Dane Cook ready to pause stand-up, try new things
December 5th, 2011
11:27 AM ET

Dane Cook ready to pause stand-up, try new things

Dane Cook seems to have just as many fans as he has detractors, and for the latter category, this is probably good news:  The successful comedian tells the L.A. Times that he's unsure if he'll return to stand-up.

"I don't want to say I've retired, but this is an important time to shift my energy to something new. If I'm going to do stand-up again...I want to feel like I'm lending something to it," he says.

So in the meantime, Cook is angling for different opportunities, such as the new drama "Answers to Nothing," in which he plays an unfaithful husband in an unhappy marriage.

"It was certainly something different than what people have seen me do before," Cook, 39, says of the part. "I wanted to use it for my own progress."

He's not walking away from comedy for good, however, as he does have a deal with NBC to create a half-hour sitcom, a venture he says would allow him to reach his fans in a way that doesn't require a stand-up comedy tour. "I'm at the point where it's like, I've done so much with stand-up comedy, and I've taken it everywhere I want to take it," he explains.

And to the aforementioned unimpressed, Cook adds that he's aware of his critics.

"To many people, I'm truly not funny," he says. "There was a good chunk of time where it was unsettling, but now I understand it. I accept it. It doesn't define me."


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  1. Beautiful Vixen

    Agree with most. He doesn't bring the LOLs for me.

    December 5, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anomic Office Drone

    "reach his fans"?

    Who would call themselves fans of this guy?

    December 5, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. A Concerned Citizen

    About time this washed up hack finds something else to fail at..

    December 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. apeman

    Never funny.....useless....I'm worried for the people that actually think he is funny....

    December 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. blindy

    LOL Derp : ) Thx : )

    December 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. derp

    Great, he's moving on from stand up. Now he can suck at something else too.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. madhater

    He should consider doing some drugs.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. imbicile

    And he is a doooodoooo eater.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. WILDMOM

    he didnt steal anything from louis ck

    December 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. imbicile

    Ive really never heard of him before. He must not post here much.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Evel Knievel

    He finally ran out of comics to steal from.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. WILDMOM

    Dane Cook is one the most successful comics of all time if u dont know who he is ur an idiot

    December 5, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • comeon

      @WILDMOM
      He may have made a lot of money, but he is a awful comic and a terrible actor.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tracie

    This man looks like my husband. I would LOVE for him to sit on my face or I would love a pair of his underwear with skidmarks in them.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Richard Fore

    The dude banged Jessica Simpson, probably her childs real father.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. herman

    I loved him when he was with Motley Crue. That doodddying on the stage thing was a riot.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  16. chantal

    My friend said Danes legs are really tired.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  17. jake

    I think bozo might have been his great uncle or something. Bozo was better though. He had the pongpong ball toss.

    December 5, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  18. not firsty

    I have to goog him to. Never heard of him. Is he related to bozo ?

    December 5, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  19. jenny

    When did he start being a comedian? Ive never heard this bozo say something funny.

    December 5, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |

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