Dane Cook
Credit: Dane Cook: Barry King/

Until yesterday, when Dane Cook’s Retaliation debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard album chart, no comedy album had cracked the top five since Steve Martin’s landmark A Wild and Crazy Guy 26 years ago. How did he accomplish this milestone when you’ve never heard of him? Clearly, the short-fused comic has an ardent cult, but if you’re not one of those who’d recognize him from his unlikely walk-ons in action movies like Torque and Simon Sez (and would admit having watched either of those movies), you can introduce yourself at Cook’s website, which is full of audioclips of Cook routines. You can see the cartoon version of Cook at Comedy Central’s site, which has clips of his animated appearances on Shorties Watchin’ Shorties. If you’re a BitTorrent user, you can also download his soon-to-be-classic recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel, where he reinterpreted Tom Cruise’s couch-jumping incident as performance art, at

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