I used to think the guy I am onstage was the version of myself I always dreamed of being, as opposed to the offstage kid feeling fear & insecurity.
I finally realized years later I was that guy onstage. The offstage version of myself was one dimensional, limiting myself instead of like when I perform becoming a conduit for all things possible through performance.
This picture is of a guy that needed the fear to propel him to the success only to realize the fear was simply a tool to motivate & thrive.
I sent this to someone today but it’s for all of you.
Today can be your “Day One” of the great change to who you wanna be. This is where it all begins.
The stuff before was a test simulator. A dress rehearsal.
Don’t fuck this one up. Give yourself every chance to change your life, your environment, your future.
It might just be the best life of your entire life.
This short clip is for anyone that has a dream of creating something themselves. TROUBLEMAKER was the first special I did where I directed it, edited it and payed for it myself. I met with all the outlets after and picked Showtime bc they offered me a great deal to lease the special before Comedy Central leased it from my company.
Now with my new tour and specials I’m already meeting with all the current buyers of content as well as future buyers. More importantly I am working with app makers to create a dynamic new platform. A special way of sharing content in a more rapid and lucrative manner. A way to control ones creations and still being able to partner up with other outlets. Think of it as podcasting 2.0 and where I believe things are going! My #TellItLikeItIsTour’s success is garnering new opportunities and I am so pleased to be on this new journey with the next wave of business minded performers.
Thx for all the bday love to everyone onboard the #DaneTrain or bystanders that don’t board metaphoric trains but just like watching me perform.
The goodwill & support this year has been unparalleled. Touring this year, 29 years into stand up, has been so bad ass. It’s like 1995 & 2005 all rolled into one.
Big things coming with this new tour. I can’t wait to show you what else is up.
Hello.. I’m @DaneCook and I have a March 18th bday announcement.
I ’m running for President of the United States.
Please join me by spreading the word and coming to my rallies (aka comedy shows). See you on the campaign trail!!
DaneCook.com for my politics.
For #tbt I have decided to share this again.
3 years ago this kid walked into a gym in LA and opened up a flat can of whipass on this defenseless heavy bag.
I threw me singing my fav song from the Karate Kid that I re-recorded with @steelpanther because we are brosssss.
Enjoy this mess.
Caption this pic (what’s the name of our band) for @bradwilliamscomic & @therealjeffreyross & myself.
Jeff had.. Crosby Stills and Half
I said.. The Two and a Half Men Trio.
Brad didn’t caption he just wrote me back the date of the photo... he said “4th of July”... yeah no shit Brad,
I couldn’t tell by the everything happening in this picture.
This is a picture from last night.
I have many memories of performing in Boston throughout my life as a kid & a man.
1990 - Catch A Rising Star in Cambridge where I did my very first live stand up comedy show.
1992 - At Nicks Comedy Stop on my first big show with legends Steve Sweeney & Don Gavin with Kevin Knox hosting and Steven Wright also performing. Biggest crowd I had ever played that night - packed room 430 people. Running over to do a comedy show on a boat/restaurant in Boston Harbor with @joerogan & so many others hustling.
1994 - Headlining the old Comedy Connection in Faneuil Hall Marketplace with Patrice O’Neal opening shows & my mom watching me do my first sold out shows and yelling, “YOU DID IT BABY!!” from the back of the room.
1995 - Being a part of the first of many Comics Come Home with @denisleary for our friend Cam Neely’s Foundation for Cancer Care.
2006 - Headlining 2 SOLD OUT shows at Boston Garden. Recording my first HBO special. Standing onstage in front of what felt like every single person I had ever earned the comedy trust of over my grinding years in Beantown.
2013 - Devastated by the Boston Marathon bombings performing a show at Boston Garden to raise money & spirits. Sharing the stage with Aerosmith, laughing when we all needed that & visiting local hospitals to raise up the spirits with stories & humor.
2014 - A sold out Orpheum show where I raised $86,000 in 2 hours for Boston Children’s Hospital. A place that helped me as a young child.
2019 - The beautiful legendary Wang Theatre right across from Nicks where I would sneak over after my shows to watch superstars perform under a ceiling that looked like the chapel. Last night I made a dream become something I once dreamt of but not anymore. This standing ovation went on and on. I said to the audience “thank you Boston for being here and giving me a career.”
I woke up today feeling like I did the day after I did Catch A Rising Star. I felt like I could take this all the way. I still do. I still am. And with Boston always there to pat me on the back when times are tough for me or them.. I always will.
Thx @_courtneycook for capturing this moment!