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How Dane Cook Achieved A Net Worth Of $30 Million

Dane Cook

Dane Cook is an American stand up comedian. He is also known for his roles in several films. Throughout his career he has accumulated a net worth of $30 million. More details of how he has earned this figure can be found below. Cook primarily works as a stand up comedian and it is this work which has given the biggest contribution to his total net worth. He began his comedy career in 1990 by performing in local comedy clubs and he has been working steadily since then. He is not always that popular among fellow comedians, but he has gained a large number of fans over the years that he has been active. He told GQ that he doesn't really mind the fact that he is not popular with everyone. He quite enjoys the bad guy persona that he is able to put on while he is performing.

Net Worth$30 Million
NameDane Jeffrey Cook
BornCambridge, Massachusetts
Birth DateMarch 18, 1972
Source of WealthAmerican Stand-Up Comedian And Film Actor
CountryUnited States

The Start

One of the things that is often said about him is that he is a better promoter than he is comedian and that this is one of the reasons he has been so successful. In the early days of his career he was able to use MySpace very effectively to raise his profile as a comedian. He was also one of the first comedians to have his own website, which he designed himself. This really helped him to get recognized when he was just starting out, and today there are several ways that he earns an income from his comedy work.

Something that is not too common for comedians, but that has worked well for Cook is releasing a CD of his comedy. He has released a total of five comedy albums and they have all sold reasonably well. Four of them have reached the number one spot in the Comedy Billboard charts and the other reached number two. His second album, Retaliation, which was released in 2005 was the first album in over twenty five years to get into the top five of the Billboard 100. He repeated this four years later with Isolated Incident which also reached the top five. Several of his albums have sold more than a million copies in the United Staes and so this has been a very successful venture for him, which would have earned him a significant amount of money.

Cook also tours on a regular basis and this is another form of income for him. Hollywood Reporter states that he is one of the most successful stand up comedians of all time and that it was common for him to earn as much as $20 million for a tour. He is only the second comedian that has ever sold out the arena at Madison Square Garden. There was a point in his career where he toured every year, but he does not do this as frequently now. Touring is something that is important to him as a stand-up comedian because it provides an opportunity for him to interact with a live audience.

He has also released a number of DVDs of the shows that he has performed on tour, as well as some behind the scenes footage. These DVDs are popular with people that have had not had the chance to go and see him live because they still get to experience the show. People who have seen the show already may also buy them as a memento of the evening. Cook will receive some money from every copy of a DVD that is sold and this is on top of the money he would have earned from the tour itself. Some of his shows have been aired on HBO and he would have been paid for the rights to broadcast these shows.


He has also worked as an actor, appearing in films since 1997. He has done some TV work, but this has not been as extensive as his work in movies. He has guest starred in several well-known TV shows such as American Gods and Hawaii 5-0. However, away from comedy is he best known for his roles in films such as Good Luck Chuck and My Best Friends Girl. He also provided the voice of main character Dusty Crophopper in the Disney animated movies Planes and the sequel. The amount of money that he earns from his acting work will vary from role to role. When he first started acting in films, he was not as well-known as he is now and they tended to be smaller parts and so he may not have been paid all that much. He would have been paid far more for the lead roles he had in films such as Planes and Employee Of The Month. While he has always considered himself to be a comedian rather than an actor, his acting work would have made a valuable contribution to his overall net worth.

His net worth may have been even higher, but a substantial amount of money was embezzled from him by his half brother, Darryl McCauley, whom he employed as his business manager. The figure that was stolen was estimated at $12 million and McCauley's wife was also involved in the theft. CNN reported that the couple would be required to pay this amount back to Cook. They also both served time in prison but Cook has not spoken to either of them since they were released. It has never been revealed how much of the money he actually received back.

Although he has not been as active in recent years as he was during the 2000s, he has recently embarked on a new tour. He has said that he does not really see this himself as a comeback but he understands that this is how it might appear to others. The work that he has been doing recently has not been that high profile and this is why many people are under the impression that he was on a break. However, now that he is back in the public eye again, there is a good chance that his net worth will increase in the future.

Allen Lee

Written by Allen Lee

Allen Lee is a Toronto-based freelance writer who studied business in school but has since turned to other pursuits. He spends more time than is perhaps wise with his eyes fixed on a screen either reading history books, keeping up with international news, or playing the latest releases on the Steam platform, which serve as the subject matter for much of his writing output. Currently, Lee is practicing the smidgen of Chinese that he picked up while visiting the Chinese mainland in hopes of someday being able to read certain historical texts in their original language.

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