Named a “comedian phenom and icon” by Entertainment Weekly, Dane Cook has maintained his reputation as one of today’s most prolific stand-up comedians while simultaneously distinguishing himself as a charismatic and versatile actor in a variety of film and television projects. Cook starred in his first leading role as the likable slacker Zack in Lionsgate’s “Employee of the Month,” leading the romantic comedy to a box office gross of over $30 million and DVD sales that topped the charts. After inking a multi-faceted production deal with HBO, Cook created, directed and starred in the network’s nine-part comedy documentary series, “Tourgasm,” and wrote, executive produced and starred in “Vicious Circle,” a feature-length stand-up event.
Cook’s numerous film and television projects include starring roles in “Dan in Real Life” (with Steve Carell), the romantic comedy “Good Luck Chuck” (with Jessica Alba), the thriller “Mr. Brooks” (with Kevin Costner, Demi Moore and William Hurt), and “My Best Friend’s Girl” (with Kate Hudson, Jason Biggs and Alec Baldwin). Cook has also appeared in a number of feature films including “Waiting” (with Ryan Reynolds and Anna Farris), “London” (with Jessica Biel and Chris Evans), “Torque” (with Ice Cube) and “Mystery Men” (with Ben Stiller).
Combining energetic physical comedy, clever wordplay and trenchant observations about human behavior, Cook’s unique brand of stand-up and accessible guy-next-door attitude have galvanized audiences of all ages. In 2005, he catapulted to media headlines when his sophomore comedy CD/DVD, “Retaliation,” bucked industry trends by debuting at #4 on the Billboard 200. The album, which has since hit double platinum, marked him as the highest charting comedian in 29 years, earning him a place alongside best-selling comedy vets Bill Cosby, George Carlin and Steve Martin. His debut CD/DVD release, “Harmful If Swallowed,” appeared on eight different Billboard charts and is certified platinum.
A highly sought-after talk show guest, Cook has appeared multiple times on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” OnComedy Central, Cook headlined the “Dave Attell Insomniac Tour” special and lent his voice to “Crank Yankers” and “Shorties Watchin’ Shorties.”
In addition to appearances at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Chicago’s Allstate Arena, Cook performed two record-breaking shows of 38,000 at Boston Garden, and has appeared for crowds of 39,000 at Madison Square Garden and 50,000 at the University of Florida’s Gator Growl.
Raised in the Boston suburb of Arlington, MA, Cook began his career at age 18, honing his craft on the college and comedy club circuits. A firm believer in connecting personally with his fans, Cook became one of the first comics to develop and maintain his own website to reach out to audiences. He still routinely spends hours every day personally answering fans’ e-mails and works tirelessly to remain accessible through blogs, podcasts and free downloads of his routines. All his effort is clearly paying off: Cook has over 4 million subscribers on FaceBook.
Cook’s popularity has been further cemented by the advent of the “SU-FI”(short for SUperFInger), a hand signal based on one of his jokes that has been embraced by fans and now appears everywhere, from tattoos to stickers to graffiti on U.S. tanks in Iraq. Cook also broke ground in the music industry with the release of his first rock single, “I’ll Never Be You,” which is available on iTunes.
Among his many honors as a stand-up comedian, Cook was named Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Hot Comic,” Stuff Magazine’s “Coolest Comic of the Year” and the winner of Comedy Central’s “Stand-Up Showdown.” His arrival on the cultural stage was confirmed when Time Magazine listed him as one of the world’s “100 Most Influential People.”
Cook currently lives in LA, where he continues to develop new comedy material and film and television projects.
“Dane Cook: ISolated INcident”: buy the DVD or download-to-own. The DVD features “ISolated INterview,” a never-before-seen interview with Dane, and “30 Premeditated Acts” in which the comedian explains the genesis of some of his most famous routines.