In the Showtime comedy special Troublemaker, comedian Dane Cook is stirring things up again. With his patented brand of observational humor, he’s skewering aspects of modern life, from our hidden internet selves to how much time we spend texting to gender taboos, in general. His directorial debut was filmed last fall and showcases his acerbic wit and dead-on insight, as he explores the hilarious aspects of everyday life and human behavior, in a way that only he can.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Dane Cook talked about why he wanted to direct his own special and that he’ll be directing his next, as well, that he’d like to also direct another comedian’s special and help them keep their authenticity, why he wanted to delve so deeply into personal connection and relationships, just how closely he follows his plan for a live show, addressing his hecklers, the differences between being funny on stage and being funny on film, how every subject is fair game when you’re a stand-up comic, and the worst stand-up experience he’s ever had. He also talked about what attracted him to 400 Days, which centers on four astronauts who are locked away for 400 days while on a simulated mission to a distant planet to test the psychological effects of deep space travel, creating a lead role in a comedy, from the ground up, developing a TV show, and whether he might ever turn back up on Hawaii Five-O. Check out the full interview after the jump.