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article imageDane Cook to star in new NBC comedy show

By Armando Tamayo     Sep 30, 2011 in Entertainment
Stand-up comedian Dane Cook is working on a new comedy show at NBC. The network signed Cook for a deal for a half-hour comedy show for the network's next season lineup. This will mark the comedian's first major role on national TV.
The 39-year old-comedian-actor will headline the sitcom, but will also be part of the development through his own production company Superfinger Entertainment. NBC aims for a fall 2012 debut of the still untitled program. Cook will join his other contemporaries like Whitney Cummings, Chelsea Handler and Sarah Silverman at the peacock network.
It was relatively an active time for new deals for NBC, which has recently picked up the Valley of the Dolls series, JJ Abrams/Eric Kripke's new thriller Revolution and an Ethan Hawke crime drama Blue Tilt.
For Dane Cook, following the footsteps of his co-comedians for a major TV sitcom will be another step of transition from an already successful career in stand-up comedy. He has released five multi-platinum comedy albums and has appeared on several cable TV and DVD specials. He has hosted two of Saturday Night Live's highest rated episodes in a season -- the December 3, 2005 episode and SNL's 32nd season premiere in 2006.
On April 10, 2007, Cook broke The Laugh Factory's endurance record held by Richard Pryor in 1980 by performing at the Hollywood comedy club's stage for 3 hours and 50 minutes. Dave Chappelle would then hold the record twice in that year by performing for more than 6 hours. On January 2, 2008, Cook broke the record of Chappelle by performing at the stage for 7 hours and 34 minutes.
Cook's style of comedy is performed with casual attitude, typically with multipurpose phrases and long form storytelling. He has once attributed his persona onstage as a combination of his mom and his dad saying: "My mother is like a Looney Tunes cartoon. She's wiggly, she has the ability to tongue in cheek a lot...My dad is the polar opposite. He always had a little 'what the f - - - !' in his voice."
Dane Cook has his fair share of detractors with Ron White criticizing him for having an 'inflated ego and lack of real material'. The most controversial issues for him are the joke stealing claims from Joe Rogan and from Louise C.K. (Louis Szekely).
Cook have actually appeared in major acting roles in Hollywood, like in Employee of the Month (Jessica Simpson), Dan in Real Life (Steve Carell), Good Luck Chuck (Jessica Alba), My Best Friend's Girl (Kate Hudson) and in the 2007 thriller film Mr. Brooks (Kevin Costner). He auditioned for the lead role in Captain America: The First Avenger even if he was not on the director's short actors list.
The stand-up comedian's most notable TV appearances was in Hawaii Five-O at CBS ( episode Loa Aloha) where he played the brother of Danny Williams (Scott Caan) and at FX network's critically acclaimed comedy series Louis, where he had a fictional encounter with Louis C.K. discussing the joke stealing controversies.
Cook is scheduled to appear with Josh Hamilton and Julia Stiles in Neil LaBute's Broadway production Fat Pig in the spring of 2012.
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