That word is “douchebag,” and if you sniff around the Internet in search of what passes for Dane Cook commentary, you will find that word several thousand times.Cook is aware of his immense unpopularity; he knows all about “the haters,” as he calls the vast horde of otherwise rational Americans who devote a considerable amount of their free time to expressing seething contempt for him. After perusing the vitriol and sampling the angry videos that suggest he die, he says, he found himself blurting aloud, “You know what?He exploded so fast that there was little talk of his years spent in rattrap clubs honing the craft and cultivating fans. His second album, , went platinum twice and shot to number four on the Billboard charts, the highest position for a comedy album in nearly three decades.
There’s a brief moment during “Troublemaker” wherein a man, deep in the crowd, tries to muster up a yelp about something or other, but Cook — after trying to engage the heckler — shoots him down as a “mushmouth” who’ll give his girlfriend or spouse a horrible story to tell later. It’s the haternet.” He has joined in on drinking the haterade, and acknowledges that one of his two — TWO — anonymous online handles reveals that 10 other people had the same soul-crushing idea for an identity and committed to it before him.
The meat of Cook’s 78-minute set deals with the nature of modern love and relationships in the technology age of online dating, texting, social media and emoji. ” If you’re still single and not in a relationship, Cook mock-pities you.
Cook also directed and executive-produced “Troublemaker.” A couple of times early in his set, he reminds us who’s in charge.
In the past few years, Dane Cook has been savaged by a band of haters and forced to bury both his parents. The house is perched on a cramped hillside so tangled with money and power that one resident a block down the road has erected a sign urging everyone to turn down their music, to be respectful, to share the hill.
Betrayal, by its very nature, hits you unaware and sucks the wind out of you.
Like his neighbor’s sign said, There’s a word that seems to stick to Dane Cook, and it is not a nice word.
“What I’ve learned through all of this, through thick and thin,” he says in one of the more reflective moments of the set, “the only thing that really matters, really, is family.” But when came out in May, the album already felt dated, its title bitterly ironic.
By then Cook had learned he was an apparent crime victim, allegedly robbed of millions—by his own brother.
Unlike Aziz Ansari, who recently joined Cook in select company by performing in and taping his upcoming stand-up special in Madison Square Garden, Cook isn’t interested so much in stopping his show to question or poll specific audience members as much as he’s interested in acting out his own observations. I know what I’m doing here.” Cook is steering the ship, and he’ll clue all the women watching or listening in that men likewise are steering their ladies in real-life social situations, such as an outdoor mall or farmer’s market. Because there are so many options available to you know online where you can be truly yourself and find a mate who seeks same. Even he’ll go ahead and hate on women who “trick” us with their Twitter avatar photos in thumbnails, or their “horrible” pithy online bios.
The first few premises, in fact, aren’t even about relationships, but more general observations about how we act and feel in social situations. “We’re putting our arm around you because we’re fucking steering you! He cites Christian Mingle and JDate as examples, then for his third, finds an unfortunately easy mark and punchline in Indian culture. He’s used to it and then some by now, some eight years since peaking as the hottest comedian in the country.
Then his own brother was indicted this spring for siphoning million from Cook's bank account. “No matter how important you might be,” the sign says, “we are all the same.” Cook’s house is at a slight remove from whatever mayhem may occur down the road. Or perhaps it’s only that he doesn’t really want to do this, doesn’t want to sit out here and dredge up the past couple of years.