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** No Cure For Cancer also opens with an ''epic'' rant about a man from England who at the time had a senate hearing to make the medical health warnings on cigarette packs much larger; in the 2000's, the US packaging began to feature prominent written warnings regarding the dangers of smoking; packets in the UK are now required to feature graphic images of the effects of smoking, including diseased lungs, clogged arteries and so on. Looks like the guy got he last laugh, Denis.


He's related, through [[ChainOfDeals various marriages]], to Creator/ConanOBrien. He's also an old friend of Jon Stewart, and is a guest on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' fairly regularly

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He's related, through [[ChainOfDeals various marriages]], to Creator/ConanOBrien. He's also an old friend of Jon Stewart, Creator/JonStewart, and is a guest on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' fairly regularly



* VitriolicBestBuds: He's best friends with Jon Stewart, so naturally they spend the entirety of Leary's ''[[Series/TheDailyShowWithJonStewart Daily Show]]'' appearances bantering, kvetching, and generally ragging on each other. Jon has never been one to stick to an interview point, but when Leary turns up, as often as not whatever allegedly prompted his appearance isn't even ''mentioned'' after the introduction.

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* VitriolicBestBuds: He's best friends with Jon Stewart, Creator/JonStewart, so naturally they spend the entirety of Leary's ''[[Series/TheDailyShowWithJonStewart Daily Show]]'' appearances bantering, kvetching, and generally ragging on each other. Jon has never been one to stick to an interview point, but when Leary turns up, as often as not whatever allegedly prompted his appearance isn't even ''mentioned'' after the introduction.


Due to a [[WeUsedToBeFriends personal rift]] between Leary and Creator/BillHicks, fueled by allegations of plagiarizing Hicks' material, it's best not to mention him around fans of Hicks. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement We'll just leave it at that]], but Wiki/TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denis_Leary more information]] for the curious.

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Due to a [[WeUsedToBeFriends personal rift]] between Leary and Creator/BillHicks, fueled by allegations of plagiarizing Hicks' material, it's best not to mention him around fans of Hicks. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement We'll just leave it at that]], but Wiki/TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denis_Leary more information]] for the curious.


* ''Series/TheJob'': [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Watch him bust a counterfeit Pokemon trading cards ring! And try (and fail) to spell "Jigglypuff"!]]

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* ''Series/TheJob'': [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Watch him bust a counterfeit Pokemon trading cards ring! And try (and fail) to spell "Jigglypuff"!]]"Jigglypuff"!


* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Don't let his abrasive stand-up persona fool you. Plus, [[http://www.learyfirefighters.org/ he started an organization for firefighters and their families.]] He's pretty much a nice, goodhearted guy who loves pretending to be a bastard.
** It really comes through in his ''Daily Show'' appearances where he drops the act and spends a couple of minutes just chilling with one of his best friends.


* ''Film/Judgment Night''

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* ''Film/Judgment Night''''Film/JudgmentNight''


* ''Judgment Night''

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* SanitySlippage: His kids got a [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] bank toy that plays voice clips where he would breathe and say "USE THE FORCE LUKE". Eventually, [[HilarityEnsues the mechanism broke, causing it to go off randomly]]. At one point he was trying to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and he would hear it, thinking it was saying "HEY DENIS I'M ON AGAIN! COME AND TURN ME OFF! HAHAHA!".


* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Discussed and embraced in ''Lock and Load'' when he talks about how many environmental awareness groups there are ("Save the Eagle, Save the Whales, Save the Porpoise, Save the Raccoon and the Rat; why not save your breath?"), and that despite this, people in America only want to save the cute animals.

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* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Discussed and embraced in ''Lock and Load'' when he talks about how many environmental awareness groups there are ("Save the Eagle, Save the Whales, Save the Porpoise, Save the Raccoon and the Rat; why not save your breath?"), and that despite this, people in America [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute only want to save the cute animals.animals]].


* DrugsAreGood: He loves to drink both coffee and booze, and smoke to excess. He also makes obnoxious noises while doing it, too (num num num). He said that if he ever got throat cancer, he`d turn himself into a cigarette themed superhero named "Tracheotomy Man" whose superpower is smoking an entire pack at once.

