan Reynolds and had no reason to look back.

If "Bro" is the goal, then Reynolds is a massive upgrade and we're fine with him for a long while.  Reynolds brings a lot more funny than Dane Cook, too, and he much smarter.

Dane just wasn't funny outside of Bro culture, like Larry the Cable Guy wasn't too funny outside of rural redneck crowds.  He didn't evolve his material or his act.  Some comics can get away with that, like Rodney Dangerfield.  Dane Cook is no Rodney Dangerfield.


It was more a joke about them looking very similar.
 
2020-09-24 11:10:15 AM  
But as far as I'm concerned, we need more people to realize when their time is up, and understand that the heights of their career are best ensconced to the era that birthed it. Cook will let the 2005 version of himself thrive in its rightful context forever, while his 2020 incarnation chills in Hawaii with a whole lot of money and no more wars to win, ceding the spotlight to those who are younger, hungrier and better tuned for the moment.

I thought it was a really good and balanced article.  I was expecting a burial but it showed the bad AND the good and wrapped it up with a backhanded compliment.

When I look back at when I was my douchiest, it was when I was trying to incorporate more Dane Cook into my vernacular.
/sangwich
//the BK Lounge
///gaylord
 
2020-09-24 11:12:42 AM  
As a Briton he never really hit here. I mostly know him from the Archer line "Karate? The Dane Cook of martial arts?"

And having listened to his stuff just now, I just don't get it. There's lots of people out there, maybe a guy in your office, who are this funny. It's not like it'll get me handing over money levels of funny.
 
2020-09-24 11:15:16 AM  

farkeruk: As a Briton he never really hit here. I mostly know him from the Archer line "Karate? The Dane Cook of martial arts?"

And having listened to his stuff just now, I just don't get it. There's lots of people out there, maybe a guy in your office, who are this funny. It's not like it'll get me handing over money levels of funny.


Cook's material doesn't stand up on its own, which is why he hasn't aged well.  It was more the fact that he presented it like a rockstar.  His standup performances weren't him standing there clutching a mic in front of a brick wall -- no, they were dynamic, they were flashy.  They were rock concerts.

It wasn't good standup, though, which is why he faded into oblivion.  More or less.
 
2020-09-24 11:19:04 AM  

deanis: LaBlueSkuld: The main thing I remember about Dane Cook is that the people that I knew that found him funny had legitimately terrible taste in just about everything.

Just like Dave Matthews fans


Not every DMB song can be as brilliant as Crash...

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2020-09-24 11:19:58 AM  

brizzle365: Let me save you all some time.

The writer from this blog is pissed because Dane Cook was an uber successful comedian of his time and is now farking the shiat out of a young, hot girlfriend who is 2 decades younger than he is.

He seems rather upset that Cook also poses without a shirt on, which makes him feel funny in his pants.

long story short, dude is jealous and has to go through life known as a Winkie.


1. You think people are jealous of his GF? Like an adult man would be jealous of who Dane farking Cook is sleeping with? Pathetic
2. WTF is a winkie?
 
2020-09-24 11:21:34 AM  
remember when everyone hated Dane Cook to defend the honor of Louis CK?
 
2020-09-24 11:25:07 AM  

baorao: remember when everyone hated Dane Cook to defend the honor of Louis CK?


No, but I remember CK being actually funny.
 
2020-09-24 11:26:02 AM  

deanis: LaBlueSkuld: The main thing I remember about Dane Cook is that the people that I knew that found him funny had legitimately terrible taste in just about everything.

Just like Dave Matthews fans


Wait...since when are we supposed to hate Dave Matthews Band?  It's not my preferred genre of music, but as far as I can tell they aren't hacks and have had a couple classic songs that I won't change if I hear them on the radio.
 
2020-09-24 11:34:59 AM  
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2020-09-24 11:36:45 AM  

jake_lex: farkeruk: As a Briton he never really hit here. I mostly know him from the Archer line "Karate? The Dane Cook of martial arts?"

