Dane Jeffrey Cook (born March 18, 1972) is an American stand-up comedian and film actor. He is credited as one of the first comedians to use a personal webpage and MySpace to build a large fan base. As an actor, Cook has appeared in films since 1997, including “Mystery Men,” “Waiting...,” “Employee of the Month,” “Good Luck Chuck,” “Dan in Real Life,” “Mr. Brooks” and “My Best Friend's Girl.”
He performed an HBO special in the Fall of 2006, “Vicious Circle,” a straight-to-DVD special titled “Rough Around The Edges” (which is included in the album of the same name), and a Comedy Central special in 2009 titled “Isolated Incident.”
He has released five comedy albums: Harmful If Swallowed; Retaliation; Vicious Circle; Rough Around The Edges: Live From Madison Square Garden; and Isolated Incident. In 2006, Retaliation became the highest charting comedy album in 28 years and went platinum.
In 1994, Cook moved to New York City and began performing. Two years later, he moved to Los Angeles, where he still lives today. His big break came in 1998 when he appeared on Comedy Central's “Premium Blend.” In 2000, Cook did a half-hour special on “Comedy Central Presents.” Since then his special has won the Comedy Central Stand-up showdown twice in a row.
In 2003, Cook signed a contract with Comedy Central Records and released his first CD/DVD, “Harmful If Swallowed.” The album is certified platinum. He released his second CD/DVD in 2005, entitled “Retaliation.” This album went double platinum and became the highest charting comedy album in 28 years, peaking at #4 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.
In November 2006, Cook became the second comic to sell out Madison Square Garden. He did two sold out shows in one night. The show was filmed and would later be released as a DVD to be sold with Cook's third comedy album, entitled “Rough Around The Edges: Live From Madison Square Garden.” The album debuted at #11 on the Billboard 200.
He recorded his fourth album, “Isolated Incident,” during a performance which aired on Comedy Central on May 17, 2009, with the release of the record following two days later. The album was the last as part of Cook's four record deal with Comedy Central Records. The album was performed at The Laugh Factory in Hollywood. Cook released the DVD version of “Isolated Incident” in November 2009. A greatest hits album, “I Did My Best: Greatest Hits Album,” was released in 2010.