When tragedy struck, comedian Dane Cook turned inward for inspiration.
Reeling from the deaths of both his parents, who passed away within a year of each other, Cook pulled back from arena gigs and refocused his routine. He came up with a set of intensely personal jokes - some that deal with the death of his mother - and performed in front of only 20 people at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles.
The Laugh Factory show was filmed for his new special, An Isolated Incident, which airs May 17 on Comedy Central. When he comes to the 1st Mariner Arena on Friday, Cook will bring this brutally honest new material with him.
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