Dane Cook continues to shift into the next phase of his career by reflecting on the past. Here’s his take on why so many comics aren’t a fan:
I think a lot of the animosity is because I’m actually, at my core, one of those hipster comics. I am one of those alt-guys. I speak their language. I was just as outcast-worthy as any of them. But I broke through on a mainstream level. I started to use that kind of alt-y mentality of like, “I’m just going to hang out up here. It’s not going to be rehearsed.” I don’t rehearse. I don’t write my jokes down. I get up here and I play. And that’s really the central delight of the whole alternative movement at that time.
Cook’s jokes feel pretty rehearsed to me, but hey, the spirit of play is a great sentiment, so I’m not knockin’ him. He also talks about how the script for his confrontation with Louis C.K. on Louie was “a remarkable piece of art.” Opining about how artistically great Louie is? Maybe he really is one of us.