UPDATE: Dane Cook has released the following statement in response to the backlash he's getting from his insensitive stand-up set Thursday night: "I am devastated by the recent tragedy in Colorado & did not mean to make light of what happened. I made a bad judgment call with my material last night & regret making a joke at such a sensitive time. My heart goes out to all of the families & friends of the victims."
Dane Cook works a joke about "The Dark Knight Rises" massacre into his act, forcing a couple of questions, one: “is this too soon?” And two: “regardless, is that even funny?”
Daily Caller has posted a video that someone took, without permission, on their camera phone of Cook performing last night at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles.
Though calling it a “video” is a stretch, it’s more aptly described as “camera phone.” The imagery on screen is of the corner of the stage mostly obscured by the dark silhouettes of other people’s heads.
Cook isn’t visible at all, but the audio is sound evidence.
“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. Yea, spoiler alert.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*cking shoot me.”
Some groaned, some laughed, others applauded his efforts.
This is a touchy subject people… but let’s try to talk about this, delicately.
People need to laugh, especially in times of tragedy. It makes you feel better. It just does. Though what people consider to be worthy of a chuckle swings wildly on a pendulum of propriety.
So while some may say “too soon” others will maintain “right on time.”
Comedians get paid to make some people laugh, though rarely will jokes fly in all demographics. Know you’re audience.
So timing and venue aside, what we’re really talking about here is humor and it’s trusty companion, laughter.
If a professional funnyman is going put their butt (and career) on the line in order to delve into such a super sensitive fresh wound, it better be funny.
Like really funny.
What do you think, too soon? Tweet us @Hollyscoop and tell us what you think.