Back in the noughties, Dane Cook practically ruled the comedy world. The stand-up sold out stadiums, hit the Billboard top five and was all over the burgeoning social media scene. And Hollywood couldn’t get enough of him, either – the comedian made eight films in just four years. All of a sudden, however, the studios stopped calling. And the reasons why may well surprise you.
A Massachusetts native, Cook came into the world in March of 1972. A self-confessed introvert as a child, he finally found his confidence in high school and started performing comedy routines. And in college, though he majored in graphic design, he had already set his sights on a career in stand-up.
After relocating to Los Angeles in 1996, Cook began performing and gaining exposure. But his big break finally came in 1998, when Comedy Central offered him a spot on its comedy showcase series Premium Blend. It was just two years later that Cook landed his own stand-up special.