Stream It Or Skip It: 'Dane Cook: Above It All' On Moment, A Pay-Per-View Special Filmed From His Front Porch – Decider

Stream It Or Skip It: 'Dane Cook: Above It All' On Moment, A Pay-Per-View Special Filmed From His Front Porch – Decider

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Dane Cook: Above It All’ On Moment, A Pay-Per-View Special Filmed From His Front Porch
Hulu’s ‘Rosaline’ Gives Romeo and Juliet a Happy Ending… Kinda
New Movies On Demand: ‘Clerks III,’ ‘Spirit Halloween: The Movie,’ + More
T.J. Miller Says He and Ryan Reynolds Had “Misunderstanding” Over ‘Deadpool’ Comments: “It’s Fine”
‘Shantaram’ Episode Guide: How Many Episodes in Charlie Hunnam’s Apple TV+ Show?
Is ‘Till’ Streaming on Netflix or HBO Max?
Is ‘Stars at Noon’ Streaming on HBO Max or Netflix?
Bill Murray Paid “Just North Of $100,000” To Buy The Silence Of A Young Female Staffer He Kissed And Straddled On The Set Of ‘Being Mortal’: Report
Jamie Lee Curtis Clearly Isn’t an MCU Fan, Asks Drew Barrymore: “Is There a Really Handsome Marvel Character?”
‘God Forbid: The Sex Scandal that Brought Down a Dynasty’: Trailer, Release Date, Where to Stream
‘Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me’: Release Date, Trailer and What We Know
Angela Lansbury Recording Mrs. Potts’ “Be Our Guest” From ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in Disney+’s ‘Howard’ Is Your Must Watch Clip of the Day
‘Nothing Compares’ Makes A Convincing Case For Sinead O’Connor’s Canonization
Stream It Or Skip It: ‘On the Come Up’ on Paramount+, Where A Young Rapper Discovers That Success Isn’t One Dimensional 
Prince’s Half-Sister Cruelly Denies Sinéad O’Connor Documentary Use of “Nothing Compares 2 U”: “Prince’s Version Is Best”
1972 Concert Doc ‘Elvis On Tour’ Sees The King Starting To Unravel
What Time Will ‘The Curse of Bridge Hollow’ Be On Netflix? How to Watch the Marlon Wayans Movie
‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ Let Angela Lansbury Literally Soar as a Sassy, Nazi-Fighting, Self-Made Witch
Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Monster High: The Movie’ on Paramount+, a Live-Action-Musical Spinoff of the Pun-Laden Toy/Media Franchise
Chris Pratt’s Terrible Mario Sounds Just Like Linda Belcher in ‘Bob’s Burgers’
‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ Episode 8 Recap: Where the Shadows Lie to You
‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ Season 1 Ending Explained: Who is Sauron? What is an Istar? What is Rhûn?
When Will ‘Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ Season 2 Premiere on Amazon Prime Video?
‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ Episode 7 Recap: Hell on (Middle-)Earth
‘A Friend of the Family’ Is Better Than ‘Dahmer’ in One Crucial Way: Involving The Victims
Mother of Jeffrey Dahmer Victim Criticizes Netflix for Depiction of Son’s Murder: “It Didn’t Happen Like That”
Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Conversations With A Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes’ On Netflix, Featuring Interviews Between The Serial Killer And His Defense Team
‘Monster’ Roars Onto Netflix as One of Streamer’s Most-Watched Series Ever
‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ Episode 8 Recap: Where the Shadows Lie to You
‘House of the Dragon’ Star Fabien Frankel Says He Had To “Sit Like a Zombie” and Have People “Feed” Him While in Armor
Emma D’Arcy Is “Embarrassed” by Viral Negroni Sbagliato Moment: “I’m Only Trying to Make Olivia Laugh”
George R.R. Martin Reveals How Long He Thinks ‘House of the Dragon’ Could Run: “Going to Take 4 Full Seasons”
‘She-Hulk’ Could Be Headed to the Movies, Despite Finale Joke Indicating Otherwise
Kevin Feige Decided Hulk’s Son Skaar Would Be in the ‘She-Hulk’ Finale
We Need To Talk About K.E.V.I.N.: ‘She-Hulk’ Finale Drags Marvel, Kevin Feige In Wildly Meta Scene
Will There Be a ‘She-Hulk’ Season 2 on Disney+? What Might Be Next after the Finale
‘Winter House’: Craig Conover And Austen Kroll Debate The Merits Of Craig’s “Money Solves Everything” Bribery Philosophy
‘Southern Charm’ Reunion: Is Craig Conover The Most Popular Person On Bravo? Craig Answers!
‘Southern Charm’ Star Leva Bonaparte Does Not Hold Back When It Comes To That Big Fight With Craig Conover: “Enough of This Kiddie F***ing S***”
‘Southern Charm’ Exclusive Clip: Wait, Does Craig Conover Believe That Squid Are An Alien Species?
Joy Behar Advises Trump Supporters to “Have Your Head Examined” on ‘The View’: “Consider That a Public Service Announcement”
Ana Navarro Snaps While Defending Mitch McConnell on ‘The View’ — and Pays the Price: “Can I Finish a Sentence?”
Joy Behar Snaps at ‘The View’ Producer During Dr. Oz Segment: “Brian Doesn’t Like that I Called Him a Loser”
Joy Behar Tears Into “Demonic” Alex Jones and His Followers on ‘The View’: “What Kind of a Person Is This?”
‘Andor’ Episode 6 Recap: The Raid
‘Andor’ Has a Heartbreaking ‘Rogue One’ Easter Egg You Probably Missed
What Time Does ‘Andor’ Episode 6 Come Out on Disney+?
‘Andor’ Episode 5 Recap: Star Wars for Grown-Ups
Has it really been eight years since Dane Cook released a stand-up comedy special? If you’re in Gen Z, do you need me to explain to you who Cook is? It has been a moment since the comedian was the hottest act, and now he’s hoping to create a new moment for himself on a new platform called Moment.
The Gist: So yeah, from 2005-2008, Cook was the biggest name in comedy, starring in three films in three years (Employee of the Month, Good Luck Chuck, My Best Friend’s Girl), co-starring in two other major movies, hosting Saturday Night Live twice, and becoming the first stand-up in a generation to headline arenas across America and hit the Top 10 on the Billboard album charts. But he has kept a lower profile in the past decade, and this marks his first comedy special since releasing Troublemaker in 2014 on Showtime.
For this shoot, he stuck with Marty Callner — who directed Cook’s arena-sized HBO Vicious Circle special and intimate Comedy Central hour, Isolated Incident — for an even more intimate affair filmed from his porch above it all overlooking Los Angeles. But Cook decided to take his special to a relatively brand-new VOD platform, Moment. Launched in 2019 and previously known as Moment House, the site works like a PPV. It’s where Andrew Schulz took his 2022 special after claiming the big streamers wanted to censor him. And it’s where other comedians such as Matt Braunger (MADtv) and Jade Catta-Pretta (Hotties) have their newest specials premiering also this month.
Above It All debuted Oct. 5, with tickets costing $15 ($19 and change, with fees) to watch it, with replays available for two weeks following the premiere.

