UPDATE: Sunday's LA Times has a pretty vicious takedown of this cad.
You know who are the worst people in the world? These people who are intrinsically not funny, who couldn't be funny if they wanted to, and yet they would like nothing more than to be considered a great comedian.
They constantly crack jokes. Many of them develop this tic where they laugh a little bit after everything they say in hopes that someone will laugh with them. Occasionally they'll break out into characters, if not full-on song and dance.
Dane Cook is like the Jim Thorpe of this certain breed of asshole. 50 years from now we might have to explain this to our grandchildren and we may find ourselves at a loss for words to describe just how awful he truly is.
The fact that he's become the most popular comedian evar is in some ways worse than Hurricane Katrina. Ironically though, it seems as if his career might be hitting a sort of wall. None of his film projects have really taken off, and HBO did what it could to bury Dane Cook's Tourgasm.
And I can't imagine too many people will be impressed with Dane Cook's Vicious Circle, his hour and 45 minute-long "comedy" special that debuted last night on HBO.
The problem with Dane Cook, which becomes really evident during Vicious Circle, is that hardly any of his material is really funny to begin with. Most of it revolves around banal observational humor having to do with relationships, bodily functions and what have you.
And since the material is not funny, or even interesting, in and of itself, he'll try to put it over on you by making all sorts of facial expressions, mispronouncing words, dancing back and forth across the stage, and so on and so forth. Anything for a laugh.
His other main strategy seems to involve sheer force of energy and momentum. I suppose he figures that if he hits you with one joke after another after another, and without any time between them to realize none of them are funny, you'll have no choice but to laugh at some point.
I watched a good hour plus of Dane Cook's Vicious Circle last night and I found myself almost forcing myself to laugh just because, after all, I was paying for it. Eventually, I just turned the shit off.