Friday November 04, 2016

Dane Cook conquered his nerves by doing stand-up comedy

Dane Cook on conquering nerves in Studio q 23:01

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Dane Cook decided he wanted to be a comedian at the age 15, but it was a strange career choice considering his introversion. 

Fans probably know Cook now as a loud and unabashed comic but growing up, he'd have panic attacks on his way to school just thinking of the idea of having to stand in front of people. "When I was in character, I felt confident and I felt brave," Cook says of his ability to fight off nerves through comedy.

Doing open mics in Boston clubs confirmed his ambitions: "Almost immediately I was like, I'm more comfortable here than I am in my day-to-day." 

"I started to take the things I learned, the tools from onstage, and implement them into my life," he continues. "Just using humour to get me in and out of situations that previously I didn't have faith in myself doing."

WEB EXTRA | Watch some of Dane Cook's Just For Laughs stand-up below. 

Dane Cook and Tom Power

Comedian Dane Cook is currently on the Just For Laughs Comedy Tour and made a stop at the q studios in Toronto, Ont. (Melody Lau/CBC)

Dane Cook's upcoming Just For Laughs Comedy Tour dates are: 

Nov. 5 Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre for Performing Arts 
Nov. 6 Ottawa, ON @ TD Place
Nov. 9 Winnipeg, MB @ Centennial Concert Hall
Nov. 10 Edmonton, AB @ Winspear Centre
Nov. 12 Regina, SK @ Conexus Arts Centre
Nov. 13 Calgary, AB @ Jack Singer Concert Hall at Arts Commons
Nov. 14 Calgary, AB @ Jack Singer Concert Hall at Arts Commons
Nov. 16 Kelowna, BC @ Prospera Place
Nov. 17 Victoria, BC @ Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Nov. 18 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
Nov. 19 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre