Too soon? Comedian Dane Cook, taking the stage at the Laugh Factory in L.A., jokes about the shootings that occurred in Aurora, Colorado, during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” The comedian, after claiming that the movie is a “piece of crap,” then goes on to make the all-too-obvious and offensive joke that someone in the audience thought “oh, f----ing shoot me.”
The audience reacts with a mixture of laughter and uncomfortable objection to the comedian’s attempts. Comedians seem to have been making the rounds lately in terms of controversy, with Daniel Tosh’s infamous rape joke resulting in plenty of negative press for the young comedian, as well as Louis C. K.’s misconstrued tweets that got him in hot water, with many thinking he was a “rape apologist.”
Reactions around the Internet have been generally negative, with tons of Twitter comments declaring that Cook “isn’t funny.” In the past, comedians have made jokes not long after a tragedy. Possibly the most famous (and the origin of the phrase “too soon”) is Gilbert Gottfried’s 9/11 joke that was basically “I have to leave early tonight, I have to fly out to L.A. I couldn’t get a direct flight, I have to make a stop at the Empire State Building.” Gottfried was later fired from Aflac after making jokes about the Japanese tsunamis, which would result in his dismissal as company spokesperson.
Even though Tosh has apologized via Twitter for his rape comments, Cook has yet to respond.