Named a comedian phenomenon 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 created, directed, and starred in the network’s nine part comedy documentary series, Tourgasm, and wrote, executive produced, and starred in Dane Cook: Vicious Circle, a feature length stand up event.
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. Two years ago, 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 hit double platinum, marked him as the highest charting comedian in 27 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 differentBillboard charts and is certified platinum.
Last year, Cook hosted the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, helping the program earn the highest non-sports ratings of any network that year. A highly sought-after talk show guest, he’s appeared multiple times onJimmy Kimmel Live!, the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He has headlined Comedy Central’s Dave Attell’s Insomniac Tour Featuring Sean Rouse, Greg Giraldo and Dane Cook DVD movie and has 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, Massachusetts, 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’ emails and works tirelessly to remain accessible through blogs, podcasts, and free downloads of his routines. As a result of his efforts, his website, www.danecook.com, now receives over 500,000 hits per month, and his MySpace following has grown to an unprecedented community of 2,300,000 friends.
Among his many honors as a stand up comedian, Cook was named Rolling Stone magazine’s Hot Comic, Stuffmagazine’s Coolest Comic of the Year, and the winner of Comedy Central’s Stand Up Showdown. Last year, his arrival on the cultural stage was confirmed when Time Magazine listed him on the Time 100 list as one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People.
Cook currently lives in Los Angeles, where he continues to develop new comedy material, and film and television projects.