December 5th, 2011
11:27 AM ET
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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