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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.”

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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.

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

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Randall Colburn

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.