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* DrugsAreGood: He loves to drink both coffee and booze, and smoke to excess. He also makes obnoxious noises while doing it, too (num num num). He said that if he ever got throat cancer, he`d he'd turn himself into a cigarette themed superhero named "Tracheotomy Man" whose superpower is smoking an entire pack at once.

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* {{Cyborg}}: Well, no, but he thinks [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrolarynx voice-boxes]] sound cool and can't wait until he can get one


* ''Film/JudgmentNight''
* ''Film/MonumentAvenue''

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* ''Film/JudgmentNight''
''Judgment Night''
* ''Film/MonumentAvenue''''Monument Avenue''



* ''Film/TwoIfBySea''

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* ''Film/TwoIfBySea''''Two If By Sea''



* AnnoyingArrows: In ''No Cure For Cancer'' he relates a story (retold in ''Why We Suck'') about how when he was a kid, his brother and brother's friend once shot him in the head with an arrow. The two of them then proceeded to run away and Denis' father actually ''pulled the arrow out'' before taking him to the hospital at the insistence of his mother.

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* AnnoyingArrows: In ''No Cure For Cancer'' he relates a story (retold in ''Why We Suck'') about how when he was a kid, his brother and brother's friend once shot him in the head with an arrow. The two of them then proceeded to run away and Denis' father actually ''pulled the arrow out'' before taking him to the hospital hospital, but only at the insistence of his mother.mother; Denis' dad just told him to put a Band-Aid on it.



* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Is it impossible to get a cup of coffee-flavored coffee in this country?"

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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Subverted. "Is it impossible to get a cup of coffee-flavored coffee in this country?"country?" According to him, it is. Most of the routine, in fact, is Leary perplexed that he has to specify that he wants coffee-flavored coffee when ordering it.



** Flavored coffee at 7Eleven.
** Microbreweries that don't serve Budweiser.

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** Flavored coffee at 7Eleven.
7-Eleven. He ends up berating the clerk when he finds out an unlabeled container was actually Maple Nut Crunch-flavored.
** Microbreweries that don't serve more common beers. He once told a bartender to "go in the back and micro-brew me up a batch of fuckin' Budweiser."



* DrugsAreGood: He loves to drink (both coffee and booze) and smoke to excess (num num num) and make obnoxious noises while doing it, too (num num num). He said that if he ever got throat cancer, he`d turn himself into a cigarette themed superhero named "Tracheotomy Man" whose superpower is smoking an entire pack at once....

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* DrugsAreGood: He loves to drink (both both coffee and booze) booze, and smoke to excess (num num num) and make excess. He also makes obnoxious noises while doing it, too (num num num). He said that if he ever got throat cancer, he`d turn himself into a cigarette themed superhero named "Tracheotomy Man" whose superpower is smoking an entire pack at once....once.



* ExactWords / LaserGuidedKarma: After the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUJ-8R4ghXU a bumper for an award show]] done in the style of a [=MasterCard=] "Priceless" commercial showed various Red Sox fans saying what they would give for a Sox championship. It then comes to Leary, who is told he said he would give his left nut to see it happen. After a few moments of denial, he goes, "Huh... that ''does'' sound like something I would say, doesn't it?" while another guy holds up what appears to be a pair of hedge clippers. The end of the spot featured half of (a fake version of) the [=MasterCard=] logo[[note]]Which if you don't know is shaped like two balls[[/note]] falling away while Leary's voice exclaims "[[GroinAttack Ow! You bastards!]]"

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* ExactWords / LaserGuidedKarma: After the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUJ-8R4ghXU a bumper for an award show]] done in the style of a [=MasterCard=] "Priceless" commercial showed various Red Sox fans saying what they would give for a Sox championship. It then comes to Leary, who is told he said he would give his left nut to see it happen. After a few moments of denial, he goes, "Huh... that ''does'' sound like something I would say, doesn't it?" while another guy holds up what appears to be a pair of hedge clippers. The end of the spot featured half of (a a fake version of) of the [=MasterCard=] logo[[note]]Which if you don't know is shaped like two balls[[/note]] falling away while Leary's voice exclaims "[[GroinAttack Ow! You bastards!]]"



* GrowingUpSucks: ''Life's Gonna Suck''.
* HatOfAuthority: Discussed when talking about the Catholic church...

