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Comedy Bang! Bang!: “Dane Cook Wears a Black Blazer & Tailored Pants” Review

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It’s easy to be turned off by “Dane Cook Wears a Black Blazer & Tailored Pants” from the title alone. Despite being one of the more successful and famous stand-up comedians alive, Dane Cook isn’t exactly beloved by myself and most other comedy fans. That’s not meant as a snobbish dig saying what Cook does isn’t real comedy, or that his fans can’t also enjoy less shout-y, more absurdist comedy like this. However, I assume the Venn Diagram of Dane Cook fans and Comedy Bang! Bang! fans is in fact two isolated circles. So while I expected the episode around Cook to be fine, my hopes weren’t high for his time on the couch, which made this somewhat of a surprise.

However tempting it may be to say Cook’s interview was a success due to factors other than him, that wouldn’t be fair. Although I didn’t leave this episode a newly minted fan of Cook, I can’t deny that he was a good guest. He was merely a participant in Comedy Bang! Bang!, not the arena-pleasing center of attention, and he seemed to get that. Admittedly, Scott had most of the jokes, but their interplay wouldn’t have worked as well as it did if Cook weren’t engaged.

Jimmy Kimmel had on the team from Lost after that show ended, and Conan O’Brien did a similar group interview before Breaking Bad wrapped up. Following his interview with Dane Cook, Scott welcomed the cast and series mastermind of Millersville in lieu of their series finale. This was a fun premise and Comedy Bang! Bang! did an excellent job of emulating how these interviews usually go. Unfortunately, I didn’t find any of it that funny, aside from the end reveal that it was all a big goof played by the Garrison County Grifter Gang. I’m assuming this was intended to be chuckle-worthy instead of laugh-out-loud funny, and that’s fine, only this was an episode in need of some big laughs. Each individual piece of “Dane Cook Wears a Black Blazer & Tailored Pants” – including the silly opening and Reggie’s multilayered bit – was good, but Comedy Bang! Bang! is better than good. Hopefully next week’s episode will serve as a reminder of that.