And having listened to his stuff just now, I just don't get it. There's lots of people out there, maybe a guy in your office, who are this funny. It's not like it'll get me handing over money levels of funny.

Cook's material doesn't stand up on its own, which is why he hasn't aged well.  It was more the fact that he presented it like a rockstar.  His standup performances weren't him standing there clutching a mic in front of a brick wall -- no, they were dynamic, they were flashy.  They were rock concerts.

It wasn't good standup, though, which is why he faded into oblivion.  More or less.


Taken apart, his "Viscious Circle" performance was not full of jokes that could easily be parcelled out like some other folks. But as an arena show in total, it was quite engaging.

/Quotable jokes/min is not a great comedy metric
 
2020-09-24 11:36:48 AM  

SaladMonkey: deanis: LaBlueSkuld: The main thing I remember about Dane Cook is that the people that I knew that found him funny had legitimately terrible taste in just about everything.

Just like Dave Matthews fans

Wait...since when are we supposed to hate Dave Matthews Band?  It's not my preferred genre of music, but as far as I can tell they aren't hacks and have had a couple classic songs that I won't change if I hear them on the radio.


Worked with a couple of girls who were huge "Dave" fans & would go to concerts every year, all over the country.  There happened to be one near us & a bunch of us from work went for the weekend.    Was never a huge fan & I'm still not, but as far as concerts go, that was the biggest tailgate party that continued into the concert that I've been too.

It really just felt like a huge party with music that everyone enjoyed.  No drunken brawls, no drama, just a good time.
 
2020-09-24 11:37:40 AM  

holdmybones: Flappyhead: It's kind of weird that Dane Cook isn't famous anymore.

No it isn't.  He was a flash in the pan comic who couldn't act.  They're a dime a dozen, he just got more popular than most.

I like to think we upgraded to Ryan Reynolds and had no reason to look back.


Wow that's..
AMAZINGLY accurate!
 
2020-09-24 11:38:44 AM  

skyotter: I always got the impression that nobody actually found him funny, but everybody pretended they did because they thought everyone else found him funny.


He WAS kinda "The Emperor's New Comic" wasn't he?
 
2020-09-24 11:45:36 AM  
As far as I am concerned, he began and ended with "Waiting" which is not a very high bar.
 
2020-09-24 11:48:12 AM  

SaladMonkey: deanis: LaBlueSkuld: The main thing I remember about Dane Cook is that the people that I knew that found him funny had legitimately terrible taste in just about everything.

Just like Dave Matthews fans

Wait...since when are we supposed to hate Dave Matthews Band?  It's not my preferred genre of music, but as far as I can tell they aren't hacks and have had a couple classic songs that I won't change if I hear them on the radio.


Yes they are talented, especially the drummer. I just like to rag on the diehards because nothing they did was particularly interesting.
 
2020-09-24 12:00:16 PM  
Say what you want about him (you already did, after all), his first Comedy Central special was amazing.

// "When you walk into the DMV, they should have someone just punch you in the face. Like: 'OW! Aw, man... I guess waiting in line's no so bad after the punch in the face"
 
2020-09-24 12:37:42 PM  

Dr Dreidel: Say what you want about him (you already did, after all), his first Comedy Central special was amazing.

// "When you walk into the DMV, they should have someone just punch you in the face. Like: 'OW! Aw, man... I guess waiting in line's no so bad after the punch in the face"


That joke was hilarious the first time - when Mark Twain told it...

"Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day."
 
2020-09-24 12:57:34 PM  
There's a whole list of comedians that were really big and then just dropped.  Andrew "Dice" Clay went from telling jokes to being a joke in like the space of a year.

Same with Jeff Dunham.  The damn puppets were everywhere for a couple years and then... nothing.
 
2020-09-24 12:58:27 PM  
So, I'm curious. How do articles like this, and many others like it, make it to a live page that can be read. Do editors or owners of the blogs do it scrabble style? Put a bunch of letters into a bag and have their 'writers' pick a bunch. What ever name they can make with those letters that's who they write about? Maybe put names in the bag? or a time frame and everyone does a google search to see who was popular then?

