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Retaliation

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Dane Cook 7/26/2005

Review

Dane Cook's Retaliation is a fantastic combination of this hyper, cutting comedian's talents and the Comedy Central record label's fantastic attitude toward packaging. Here, fans get "100 minutes of new material" on the audio portion (new to CD anyway, as some of these routines are already Cook classics for bootleg-trading fans) and just about every appearance the "Dane Train" has made on the Comedy Central network. The network's handling of the late Mitch Hedberg was a little better since the CD/DVD combo barely overlapped at all, but ingesting Cook's ramblings on his car crash fetish twice is no big deal since listening to him and watching him are entirely different experiences. He treats the stage like the Mick Jagger of comedy, strolling back and forth, flailing arms, and shaking his hips. His intense energy overshadows some of his most stinging verbal darts, making the two CDs included just as vital as the DVD. He's shocking, sometimes gross, sometimes cocky to a fault, but he's incredibly brilliant and takes observational humor in a vicious, cathartic direction that few comedians have attempted. The jokes seem like they're erupting out of him like the chest-buster in Alien and with so many stinging lines flying past the listener, Retaliation not only stands up to repeat listening, it demands it. Sometimes he repeats especially witty lines twice in a self-congratulatory way that undermines the punch, but this slight annoyance is miniscule when you realize 100 riveting minutes of one man barking just passed by like it was ten. The creepy guy at work with fat in all the wrong places, the one person in your group of friends that nobody likes, and the people you don't know who turn around in your driveway all get their due in a stinging way that should have them helplessly twitching on the floor for days. The audio would earn this collection a recommendation on its own, but add a DVD of Cook's appearances on Crank Yankers, Shorties Watchin' Shorties, and various other Comedy Central productions and you've got a fan's dream. Cook's in-your-face style is love-him-or-loathe-him, but if you love him, Retaliation is everything you could ask for and more. ~ David Jeffries
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Intro/Riot Dane Cook 2:0
  3. 2 Struck by a Vehicle Dane Cook 3:33
  4. 3 Superbleeder Dane Cook 0:39
  5. 4 Legacy Dane Cook 1:15
  6. 5 Someone S#! t on the Coats Dane Cook 1:33
  7. 6 Abducted Dane Cook 2:54
  8. 7 Punkass/Are You Out of Your F#+In' Mind?! Dane Cook 1:13
  9. 8 Driveway Intruder Dane Cook 1:15
  10. 9 Car Alarm Dane Cook 3:42
  11. 10 Heist/Monkey Dane Cook 4:38
  12. 11 Bamf Dane Cook 2:20
  13. 12 Dream House Dane Cook 3:59
  14. 13 At the Wall Dane Cook 10:44
  15. 14 The Chicken Sangwich/The Heckler and the Kabbash Dane Cook 12:28
  16. 1 Intro/The Dane Train Dane Cook 0:53
  17. 2 Itchy A**hole Dane Cook 0:45
  18. 3 Superpowers Dane Cook 2:0
  19. 4 The Friend Nobody Likes Dane Cook 2:23
  20. 5 Obby Dane Cook 3:5
  21. 6 Creepy Guy @ Work Dane Cook 3:23
  22. 7 L-O-V-E Dane Cook 2:1
  23. 8 Turn On's Slash Turn Off's Dane Cook 1:47
  24. 9 Exaggerating GF/Bachelor Dane Cook 2:5
  25. 10 The Nothing Fight Dane Cook 6:6
  26. 11 Making Up Dane Cook 5:59
  27. 12 My Son Optimus Prime Dane Cook 1:53
  28. 13 One Night Stand/DJ Diddles Dane Cook 10:53
  29. 14 Where's the Handle? Dane Cook 3:49
  30. 15 Let's Do This, I'm a Cashew Dane Cook 4:11
  31. 1 Shorties Watchin' Shorties Dane Cook null:null
  32. 2 Crank Yankers Dane Cook null:null
  33. 3 Unedited Comedy Central Bar Mitzvah Bash Dane Cook null:null
  34. 4 Unedited Denis Leary Roast Dane Cook null:null
  35. 5 Tourgasm Teaser Dane Cook null:null

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