Sorry, Not Funny: Dane Cook Apologizes for Colorado Shooting ‘Joke’

The comedian took to Twitter to apologize for an off-color 'Dark Knight' joke he told last week

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Dane Cook in Hollywood.

Have you heard the one about a comedian making a joke about a tragedy—say, a theater shooting that left 12 dead and more than 50 injured—less than a week after the event? Yeah, the initial joke wasn’t funny either. And now the comedian, Dane Cook, has apologized for his premature attempt at comedy.

Cook debuted his Aurora, Colo., material at the Los Angeles Laugh Factory on Thursday night, July 26, and by Friday morning the Internet was abuzz, discussing his choice of content.

(MORE: Comedian Dane Cook ‘Jokes’ About Aurora Shooting)

By Friday afternoon, 2:38 p.m. to be exact—less than 24 hours after he had spoken the words that left some people aghast—the comedian took to Twitter for an apology:

“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.”

The initial reaction to Cook’s set was mostly positive within the theater, although the backlash quickly erupted once the audio went public. In the bit, he first calls The Dark Knight Rises movie “pretty much a piece of crap” and then says that if the shooting hadn’t happened that “somebody in that theater, about 25 minutes in, realizing that it was a piece of crap, probably was like, ‘Ugh, f—ing shoot me.’”

Cook has more than 2.8 million Twitter followers, and his apology has been retweeted about 270 times—far fewer than the number of tweets and comments berating the comedian after his initial remarks.

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8 comments
Dondee1313
Dondee1313

Yeah Dane really funny...here's a couple for you. " The only thing that would made the Colorado shooting easier to take is if Dane Cook would have been one of the twelve".  Or how about "Twelve people died at the Dane Cook Movie 'Employee of the Month'...they are all listed as suicides."

almchrl
almchrl

Cook needs to apologize for his whole career.

If one puts Steve Martin as a 10 (1-10 scale) as a comic and comic actor.

Cook is in minus territory.

Rain
Rain

"Have you heard the one about a comedian making a joke

about a tragedy?"

 

In addition to this, I have. This comedian was repeatedly in

trouble with rude jokes by the Broadcasting Commission. And people like this

really senseless, so he couldn't feel the pain of others.

mablio
mablio

wait a minute...so the joke-stealing 'comedian'-turned-'even worse actor', whose graced us with such cinematic turds such as 'employee of the month' and 'good luck chuck' not only thinks that DKR sucks (which it SO doesn't), but also thought it would be a great idea to joke about such a horrible tragedy that's not even two weeks old?? yeah that's great, Dane....stick to your lame penis jokes

Derptard
Derptard

I am not offended by his joke, but the joke is just bad. It doesn't even make sense because the movie was good. I've seen better colorado shooting jokes on reddit. 

Derptard
Derptard

Also, I'm sick of people posting what comedians say on youtube. If you're in a comedy club. CHances are, jokes are on the way. If you want to get all butthurt about it, that's your prerogative, but posting it up on youtube so you can get some smidgen of vicarious internet fame is just sad.

Kyle T. Grenell
Kyle T. Grenell

well of course this was just idiotic... but I wouldn't say he's make a joke out of it. Jokes are funny.. comedians are funny.. neither of these apply to him. I often wonder how there hasn't been a unanimous worldwide agreement to shun him until he goes away.