Dane Cook Jokes About Dark Knight Shooting
And then quickly apologizes
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2012 2:04 PM CDT
Updated Jul 27, 2012 5:44 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Comedian Dane Cook got the is-it-too-soon debate started only a week after the Dark Knight massacre in Colorado. Video obtained by the Daily Caller shows Cook telling a joke at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles: “I know that if none of that would have happened, pretty sure that somebody in that theater, about 25 minutes in, realizing it was a piece of crap, was probably like, 'Ugh f---ing shoot me.’” He drew a mix of groans and laughter. Early reaction is decidedly not in Cook's favor:

  • Tony Hicks, Contra Costa Times: "Yes, it's too soon. It may always be too soon. Especially for Dane Cook."
  • Jeff Labrecque, Entertainment Weekly: He likens the joke to a Gilbert Gottfried line about 9/11 three weeks after the attack. Gottfried recovered quickly, he writes. "Will Cook, who has a sitcom in the works at NBC, bounce back as quickly? Too soon!… to tell."
  • Lauren Lloyd, LAist: "The corners of our mouths have hit the floor."
  • Dane Cook: The comedian himself apologized on Twitter this afternoon, reports TMZ. "I made a bad judgment call with my material last night & regret making a joke at such a sensitive time. My heart goes out to all of the families & friends of the victims."

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Jul 28, 2012 3:51 PM CDT
You know... you try to give this guy a 2nd or 3rd chance, after concluding maybe you haven't been fair, but then it turns out he really is just a douchebag. A talented comedian can get away with a tasteless joke this soon. But Cook should always remember, he has no talent.
Jul 28, 2012 10:13 AM CDT
Dane Cook is never funny. Roger Dangerfield is funny. Cook removes the fun in funny. I've never understood why any person would pay a cent to see this guy.
Jul 28, 2012 9:55 AM CDT
Dane is one of those comedians whose material and style have "eluded" me. I've watched and loved comedians as far back as the Borscht Belt comics who were the very first on the TV variety shows ... I've seen Henny Youngman with his fiddle in his hand deliver ... "Take my wife .... PLEASE!" ... and I've watched Dane many times ... and I don't get it ... He's fairly insightful in some ways, but ... funny? Uh uh ... Others, apparently in significant numbers ... would disagree.