by Amy Pjura
On Sunday, April 26, more than the normal hustle and bustle of people filled Mohegan Sun. Fans of Comedian Dane Cook flowed into the arena for the first stop performance of Dane Cook’s “Isolated Incident – Global Thermo Comedy Tour.”
Dane Cook brought along a couple of his comic friends, Al Del Bene and Robert Kelly, to share the spotlight with. First up was Al, who talked about things that normally wouldn’t be funny in day-to-day life, like religion and drugs. One point that he made while speaking of the Catholic Church and how services are at eight in the morning on Sundays, “God rested on Sunday, why shouldn’t we?!”
Next to provide silly jokes was Robert Kelly, who can also be heard on the Opie & Anthony Show on CBS Radio. He liked the “big beer bellies in the front row” and expressed that “skinny people bother [him],” as he himself has a big beer belly. He started his act joking about weight loss and food. He took his personal life and joked about it. He commented on marriage, getting older, and crying when Ty Pennington says, “Move that bus!” on Extreme Makeover.
Last, but certainly not least, was the main man of the hour, Dane Cook. He came onto the stage with energy, and pranced around like a child who ate too much sugar. As quoted from his website, www.danecook.com, he combines “energetic physical comedy, clever wordplay and [sharp] observation about human behavior,” all with a guy-next-door attitude. He immediately jumped into his act with “edgy” and more graphic material than previous shows. Dane made sure to make everyone laugh at Mohegan that night.
The crowd went wild for him, which in turn, made him go wild for them. He started his career at the age of 18 and performed at colleges and comedy clubs. He is devoted to his fans and tries to keep up with all of the fan mail regularly, even though some of it might be hate-mail. Dane understands that not everyone likes him or his jokes, but didn’t quite get it that everybody else knows that as well. And most importantly, that they did not inform him of such “hatred.” One day he wanted to find out what people were saying about him online, so he called his friend and said, “I’m going to Google my name.” His friend, sounding concerned, questioned him, “Are you sure you want to do that?”
Dane answered “yes” and his friend continued with, “Do you want me to stay on the phone?”
The love from his fans was clearly seen in the Arena that night. Along with Al and Robert, Dane joked about real-life situations that everyone can relate to, President Barack Obama, cancer, relationships, and late-night infomercials.
Dane said thanks to his fans and exited the stage. Everyone gave him a standing ovation. As people began to leave and the lights came on, Dane came running back out for an encore. Fans stopped dead in their tracks, turned around in unison and went back to their seats as if it was orchestrated. What’s better than a little extra time with Dane Cook? Nothing.