non-threatening humor

Salon: – “So what explains Cook’s popularity? His comedy is most notable for what it lacks: a critique of the political climate (Dennis Miller, George Carlin, Jon Stewart, Bill Maher), a commentary on our culture (Chris Rock, David Chappelle), a slightly tweaked perspective (Ray Romano, Steven Wright, Jerry Seinfeld), outrageously dirty material (Eddie Murphy, Andrew Dice Clay), or just a goofy, oddball routine (Howie Mandel). Although his delivery can be chafingly smug, Cook doesn’t present himself as anything special. He likes video games and chicks and sports and other general-purpose guy stuff. He’s not particularly baffled by the world, or all that perceptive, or all that self-aware. He’s a little self-deprecating, a little bit cutesy and a little bit aggressive, but most important, he treats mundane experiences like they’re huge revelations: Breakup sex is the best, right? Right! Sometimes you have to lie to get out of stuff you don’t want to do. I know you’ve done it, too, bro! Even Cook’s delivery isn’t noteworthy or unique; he sprinkles “bro” and “dude” into every story, he’s terrible at impressions and when he’s imitating a woman, he inexplicably speaks in a high voice with a lisp, as if he’s doing a homophobic imitation of a gay man. But Cook’s is the sort of non-threatening humor that appeals to people who, when watching Jon Stewart or Jerry Seinfeld, don’t feel like they’re in on the joke. With Cook, you’re always in on the joke. Even if you’ve never been in a bad relationship or had breakup sex, you can just flash that “SuFi” and you’re part of the club…” (Overcooked)

Dane Jeffrey Cook (born March 18, 1972) is an American stand-up comedian and film actor. He has released five comedy albums: Harmful If Swallowed; Retaliation; Vicious Circle; Rough Around The Edges: Live From Madison Square Garden; and Isolated Incident. Retaliation became the highest charting comedy album in 28 years[when?] and went platinum. 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 is credited as one of the first comedians to use a personal webpage and MySpace to build a large fan base and in 2006 was described as “alarmingly popular”. 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 (in a non-comedic role), and My Best Friend’s Girl (Wikipedia).

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