During a stand-up routine at the Laugh Factory, actor and comedian Dane Cook made a joke about last week’s tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado that left 12 people dead and dozens wounded. His mockery of the incident left the audience laughing.
A video obtained by the Daily Caller apparently shows Cook doing a stand-up act Thursday evening involving the shooting at a Colorado movie theatre during the midnight screening of the long-awaited motion picture “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Prior to iterating the joke, he said, “Here we go.”
“So I heard that the guy came into the theater about 25 minutes into the movie. And I don’t know if you’ve seen the movie, but the movie is pretty much a piece of crap. Yeah, spoiler alert,” said the 40-year-old comedian.
“I know that if none of that would have happened, pretty sure that somebody in that theater, about 25 minutes in, realizing it was a piece of crap, was probably like ‘ugh f---ing shoot me.’”
At first, there was a chorus of groans, but soon the audience laughed and applauded.
When the news broke, hundreds of people went to Twitter to vent their frustrations and disapproval of Cook’s joke. Many criticized the comedian’s joke, but a small amount of others defended him.
“Predicted excerpt from Dane Cook's obituary: Autopsy confirmed what many had suspected, no trace of drugs, alcohol, or comedic talent,” wrote @JimiMack7.
“Not even close to funny, yet idiots laughed,” stated @jpetersen.
“Now @danecook in trouble for joke he said in Comedy Club. If u are offended by ANYTHING AT ALL stay home n watch Touched By An Angel Reruns!” said @Mrjimflorentine.
This isn’t the first time that a celebrity has gotten into trouble for making a joke about the Colorado shootings. Playboy model Tricia Evans Tweeted a joke only hours after the shooting made the news.
“I hear the new Batman movie is really to die for. Too soon?'” Evans wrote. It also was met with a flurry of negative responses on Twitter.
This week, Warner Bros. donated money to a relief fund created for the victims. Christian Bale made an appearance in Aurora without the knowledge of the studio. Shooting suspect James Holmes is being detained in solitary confinement.