Comedian Dane Cook
Named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in 2006, Dane is currently on a sold-out stand-up tour. His second album, Retaliation, was Billboard's highest-ranking comedy CD in more than 30 years. When he's not making people laugh in venues like Madison Square Garden, he appears on the silver screen alongside stars like Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson and Steve Carell.
One of the first large venues Dane played was Boston Garden—which holds 15,000 people. Dane says he was performing during a music festival when he saw the audience start to turn. Next thing he knew, they were pelting him with lighters! "Thousands of lighters," he says.
Then the crowd started throwing shoes! "I actually had an epiphany in that moment," he says. "I was standing there going: 'I understand the lighters. Who throws their shoes? Did they bring extra shoes to throw?'"
Once, Dane says he had a tough set at Café Wha?, a New York City club where greats like Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor used to play. "I'm sweating like Shaq at the foul line, and suddenly you can hear a gentleman in the bathroom getting physically sick and the whole crowd is, like, turning and watching, you know, the door," he says.
"He finally walks out of the bathroom and it's dead quiet, and I said, 'You all right in there?' And he said, 'Yeah, I got ahold of some bad comedy.'"
Now, Dane's grateful for where he is in his career. "Fortunate for me, the fan base grew and grew, and more people wanted to come out and do shows," he says.
For example, Dane says he was at a restaurant and wanted to order a turkey club with only lettuce, mayonnaise and cheese. When Dane says he started to order, the waitress stopped him. "She goes, 'Excuse me, why don't you just tell me what you don't want on it?'"
Dane says he started wondering what it would be like if all customer service revolved around the things you don't want. "Yes, could I get a coach-class ticket for the flight?" he jokes. "I don't want fire on the flight. I don't want dogs running around nipping at people. I don't want a surly character complaining about a dog that's not my dog in an angry fashion."
Now, Dane says he's dating a great girl. "She's incredible," he says. "Good person in my life."
Watch Dane talk about his biggest turn-ons.
Now, Dane says his parents crack him up. "My dad kind of had like a cool swagger, very subtle," he says.
Dane says his mom has a hand gesture for every conversation. "There was always a wave," he says. "She was like a wizard of some sort, my mom."
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