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Dane Jeffrey Cook (born March 18, 1972) is a stand-up comedian and film actor. While he's still active today under both professions, a mention of his name is likely going to bring back memories of his heyday in the mid-2000s.

Cook is well-known for his stage persona, which he reportedly based upon his parents, and which involves a great deal of long-form storytelling, surreal tangents, and babbling non-stop like he's constantly almost out of breath. He was also popular for being one of the first stand-up comics to rise to fame by capitalizing on the Internet, which he did through a personal webpage and a MySpace account, as well as uploading his material to various online spaces for free. This gave him a sizable fanbase, primarily among college students, and contributed to impressive album sales.

However, Cook is nowadays somewhat inseparable from his reputation as the household name of famously unpopular comedians among other stand-up comics and comedy writers, not least mentioning the memetic status it's gained among the public. This includes an infamous rant by Dr. Cox on Scrubs.

Notably, with the exception of Dan In Real Life, Cook's films also tend to be received very poorly by movie critics. He also appeared as himself in a 2011 episode of Louie, where he discussed a plagiarism controversy involving allegations that he stole bits from Louis C.K.

He's the Trope Namer for The Friend Nobody Likes, based off a memorable routine of his in which he discusses the trope in detail. This routine has also been credited as one of several possible origins for the pejorative term "Karen" that grew popular around the 2020s, as it contains him joking that women named Karen have a tendency to be the aforementioned friend.


  • Harmful if Swallowed (2003)
  • Retaliation (2005)
  • Rough Around the Edges (2007)
  • Isolated Incident (2009)
  • I Did My Best (greatest hits compilation; 2010)


Tropes applying to Dane Cook:

  • Alone Among the Couples: One of his routines, simply titled "Love," is about this trope and the frustration many us have felt at least once of being the only person we know who isn't in a relationship.
    "When you don't have love, it's like there's a party going on and everybody was invited except for you, and you just happen to be walking by that house in the rain."
  • Anachronic Order: "At the Wall", in which Dane tells the ending first, and then proceeds to tell the whole story. He states that this approach was inspired by Quentin Tarantino, as he explains what he's about to do by saying he's going to "Tarantino it".
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Invoked by his "Creepy Guy at Work" story. The set-up is that every workplace has that one creepy employee everyone avoids. However, Dane says that he goes out of his way to talk to the creepy guy every day, and even buy him candy bars. This is so when the guy inevitably goes nuts and shoots up the office, Dane will be spared for being so nice.
    Dane: He starts shooting up the place. (mimics shotgun firing) But he gets to my office, he's gonna be like... (cocks shotgun, gasps) "Thanks for the candy." Yeah, you're gonna talk to that guy, now.
  • Bee Afraid: Defied. "Would You Rather?" starts with him making fun of people who die from bees, stating that he'd retaliate against this by punching every bee in the face.
  • Black Comedy: Occasionally.
    • "B&E" is all about committing breaking and entering on some random stranger's house by kicking in their front door. After fleeing the scene of the crime, Dane feels guilty about not stealing anything, as stealing something would have at least provided the family closure. He imagines that the family must've been haunted by it for years, wondering "What the hell did he take?" in their quiet moments.invoked
    • In a bit about The Price Is Right, Dane says that the Big Wheel is actually filled with blood, and that Bob Barker is actually a zombie who has been dead since 1987.
  • Call-Back:
    • "The Chicken Sangwich The Heckler and The Kabbash" references "The BK Lounge" via its title, much to the audience's satisfaction.
    • "At the Wall" also references his "fuck shoes" assertion from "Car Accident", to a similar reaction.
  • The Caper: "The Heist," where Cook argues that "more than sex, guys would rather be part of a heist."
    Where's the van? The van was supposed to be here!
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Dane has a very hyperactive imagination onstage, which can lead to some very strange tangents. For example, a story about him confronting an atheist that sneezed on him takes a brief detour where he discusses lining up a Windex bottle properly.
  • Do Wrong, Right: In his "B&E" routine, after admitting that for all his talk about wanting to break and enter, all he did was just kick in two doors of a house and leave, Dane laments that he didn't take anything, since it must be psychologically destroying the family to figure out what he took from their house. He also proposes that, at the very least, he could've left something there that they didn't have before ("Nothing appears to be missing, but there is a lava lamp here now, not sure what that's about"), all for the sake of really messing with their heads.
  • Epic Rocking: He has several tracks over 10 minutes long ("At the Wall", "The Chicken Sangwich The Heckler and The Kabbash", "Cheater 2.0", "Cinematic Adventures", "DJ Diddles") as well as some slightly below that ("B&E", "Truth About Lying", "I Did My Best", "The Atheist", "Bonus Track"). His longest track, "The Game of Love and How To Destroy It", is over 20 minutes long.
  • Flipping the Bird: Discussed in "Fuk and the Finga". Some guy flipped him off in New York, leading to Dane wondering who invented the middle finger as an insult. He eventually created the super-finger, or "su-fi", which is the middle and ring fingers both up with the thumb pointed out. The "su-fi" eventually became a symbol of his.
  • Friendly Tickle Torture: Discussed, saying that when he experienced tickling as a kid, it "started fun [and] ended horribly" by turning into actual Tickle Torture.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: The trope name comes from one of his routines in which he discusses the trope's premise in detail, even giving examples (it's often women named Karen, or men named Brian). He also states that if you don't know which one of your friends is this (or if you disagree with the premise in general), then that's because it's you.
  • Gaslighting: Played for Laughs and discussed in "B&E". After kicking in the front door and a closet door of some stranger's house, Dane admits that it must have been bizarre for that family to come home to find nothing missing. He then imagines a scenario where he keeps randomly kicking in the front door for no reason whatsoever, psychologically destroying the father of the household into wanting a divorce.
  • G-Rated Drug: "Hopped Up on the Q"note .
  • Greatest Hits Album: I Did My Best.
  • Heel Realization: Played for Laughs. In "B&E", Dane kicks in the door to a stranger's house in order to commit breaking and entering. However, as soon as Dane kicks the door, he realizes that he didn't want to do a B&E after all; he just wanted to kick a door in.
  • Ignored Epiphany: When he was about to "do a B&E" by kicking in the door to a random stranger's house, he didn't know if he could go through with it. Then he said "I got it!" and kicked down the door.
  • Less Embarrassing Term: He calls Burger King "The B.K. Lounge" because as a teenager he was embarrassed to tell his friends that his after-school job was at the aforementioned restaurant.
  • Live Album: Rough Around the Edges: Live from Madison Square Garden.
  • Metaphorgotten: His jokes go into deep story telling and exaggerate a slew of this. Case and point: He made a joke talking about masturbation, saying that he imagined having sex with a woman who turns into a dragon, and then is taken away to a laboratory for testing. The ending is that he's too busy imagining that to jerk off anymore.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: invoked One of his routines is about how much he loves the sound of car alarms, to the point that he wrote lyrics for them.
  • Mushroom Samba: Snorting Nestle Quik powder would apparently give him "fucked-up dreams".
  • No Indoor Voice: He once worked at Burger King, and hated people who would yell at the drive-thru for no reWHOPPER NO ONION! Though Cook admits that they were slightly better than people who talked so quiet that he couldn't hear them.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Lampshades this during his routine about breaking into somebody's house. He didn't steal anything, because he realized five seconds after breaking in that all he wanted to do was kick in a door. Later, he wondered whether he'd unwittingly shattered the homeowner's psyche when they came home to find the door busted in, but no theft. He goes into a routine where the family's life falls apart because the dad is worried about another door getting kicked in.invoked
  • Person as Verb: In "At the Wall", Dane decides to "Tarantino it" by telling the ending first and then going back to the start to tell the full story.
  • Schmuck Bait: After telling the audience to always line up a Windex bottle and never put it halfway, Dane lampshades that someone will probably try doing that when they get home. He then wonders what would happen if a ghost came out of the bottle.
    "HAHAHAHAHA! He told you not to! HAHAHAHAHA! I am Windextor! I WILL CLEAN YOUR SOUL!"
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: He once wanted to break into somebody's house and steal something. It was only after he had kicked in the front door to a stranger's house (and an unlocked closet door) that he realized how bad an idea that was, and ran off.
  • The Shelf of Movie Languishment: NBC axed his comedy Next Caller after filming four out of its six-episode order, citing creative differences.
  • There Was a Door: His routine about Kool-Aid Man's tendency to burst through walls.
    "Fuck drinking out of him; if that was me, I'd be like, 'No, no, no, you fix that wall before my dad gets home from work! He's gonna beat me with a belt; he's not gonna believe a talking bowl of fruit punch came in here.' You stupid idiot. Yeah, coming through the wall is real fucking cool! Using the front door is cool!"
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: "My Son Optimus Prime", in which Dane says that he'd like to name his child "Brrrrr" (pronounced like an onomatopoeia, no less).