Dane Cook finds a home at HBO! Rejoice! Ahoy, squirts! Quint here sneaking into Coax while Herc's not looking. My buddy Kraken is obsessed with Dane Cook and has introduced me to a couple of his albums. The man is really damned funny and it looks like HBO agrees. HBO is setting Cook up to star in documentary TOURGASM, top-line in his own feature length stand-up special and develop his own scripted series. Whew... Looks like we're going to get more Cook than we deserve in the near future. Good news, eh?Here’s Quint’s perhaps less enthusiastic appraisal of Cook and “Tourgasm” after he saw a bit of the series:
I liked the first Dane Cook album I was exposed to. He was just looney enough to make me laugh. Then I watched an episode of Tourgasm where he spent the whole episode telling us how he's the best ever and literally read his fanmail for 10 minutes.The most odious thing about the series may be the inclusion of Jay Davis as one of the four tourgasm comics. Davis is such an sniveling, incompetent snore of an apprentice “comedian” (I challenge anyone to endure the evolution of his shit-bowl of a routine about “killing people with kindness”) he could have been hired to make Cook’s blatherings appear comparatively polished. Another of the four comics, “Last Comic Standing” finalist Gary Gulman, demonstrates real talent but doesn’t come close to offsetting all the mediocrity at hand. Other appraisals of “Tourgasm”: Variety said:
Those who have yet to be absorbed into the cult of Dane Cook fans will likely be left mystified as to his appeal upon viewing this tedious comics-on-tour reality show -- a half-hour vanity project that proves HBO can not only be TV, but bad TV at that. A popular comic, Cook and a trio of his chums crisscross the country by bus, bonding and showcasing snippets of their stand-up acts. Any further resemblance between this and a series is purely coincidental. HBO has made a substantial investment in Cook, signing him to a multifaceted deal that includes not just "Tourgasm" but also a concert film and plans for a scripted series. Those subsequent projects might showcase him in a more flattering light, but talk about putting a worst foot forward....The Hollywood Reporter said:
... Dane Cook is the comedy world's flavor of the month, and anyone older than 25 who watches him perform in "Dane Cook's Tourgasm" is bound to scratch his or her head in befuddlement as to why this is so. He seems to be a cool enough guy, he's quick, he's good looking, and you'd want to hang with him tipping a few brewskies. But he isn't funny. ... This might be seen a problem if you're a stand-up comic, given that it's about making people laugh and all. Except that in Cook's case, it doesn't much matter. He has tapped into the youth market and captured the college-age (and younger) crowd by peddling himself as comedy's version of a rock idol, self-packaged on the Internet via MySpace and other Web sites as the very essence of hard-core hip. He is a savvy businessman first and a comedian second, and in the age of quick-cut entertainment and style over substance, you don't need actual charisma so much as the popular perception of it. ...The Washington Post said:
... the show's format - inviting us along on a bus tour of college campuses by Cook and three other young comedians - is off-putting from the outset, largely because comedians are among the most self-absorbed and self-fascinated creatures on the planet monkeys in front of mirrors who seem never to tire of making allegedly funny faces. ... If the prospect of accompanying comedians on a comedy bus does have a certain allure, don't get too excited. At any moment the group might hop on a private jet and fly from, say, Bozeman, Mont., to New Orleans (pre-Katrina, or so it appears). We are also given access to the questionable treat of watching comics hone raw remarks into jokes; one of them tries to find humor in such observations as: "You know what I hate about grapefruit? It ruins a fruit salad." ... Hmm. Seems like a little more honing might be in order ...Entertainment Weekly gives it a "C" and said:
... This series is for those of you who wondered what it would be like to put four frat boy-esque comedians on a bus for a 30-day comedy tour across America. The answer? Toilet humor, homophobic jokes, and a serious fight about (what else?) porn. ...The Los Angeles Times said:
... certain to excite the young fans who sent his "Retaliation" CD soaring up the charts and leave everyone else behind. If you're among the stranded, it isn't you - or wait, sorry, I'm afraid it is: Cook is as bulletproof among fans as he is unspectacular to anyone who's watched much comedy in the previous two decades. You should double-check this, but I think HBO once broke emerging comics as artists, not as audience-pleasers who were destined to please the next audience. ...The Chicago Tribune said:
... It's a rip-off of an earlier (and better) road trip series, Comedy Central's "The Comedians of Comedy," but worthwhile nonetheless. With 20 shows in 30 days and a camera crew in tow, it's no surprise that the boys get testy, but who knew there could be so much drama among grown men? Most comes from the sensitive newbie, Jay Davis, who, when he's not on stage, is either whining about feeling left out, crying or praying. And this guy makes a living tearing other people apart? ...The Boston Globe said:
... Whenever there is a clash, Cook jumps in as a peacekeeper, in case we didn't already know he's a nice guy. ``We've got to be the glue for each other," he tells the viewers. But in trying to make the bus melodramas seem important, Cook stretches too far. This is a cross-country tour, something most performers have experienced, and there's nothing particularly special about it. Cook pretends that the bus dynamics are TV gold, but you can feel him straining to be convincing. ...
