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Dane Cook Apologizes

for Massacre Joke

-- 'Bad Judgment Call'

7/27/2012 2:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Dane Cook has issued an apology for cracking a joke about the "Dark Knight Rises" massacre ... saying he regrets telling the joke ... and admits it was a "bad judgment call."

Cook just posted a statement on Twitter saying, "I am devastated by the recent tragedy in Colorado & did not mean to make light of what happened."

"I made a bad judgment call with my material last night & regret making a joke at such a sensitive time. My heart goes out to all of the families & friends of the victims."

As we previously reported, Cook's controversial joke went something like this ... The Batman movie is so bad, had the killing spree not occurred, the people inside of the theater would have been begging for someone to shoot them.

The whole thing went down Thursday night at The Laugh Factory on the Sunset Strip ... and was captured on tape. The footage was later posted to the website


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"Bad judgement call"? UNDERSTATEMENT!

820 days ago


Apology accepted. I understand it. Sometimes the only way to cope is with dark humor.

820 days ago


apology accepted and now come up with funnier jokes like denis leary can

820 days ago


"My heart goes out to them." What exactly does that mean? If he had a heart, he wouldn't have tried to crack wise about it.

820 days ago


His mommy made a bad call going through w/ the pregnancy.

820 days ago


BREAKING NEWS? yiiikes TMZ, you are dangerously close to mimicking cable news desperation to act like they are live on the scene of a gory tragedy. our desire to rubberneck doesn't need this level of hype. plus, never even heard of this dude.

820 days ago

A viewer    

Can't just open big mouth, say unsensitive stupidness for the pure hope of a laugh while people are suffering from a huge tragedy and then say "sorry" when you're called on it. Big mouth, desperate, no body that will do anything for attention.

820 days ago


I don't like what he said but I don't think he needed to apologize. He's a comic, they are known to be Aholes a lot. People get over it pretty fast. I don't know, it's nice that he apologized but I think it's a little empty. He still thinks it's funny, just bad timing.

820 days ago


This shooting happened like a week ago, why would you even think about making a joke about it?

820 days ago

Pudding Tang    


820 days ago


It is funny to the audience because they are in California, But does Dane Cook or any other gutless coward comedian who thinks they are funny have the "BALLS" to come to Aurora or Denver comedy club and do a Joke about the shootings. You all say that you are edgy and that is what gutless coward comedians do come to colorado and do that joke in a comedy theater in Aurora or denver if you have the "BALLS" I bet none of you gutless coward comedians will take this challenge. You all are GUTLESS COWARDS.

820 days ago


When people realize it is never TOO SOON or PROPER TIME to say s_+_t like this!!! there is never right moment to make jokes about such events!

820 days ago

Honeys Booboo    

Denis Leary?
That guy who stole his whole act from Bill Hicks?

820 days ago

really! really?    

Retracting hurtful comments is like trying to put toothpaste back into the tube. Think first, then speak Mr. Cook. Do better...

820 days ago

J Live    

Yawn...publicity stunt. Haven't heard his name in a year or two so it makes sense to make waves.

820 days ago
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