Back in the Noughties, Dane Cook pretty much owned comedy. The stand-up sold out stadiums, hit the Billboard top five and was all over the burgeoning social media scene. Hollywood couldn’t get enough of him, either – the comedian made eight films in four years. Then, all of a sudden, the studios stopped calling. And the reasons why might 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. In college, he majored in graphic design but had already set his sights on a career in stand-up.
After relocating to Los Angeles in 1996, Cook began gaining exposure on Comedy Central. The network gave him a spot on its comedy showcase Premium Blend in 1998. And two years later, it handed Cook his own stand-up special.