What Comedy Specials Will It Remind You Of?: Kevin Hart released a pandemic special for Netflix staged to look as though it were filmed in his home, but this really is Cook’s home in the Hollywood Hills. Which gives his special a vibe similar to Nate Bargatze’s 2021 special filmed outdoors for Netflix nearby in Universal City, as both Cook and Bargatze found themselves interrupted by airplanes and helicopters flying overhead.
Memorable Jokes: To anyone doubting the setting of this special as his actual home, Cook tells the folks assembled in his yard: “Good Luck Chuck did very well.”
Much of the hour is devoted to two stories. In the first half-hour, Cook reveals a harrowing encounter with a female stalker, escalating from round-the-clock DMs over Instagram to an extended stakeout outside his home. At one point, Cook asks a friend in the police force for advice, only to learn how he could kill the mentally-ill fan and get away with it. He mutters an epithet about the LAPD, adding: “They are good at being bad!” When the woman finally leaves Cook alone, he’s left to wonder if it’s a shot to his ego: “What, is she at Kevin Hart’s house now?”
The final 15 minutes find Cook dishing about the one and allegedly only time he thought about quitting comedy, very early in his career, thanks to his first gig outside of New England, hitting the road to Florida to perform atop a hot-dog stand.
Our Take: Cook has come a long way from dodging wieners thrown by hecklers.
His title for this special can refer literally to his pricey perch overlooking Los Angeles, as well as figuratively and metaphorically finding himself above all the hustle, fame, hype and backlash he has endured over the past two decades.
Fans of the 2000s-era Cook will find glimpses of him still enthusiastically ripping into the idea of having to attend a friend’s wedding, or pausing on the Citizen app to mull over the use of the term “brandishing” and muse even more about the thought-process for smash-and-grab robbers.
But Cook is 50 now. And watching him perform on a platform such as Moment means watching the interactive chat box next to the screen, where you can see some of his fans question his evolution as a comedian, as well as his engagement to a much younger woman who was in her teens when he first started hanging out with her. As a critic, I often try to remember how casual comedy fans might feel about all of this; on Moment, you’re reminded how super-fans of the SuFi guy feel. They can quibble publicly online even just seeing him do a bit they’d seen live three years earlier.
As for his relationship, Cook does weigh in directly, but only for a moment, as it were. He jokes about both the public’s reaction (“I bet the internet’s happy for me. I should check”) and makes himself the butt of at least one joke about finding his love when he did: “Where have you been all my life? And then I remembered she wasn’t alive for 26 years of it.” Alas, there’s no closure to this bit, unlike the stories that bookend the hour. And when he discloses his love of true-crime TV, he prompted a double-take out of me when he outlined how he would defend himself in court. Does he think he’ll need to someday? If so, he explains how he’d win over a jury: “It’s all about charisma…that’s all you have to do to win the case.”
If he hopes to win over audiences, he may have convinced just enough of them to remain fans. But I’d wager the court of public opinion here would result in a hung jury.
Our Call: SKIP IT. I’d wait for Moment to start offering subscription deals, because $19 for one comedy special, no matter whose it, is not worth as much as paying $5-$15 for access to dozens, if not hundreds, of equally amusing hours of stand-up comedy.
Sean L. McCarthy works the comedy beat for his own digital newspaper, The Comic’s Comic; before that, for actual newspapers. Based in NYC but will travel anywhere for the scoop: Ice cream or news. He also tweets @thecomicscomic and podcasts half-hour episodes with comedians revealing origin stories: The Comic’s Comic Presents Last Things First.
This story has been shared 54,954 times.
This story has been shared 14,337 times.
This story has been shared 6,139 times.
This story has been shared 3,449 times.
This story has been shared 2,519 times.
This story has been shared 1,739 times.
This story has been shared 1,703 times.
This story has been shared 1,644 times.
This story has been shared 1,609 times.
This story has been shared 1,514 times.
This story has been shared 1,373 times.
This story has been shared 1,363 times.
This story has been shared 1,313 times.
This story has been shared 1,158 times.
This story has been shared 1,094 times.

source

CATEGORIES
Share This

COMMENTS

Wordpress (0)
Disqus ( )