Only hilarious to the most brain-washed of fans.
Many people attribute the rampant Dane-bashing to his recent, almost
overnight skyrocketing into fame. A common "counter complaint" is that
most people (read: snobs) like things that are only unpopular, and that
the second anyone knows the sweet, sweet taste of success, all of a
sudden they're the selling-out rock stars that aren't cool any more.
First, I was hip to Dane Cook back when Dane's only claim to fame was a
Comedy Central special and a comedy CD with mediocre sales numbers
(Harmful if Swallowed). Like everyone else in Middle/High school, when
I first heard it I thought it was hilarious. When I heard that Dane was
getting an almost ridiculously over-the-top special on HBO, I was eager
to see it, but was forced to wait for a DVD release. The day before I
watched it, I decided to re-kindle my previous excitement for Dane by
re-listening and re-watching his comedy album and CC special, and,
honestly, I realized that Dane just isn't funny.
First off, Dane couldn't have picked a safer, easier-to-please crowd
than the sea of young, white, Boston, catholic college girls (why
catholic is relevant later on). It doesn't take anything to make your
home crowd laugh, even Dane's most pitiful of jokes get rousing yucks
by the brain-dead college chicks, the fact that he's performing in
front of young college chicks decreases the effort he needs to put out
for a laugh by about a billion percent. For his special, Dane seems to
have abandoned his usual method of "telling random jokes"
a-mile-a-minute with frequent body flailing" to another method, that of
"Telling random jokes in an agonizingly long format with infrequent
body flailing". Dane was moderately entertaining in his earlier days,
back when he promptly cut the bull and made just about every joke a Jim
Carrey-esquire bout of physical comedy.
Dane's material for this special can also be characterized as "Telling
bull**** stories that never happened, and making observations about
life that aren't true." Right out of the gate, Dane starts his special
with a bit I dub "Lies". Not only is this bit painfully drawn out
(Here's what happens: He gets invited to a party, lies about going,
then tells more lies to cover up that lie. This takes almost ten
minutes to tell) but it is also, ironically, a lie itself. This never
happened. As a matter of fact NONE of the stories he talks about
happened. They're nothing but weak, arbitrary stories he makes up to
fit his lame jokes. Never is this more apparent than his downright
offensive bit about atheists. He goes on an extended bit about how he
gets into an argument with an atheist after he (Dane) says "God bless
you" after he (the atheist) sneezes. This NEVER happened. Mid-bit, Dane
needlessly name-drops himself as catholic, and the amount of applause
this generates should scream "DANE COOK IS A WUSS WHO PICKS ON EASY
TARGETS! DANE COOK IS A WUSS WHO PICKS ON EASY TARGETS!" There's no way
in HELL (pardon the pun) that an atheist would go on such a
comedy-perfect tirade. The bit is punctuated with what the atheist
believes is his fate after death, and, if you don't realize that it's
bull**** at that point, you should be paralyzed in an industrial
Next, Dane really tries to come off as this dispenser of sage-advice,
but what he talks about is just plain garbage; I said out-loud during
his bit about arguing with women "That's not true!" I'm also willing to
bet cash money that no one went through the horribly contrived motions
of crying that he describes.
If this review paints me as a snob, then I've done my job well. At
first I thought that maybe the people who say people only hate things
that are popular were right. But then I thought "Nope." Look at the
audiences of each comic, and you can tell right away how skilled they
are at their craft. Most hack black comics who just make race material
for a half hour typically only have like-raced audience members, so
there's no threat of being called out for their ****. New york comics
typically have assholes who demand a laugh, so I put them above people
such as Dane Cook, whose audience consists of one of the easiest to
please demographics that ever existed. I'd be really interested to see
where Dane would be as a comedian if he wasn't good looking..
Whiteboy94 watch Threat Of Exposure movie
Whiteboy94 watch Yonkers Joe movie
Dane Cook Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
jasean08 watch Fire From Below movie
Rnpthumper watch Squatter's Rights movie
Hilarious Mann wow .
Rnpthumper watch Spirit Lost movie
Dane cook is hilariousssss!.
This is hilarious.
An overrated Comic in a Concert whose quality does not justify its length....
DANE COOK: VICIOUS CIRCLE was the severely overrated HBO debut of
red-hot stand up comedian Dane Cook, wisely filmed in his hometown to
make him seem a lot funnier than he really is. Cook was first
introduced to HBO audiences with the dreadfully boring documentary
TOURGASM which was then capped off with this comedy concert filmed in
Cook's hometown of Boston. Apparently, Bostonians find this guy
hysterically funny because the audience at this concert is shown going
out of their minds at every single word that comes out of this guy's
mouth and I just didn't get. Cook seems full of himself,
self-congratulatory, and madly in love with the sound of his own voice.
The nucleus of some very funny material is here, but Cook blows
everything way out of proportion...the guy lakes twenty-minutes to tell
a five minute joke and his material hardly merits the 90 minutes (!)
that HBO gave him while really funny guys like Chris Rock and DL
Hughley only get 60 minutes. For hard-core Cook fans only..