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* GrowingUpSucks: ''Life's Gonna Suck''.
Suck'', a song about the kinds of things adults have to deal with. The song also says there's no Santa Claus or Easter Bunny, and that "Big Bird isn't funny."
* HatOfAuthority: Discussed when talking about the Catholic church...church.



** Given his heritage, it's actually not that surprising.



* {{Jerkass}}: How many people view him, and the song "Asshole" is pretty much a celebration of Jerkasses and his stand-up persona in general (hell, it even provides the page quote!). Of course, it's part of his act. See below.

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* {{Jerkass}}: How many people view him, and the song "Asshole" is pretty much a celebration of Jerkasses and his stand-up persona in general (hell, it even provides the page quote!). Of course, it's part of his act. See below.



* JoggersFindDeath: {{Inverted}}; he recounts the story of famous jogger Jim Fixx dying of a heart attack, and posits that it was probably two smokers who found him.

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* JoggersFindDeath: {{Inverted}}; he recounts the story of famous jogger Jim Fixx dying of a heart attack, attack while jogging, and posits that it was probably two smokers who found him.



* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: During ''No Cure for Cancer'' he relates a story about how his father nearly severed his [[{{Fingore}} thumb with a circular saw]] and just said he needed some electrical tape. He also wouldn't let his wife drive him to the hospital.
-->He would not let my mother drive him to the hospital; that was too much of a threat to his masculinity to be seen riding in a car driven by a woman. So he taped up the thumb with black electrical tape, and drove himself minus one thumb to the hospital. I turned to my brother and said "Hey pal, forget about crying, okay? Crying is over. We're never gonna be able to cry about anything ever, okay? Our father figure is a man who could sever his own head with a chainsaw and he'd staple gun it back on ''(staple sound effects)'' 'Fuckin head came off!' ''(staple sound effects)''"

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* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: During ''No Cure for Cancer'' he relates a story about how his father nearly severed his [[{{Fingore}} thumb with a circular saw]] saw]], and just said he needed some electrical tape. He also wouldn't let his wife drive him to the hospital.
-->He would not let my mother drive him to the hospital; that it was too much of a threat to his masculinity to be seen riding in a car driven by a woman. So he taped up the thumb with black electrical tape, and drove himself minus one thumb to the hospital. I turned to my brother and said "Hey pal, forget about crying, okay? Crying is over. We're never gonna be able to cry about anything ever, okay? Our father figure is a man who could sever his own head with a chainsaw and he'd staple gun it back on ''(staple sound effects)'' 'Fuckin head came off!' ''(staple sound effects)''"



* MenDontCry: The basis for his routines about his father, and his own experience of getting shot in the head with an arrow, where he admits to being afraid to cry out of fear of being punished for it. Leary also mentions that two heartbreaking incidents, the death of his father and his son being born dangerously premature, had him constantly holding a lump in his throat to avoid crying at all.



* RunningGag: Almost any time he brings up his late father, expect wood paneling to be brought up, since Mr. Leary was so fond of putting up wood paneling that he even had it on his car. Also, in his stand-up comedy acts, he often briefly references things that he's said [[BrickJoke earlier in the show.]]

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* RunningGag: Almost any time he brings up his late father, expect wood paneling to be brought up, since the elder Mr. Leary was so fond of putting up wood paneling that he even had it on his car. Also, in his stand-up comedy acts, he often briefly references things that he's said [[BrickJoke earlier in the show.]]



* SpellMyNameWithAnS: It's De''n''is, with one N.

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: It's De''n''is, Denis, with one N.

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** Given his heritage, it's actually not that surprising.


* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: During ''No Cure for Cancer'' he relates a story about how his father nearly severed his [[Fingore thumb with a circular saw]] and just said he needed some electrical tape. He also wouldn't let his wife drive him to the hospital.

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* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: During ''No Cure for Cancer'' he relates a story about how his father nearly severed his [[Fingore [[{{Fingore}} thumb with a circular saw]] and just said he needed some electrical tape. He also wouldn't let his wife drive him to the hospital.


* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: During ''No Cure for Cancer'' he relates a story about how his father nearly severed his thumb with a circular saw] and just said he needed some electrical tape. He also wouldn't let his wife drive him to the hospital.

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* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: During ''No Cure for Cancer'' he relates a story about how his father nearly severed his [[Fingore thumb with a circular saw] saw]] and just said he needed some electrical tape. He also wouldn't let his wife drive him to the hospital.

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