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Hey, Dane Cook did something funny

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Comedian Dane Cook and The A.V. Club have had a contentious relationship over the years. We hate his comedy, and, well, he disingenuously invited us on a spa weekend. But, hey, that doesn’t mean we can’t acknowledge good work when it happens. He’s kinda great in Mr. Brooks, for instance, and, on Sunday, he posted what’s objectively a pretty great tweet.


In it, Cook settles in for an episode of Jeopardy!, saying, “I love Jeopardy, I can just watch it and get away from it all.” His good mood, however, is undone when Alex Trebek poses the question, “Dane Cook’s half-brother and business manager stole millions from the comic, this crime of misappropriating bank funds.”

A player responds, “What is embezzlement?” That is correct, and the camera circles back to Cook, quietly reflecting on the fact that, yes, his half-brother did steal millions of dollars from him.

Darryl McCauley is Cook’s half-brother and served as his manager from the early ‘90s through 2008. In 2010, he pled guilty to 27 counts of larceny over $250 and a slew of other charges, resulting in a five-year prison sentence and, one can imagine, a lifetime of awkward holiday gatherings.

Regardless of one’s thoughts on Cook’s alpha-male schtick, that sort of betrayal undoubtedly cuts deep, and to see it played as trivia on a national TV show can’t be fun.

Good Luck Chuck, however, remains one of the worst movies of this century.


Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.