Early last week, I received a phone call from my good friend Inga telling me of some wonderful and exciting news. The news was so monumental that even being the man of plan-less fate that I am, I made plans to be at her house with a few others to hold witness to something special. That something special was the first episode of Dane Cook's Tourgasm reality series on HBO; a show so enticing to us that Inga purchased the HBO package through her cable company in order to be able to see it (she is also a closet Entourage fan, but that's not the point.) So she made snacks and I made it on time and we all sat down to see what new laughs our favorite rock star comedian, Mr. Cook, had in store for us. And from there, my evening slowly slid downhill. Allow me to explain.
[ADBLOCKHERE]When you think of Dane Cook, you think about one of the best-selling comedians (on CD) in recent history. You think of blatantly ridiculous observations about today's youth. You think about those asinine physical gestures that he makes on stage, which are so funny that even now you are laughing just thinking about them. What you do not think about is a group of four comedians spewing unnecessary insults at each other over a conversation about porn. At least, this is not what I think of when I think "Dane Cook". Unfortunately for Dane, this is now the most recent image in my brain when I think of him.
Tourgasm begins on the premise that Dane Cook has selected three other comics to join his tour, all in various stages of their careers. They are all very talented and have the ability to play great openers as their 20-city tour was sold out. This tour was also known as the Dane Train. As I mentioned earlier, I was very excited about all of this, but then somewhere during the middle of episode #1, Tourgasm goes from Dane Cook's pipe dream to the Real World without all of the hot girls. The comics begin to bicker about various insignificant things. For example, they argue over the pros and cons of having a discussion about porn. On one side is the hotheaded, shoot-from-the-hip tough guy Robert Kelly and on the other is the very metrosexual non-sexual Jay Davis. Go ahead and guess who is arguing for and against talking about adult videos. The animosity continues throughout the whole show, causing this viewer to want to switch back over to HBO 2, where the "Late Night" programming is beginning on the East coast. But we stay, for Dane if nothing else.
And for our patronage, we are granted a mere two or three minutes of actual stand-up comedy, which is funny. But I must warn you, if you are a hardcore Dane Cook fan, you will recognize every single one of the jokes from either of his two albums. Thankfully they are still as funny the 52nd time as they are the first. This is a quality that, for the most part, makes this show bearable. The scenes away from the stage are filled with absolutely unnecessary drama and the scenes with the comics on stage are very short-lived. All of which do not add up to the raucous good time I was expecting. Nevertheless, just as I did not turn off episode one, I will be back for episode two.