Dec. 26, 2006, 12:52 a.m. CST
I'm a huge Peaks fan, know almost all the lines, and yet your quote of "Take a look, sonny, it's gonna happen again" completely escapes my mind. The only thing that I can think of is when the Giant says to Cooper, "It is happening again." Please enlighten me on that quote.
Dec. 26, 2006, 12:50 a.m. CST
by Mr. Nice Gaius
Thanks for the heads-up on "Twin Peaks", Herc!!! It's about time. Any word on the original series pilot?
Dec. 26, 2006, 12:55 a.m. CST
Cooper's entire monologue about being shot is just perfect, as well as his frustration with Droolcup. Leland's metamorphosis into having white hair, and constantly singing (particularly his reunion with Ben and Jerry), Donna acting bad ass ("When did you start smoking?" "I do it when I get nervous." "When did you get so nervous?" "When I started to smoke."). Say what you will about the 2nd season, but it had many more awesome moments than bad, and the finale is so fucking wonderful.
Dec. 26, 2006, 1:21 a.m. CST
by Evil Lincoln
WTF?! When did this abomination air? Not that I'm a huge fan of the original series (would have loved to have seen Battle Cat eat Orko however) but when did that series "grace" the air waves?
Dec. 26, 2006, 4:24 a.m. CST
i watched 'fire walk with me' the other night and, boy, as much as i love the whole lynchian subversion of narrative expectations, that film was something else. it made 'mulholland drive' seem like a spoonfed perry mason mystery. david bowie as an FBI agent was a cool concept but, like so much else in the movie, one that was barely explored. a mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in some blue tv fuzz.
Dec. 26, 2006, 6:12 a.m. CST
What is the point of buying Season Two when Season One isn't available?
Dec. 26, 2006, 6:59 a.m. CST
Man thats been out dude, for like years, and you can get the pilot overseas.
Dec. 26, 2006, 7:16 a.m. CST
Or should we just be thankful that season 2 came out for now?
Dec. 26, 2006, 7:27 a.m. CST
Supposedly Season 1 is being re-issued. With the pilot included. Paramount owns the whole series now, including the pilot, which is now owned by Spelling, which is owned by Paramount. The Region 2 box of Season 1 includes the pilot as well.
Dec. 26, 2006, 9:05 a.m. CST
by Toe Jam
am i to assume the show won't be returning to adult swim? if so, that fucking sucks.
Dec. 26, 2006, 9:06 a.m. CST
by Toe Jam
just as it should be for, arguably, the best season of that show so far.
Dec. 26, 2006, 10:25 a.m. CST
of how Execs ruin everything! Good god it took them long enough to release season two, I've had season one for years along with the pilot episode which i had to buy seperatly, and fire walk with me.
Dec. 26, 2006, 10:45 a.m. CST
I'm not buying anything until we get a *proper* Season 1 release (ie, includes Pilot).
Dec. 26, 2006, 10:44 a.m. CST
ok herc... got any info on space 1999? i see all these old shows... whole seasons for 20-40 bucks... and the show i want is $40 for six episodes a pop! where's the love?
Dec. 26, 2006, 11:19 a.m. CST
by Cherry Chuck
but this is downright cool: http://tinyurl.com/wraah
Dec. 26, 2006, 11:28 a.m. CST
Wow. You're a HUGE Dane Cook fan. Almost seems like you dig him more than Twin Peaks. You didn't cut & paste any Twin Peaks clippings. Are you his Agent?
Dec. 26, 2006, 11:49 a.m. CST
Lynch has said so himself. The film was originally 4 and a half hours, and if anything in the film felt truncated, it's because so much is cut out. The script for the complete film has been online for ages, but Lynch has said a new edition is being issued, with the deleted scenes present (although, most likely not all of them). The issue of why it has taken so long has had something to do with the scenes belonging to another company, or something silly like that, but it's coming, and it'll probably be the last Twin Peaks thing released officially.
Dec. 26, 2006, 12:20 p.m. CST
Only at Best Buy until the 30th, includes the new season 5 set. I'm picking up all 5 seasons tonight!
Dec. 26, 2006, 1:22 p.m. CST
...........is NOT A WORD. Man, that's been bugging me for awhile now.
Dec. 26, 2006, 1:24 p.m. CST
When on God's green Earth are we gonna see some seasonal sets of "The Real Ghostbusters", "X-Men", and "Spider-Man"???? You can have the entire season of the terrible "ALF" animated series, but no GB, X, or Spidey. What. The. Hell.