I mean, I can't see as there is enough interest that someone said, 'hey I wonder what  "x" is up to these days, and I know everyone else does as well'.

I know why Farkers click the links, or at least the comment link, but do they really get enough traffic to generate income from this?
 
2020-09-24 1:10:53 PM  
I never understood any appeal to Dane Cook. Good riddance.
 
2020-09-24 1:38:12 PM  

kermit the forg: There's a whole list of comedians that were really big and then just dropped.  Andrew "Dice" Clay went from telling jokes to being a joke in like the space of a year.

Same with Jeff Dunham.  The damn puppets were everywhere for a couple years and then... nothing.


Wasn't "Dice" supposed to be a one-off parody that managed to stick to where he became Dice in real life? Sort of like how Dan Whitney doesn't exist anymore and he's now LTCG full time?
 
2020-09-24 1:38:34 PM  

alaric3: I never understood any appeal to Dane Cook. Good riddance.


Yeah, I think he appealed to young people that had never seen a stand-up comic before. Or heard a joke before. Or watched a sitcom. Or had a brain.

He was and is a talent-less idiot. The fact that his career stalled-out pretty quickly is a rare case of justice being served.
 
2020-09-24 1:45:16 PM  

realmolo: He was and is a talent-less idiot. The fact that his career stalled-out pretty quickly is a rare case of justice being served.


He's worth 35 million dollars, banging a 25 year old, in really good shape and seems to genuinely enjoy his life.

Failing to impress you might be his only true regret.
 
2020-09-24 1:51:45 PM  

thefatbasturd: As far as I am concerned, he began and ended with "Waiting" which is not a very high bar.


Not sure if serious... but that was Ryan Reynolds.

Cook was in "Good Luck Chuck" as the article mentioned.
 
2020-09-24 2:02:46 PM  

Magnanimous_J: realmolo: He was and is a talent-less idiot. The fact that his career stalled-out pretty quickly is a rare case of justice being served.

He's worth 35 million dollars, banging a 25 year old, in really good shape and seems to genuinely enjoy his life.

Failing to impress you might be his only true regret.


He started banging her when she was a teenager; he's not a Chad, he's got all the hallmarks of a sexual-abuser who groomed a victim.

In 5-10 years I expect we'll hear some really creepy shiat when she takes him to court.
 
2020-09-24 2:06:01 PM  

Mister Buttons: thefatbasturd: As far as I am concerned, he began and ended with "Waiting" which is not a very high bar.

Not sure if serious... but that was Ryan Reynolds.

Cook was in "Good Luck Chuck" as the article mentioned.


He was one of the cooks in Waiting.  Along with Luis Guzman.  Always playing penis pranks on each other.
 
2020-09-24 2:15:41 PM  

Cubs300: Mister Buttons: thefatbasturd: As far as I am concerned, he began and ended with "Waiting" which is not a very high bar.

Not sure if serious... but that was Ryan Reynolds.

Cook was in "Good Luck Chuck" as the article mentioned.

He was one of the cooks in Waiting.  Along with Luis Guzman.  Always playing penis pranks on each other.


From my experience in the food service industry- from diner to upscale- art (for lack of a better word) was certainly imitating life in that.

/ Busboy has the good weed
// Sous chef has the coke
/// Try to limit your time in the actual kitchen as everyone there is surrounded by stuff like fire, very sharp knives, boiling water and they are high AF
 
2020-09-24 2:21:39 PM  

Commander Lysdexic: Magnanimous_J: realmolo: He was and is a talent-less idiot. The fact that his career stalled-out pretty quickly is a rare case of justice being served.

He's worth 35 million dollars, banging a 25 year old, in really good shape and seems to genuinely enjoy his life.

Failing to impress you might be his only true regret.

He started banging her when she was a teenager; he's not a Chad, he's got all the hallmarks of a sexual-abuser who groomed a victim.

In 5-10 years I expect we'll hear some really creepy shiat when she takes him to court.


You can't see me, but I'm rolling my eyes at you.
 
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