In His Kitchen
Dane Cook delivers special that brings his range of subjects together
“Dane Cook: ISolated INcident,” the popular but much-maligned comedian’s new
special of all new material that debuted on Comedy Central on May 17 and
is out on CD on May 19, gives him a chance to get back at the “haters.”
In “Haters,” a track from the special, Cook gets back at one fan,
playing out one of his typical shaggy dog stories with a great payoff
where Cook doesn’t have to be the nice guy in the end. Cook even plays
with race in “Obama” – and pulls it off – on the notion that having a
black president makes it a little less objectionable to be racist now.
As ever, Cook weaves what might seem to be innocuous subject matter with
expert timing and effortless command of the audience (or listeners).
Andy Kindler and others might disparage Cook, but even after he became a
platinum-selling artist, he still toured with Dave Attell and Greg
Giraldo in a comedians’ comedians type of tour.
Like on his biggest hit album, “Retaliation,” Cook’s delivery of his
material has an unforced stream of consciousness feel to it, flowing
from one subject, topic or story to another without any noticeable
transitions or punctuation separating the bits.
In the same manner, Cook can be casually profane, not overtly calling
your attention to a raunchy story or dirty words but sailing blithely
through them, as on “Interracial Tail,” a piece where Cook again
straddles the line on race, definitely being offensive but being so
friendly in demeanor, that his tone gets him laughs regardless.
Compared to his previous album, “Rough Around the Edges: Live from Madison Square Garden,” which seemed
to be more of a tour souvenir than a cohesive effort like “Retaliation,”
“ISolated INcident,” for all its shambling qualities, carries through
that indefinable quality of Cook’s that makes a collection of seemingly
random thoughts hang together and work as a whole -- one that slowly but
surely sparks reactions.