Dec. 26, 2006, 2:48 p.m. CST
In addition to Herc's aforementioned late night references, there was also a hilarious Sesame Street segment of 'Monsterpiece Theater' called Twin Beaks, with Agent Cookie, the Log Bird with her actually talking Log, and a bird named David Finch.
Dec. 26, 2006, 3:48 p.m. CST
Tell me about it!!!
Dec. 26, 2006, 3:51 p.m. CST
Sorry. Glanced at your name, but felt your message!
Dec. 26, 2006, 4:02 p.m. CST
All this week!
Dec. 26, 2006, 5:34 p.m. CST
it was somewhat disturbing actually, at least, when seeing it as a child.
Dec. 27, 2006, 12:58 a.m. CST
What kind of alternate reality do we live in where these shows are considered good? WTF! I never understood why buffy was considered a good show. Yes I've seen it. don't get it. it's lame o city!
Dec. 27, 2006, 8:20 a.m. CST
by Uncle Stan
There was an outrageously funny parody of Twin Peaks on Disney's Darkwing Duck! It even began with one of the regular villains being found dead and wrapped in plastic in the remote town of Twin Beaks. Strange dreams, logs, and a paraphrasing of "The owls are not what they seem" are included.
Dec. 27, 2006, 11:33 a.m. CST
by Col. Tigh-Fighter
Dec. 27, 2006, 1:28 p.m. CST
All seasons of 24 are 19.99 this week only at Best Buy!!! 107.21 gets you the entire series. And no life for the next two weeks. I have already turned off my phone.
Dec. 27, 2006, 3:06 p.m. CST
From a Diane Keaton directed episode that was just as bizarre as any Lynch did, to David Duchovney as the cross dressing FBI agent, to Major Briggs creepy disappearance in the woods with Cooper after the Laura Palmer case was solved, the giant chess pieces, the mind bending fate of Josie and the insane finale are all worth it.
Dec. 27, 2006, 5:38 p.m. CST
by Kevin Kittridge
1) Dane Cook is a twat. 2) Twin Peaks was excellent. But I can't stress enough how much Dane Cook is a twat.
Dec. 27, 2006, 8:56 p.m. CST
I can't agree with you. See I like twats. I like having sex with them. I like going down on them. Hell, I even like rubbing them. No, Dane Cook is not a twat, no sir. Don't insult twats. We all came from twats. Plus, on occasion, twats are funny. Dane Cook=definitely not a twat.
Dec. 27, 2006, 11:44 p.m. CST
The only episode of TWIN PEAKS Season 2 that doesn't rock is the funeral episode right after Laura Palmer's murder is resolved. I firmly believe that episode killed the series, but Windom Earle was a great nemesis for Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Dale Cooper and the finale was amazing, albeit incredibly frustrating with the unresolved cliffhanger. Somebody get Dark Horse Comics to call up Mark Frost and get him to write a TWIN PEAKS Season 3 comic the way they got Joss Whedon to write BUFFY Season 8. We need to find out what happens with BOB/Cooper!
Dec. 28, 2006, 1:08 a.m. CST
in Pittsburgh." Man, I just loved Twin Peaks to pieces. Ray Wise did such a fucking wonderful job.
Dec. 28, 2006, 11:05 a.m. CST
Been a Buffy fan a long time. Even bought Firefly, but Angel was always off the radar because of the fucked-up schedule Dutch tv has concerning that show. A few weeks ago I bought all five seasons on DVD. Overpriced, yes, but damn it's worth it. Brilliant tv. I wonder when Whedon tries his hands at tv again...
Dec. 28, 2006, 11:29 a.m. CST
Another mystery that needs to be solved is why certain members of the Twin Peaks community started having their hands shake violently.
Dec. 28, 2006, 11:46 a.m. CST
the remainder of Season 2 at last! we in the UK (well, i was there at the time) got it all at once - there was no proper internet then, so there was no spoilers, no illegal downloads. Windom Earle is the man!! "See the mountains kiss high heaven....."
Dec. 28, 2006, 12:46 p.m. CST
Extras: The Complete First Season (2005) available Jan 9. That's the biggest release of the month.
Dec. 28, 2006, 7:25 p.m. CST
by Dr Hemlock
What are they leaving out that you get in the .... "non-slim" set?
Dec. 31, 2006, 2:01 p.m. CST
Did you READ the Dane Cook clippings? They're quite negative (and, therefore, 100% accurate)
Dec. 31, 2006, 11:48 p.m. CST
DVD is dog shit. I won't watch it anymore. Unless I have to.
Jan. 1, 2007, 4:59 p.m. CST
by Dr Lizardo
That still creeps me out just thinking about it. And Heather Graham has never been hotter than playing an ex-nun in Twin Peaks season 2. Oh my.