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In 1972, Dane Cook was born in Boston, MA. When his father gave him a toy microphone, he began to tell jokes and perform comedy. As a young man, he studied popular comedians and spent a few years living in New York City. After moving to Los Angeles, Cook performed at comedy clubs like The Laugh Factory and developed his stand-up act. In 1998, he attended an open mic night hosted by David Cross and appeared on Comedy Central's Premium Blend. Next, he made a cameo as "The Waffler" in the Ben Stiller film Mystery Men, and people hopped on the Dane Train to buy cheap Dane Cook tickets for his new shows.
Dane released his debut comedy album, Harmful if Swallowed, in 2003. His second project, Retaliation, sold more than one million copies and was as successful as Steve Martin's hilarious record, Wild and Crazy Guy. When he got the opportunity to host Saturday Night Live, the performer knew his dreams were coming true. In 2006, he released Vicious Circle and hit the road with friends Robert Kelly, Gary Gulman, and Jay David for Tourgasm. He also joined the Dave Attell Insomniac Tour with Greg Giraldo and Sean Rouse. As an actor, Cook has worked in films such as Dan in Real Life and My Best Friend's Girl.
Since he became famous, Dane's achievements include performing at Madison Square Garden, inventing a hand signal called the "SU-FI," or SUperFInger, and singing "I'll Never Be You" and "Forward." In addition, he once stayed on stage for seven hours to beat Richard Pryor and David Chappelle for the comedy endurance record, and people laugh at his Kool Aid jokes and monopoly routine.