Cook Could've Been in 'SNL' Cast
By Gayle Fee and Laura
Boston Herald 'Inside Track' - 11/22/05
Comedian Dane Cook feels "like
a shuttle pilot going to Mars."
Not only did People maggie include
the Arlington homey in its annual "Sexiest Man Alive"
issue last week, Dane's talking turkey on Jay Leno's Thanksgiving
show and he's down to host "Saturday Night Live" on
Dec. 3. In January, Cook has two movies to juggle, both leading
When you're hot, you're hot .
. . .
"I often feel like I get
to be two people the guy who performs and the guy who I
am when I am away from the stage," Cook told the Track.
"And then there's this third person the fan who sits
back, watches and enjoys it all."
And it's been a helluva ride,
especially after Dane's CD/DVD set "Retaliation" made
history last summer by becoming the highest-debuting comedy album
ever No. 4 on the Billboard 200.
The "SNL" offer came
just three days ago although Cook has been on creator Lorne Michael's
radar screen since 1996 when he was asked to audition for the
ensemble. But Dane didn't deign to do it.
"I didn't feel like I was
ready," Cook confessed. "I didn't have the chops to
offer anything to the show. And I didn't want to be a benchwarmer,
so I passed on the audition. Since then, there's been rumblings
about me becoming a cast member, but as the years went on, my
fan base grew and I got so busy, it basically fell apart."
In other words, Dane got too
Cook said when he walks into
the "SNL" offices on Monday, he'll be armed with ideas
for skits and characters to pitch to head writer Tina Fey and
her band of silly scribes.
"You know I'll do anything
for a laugh," he laughed.
Hey, Tina & Company got New
England Patriots matinee idol Tom Brady to strip down to his
"I've gotten naked on stage
. . .yup, ripped all my clothes off right there," the comic
scoffed. "I've done the craziest stuff."
As for the recent "Why We
Love Funny Guys" props in People, Dane said he wishes he
could turn the clock back and run through Arlington High waving
the maggie at all the girls.
"I've come a long way from
the introverted, nervous guy who used to walk those halls,"