Dane Cook, one of America’s favorite stand-up comedians, is now set to star in a new pilot for NBC, Next Caller Please. Can Cook Shift From Stand-Up to TV Series?
Last September, Cook signed a contract with NBC for what we could only imagine would be a comedy series chock full of side effects- shortness of breathe, sore abdominals, and nation-wide inside jokes (Cook-enthusiasts, raise your SuperFingers!).
From the desks of Universal Television and Lionsgate TV, Next Caller Please is a single-camera comedy written by Weeds producer, Stephen Falk. It revolves around Cam Doherty (Dane Cook), a borderline-alcoholic radio DJ whose arrogant masculinity strictly contrasts with his feminine co-host, Stella Stoobler (Collete Wolfe, Cougar Town). Also on board the show is Joy Osmanski, who plays Stella’s producer, Winnie.
Dane Cook broke onto the scene with Comedy Central’s stand-up series, Premium Blend and Comedy Central Presents, later falling into movie roles such as My Best Friend’s Girl and guest starring in the FX comedy, Louie.
Cook certainly seems confident in his array of roles, whether he is set on the big screen or on stage at a SoHo comedy club. Let’s see if his humor can sustain him through his own television series, too. As long as there no characters named Karen he should be in the clear!