Dane Cook on the night of “Vicious Circle”

I’d interviewed Dane Cook in 2005 upon the release of his breakthrough CD/DVD "Retaliation," but hadn’t really talked to him in-depth in person until April 15, 2006, the night he’d tape two sold-out shows at Boston’s TD Banknorth Garden for HBO’s "Vicious Circle." Cook took some time in his dressing room about an hour before the first of two shows to chat with me. "Tourgasm" had been filmed but hadn’t yet aired on HBO, but people took notice when "Retaliation" debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard charts, the highest ranking for a comedy disc since Steve Martin three decades earlier. And fans from across the country came calling to Boston to be part of his HBO special. Guys from Aerosmith showed up. Glenn Close brought her daughters, who were in awe of him. This was the biggest night of his career. Are you nervous about tonight? "I spent 15 years thinking this wouldn’t happen. This is what I’ve always aspired to do. The ultimate plateau of comedy. So to actually be here, and be doing it, I feel very prepared. And so no, the nervous was not getting here. I just have to go out and have a blast, do the show." Hear a portion of our interview archived here. Cook had prepped for the HBO special by performing his show in the round earlier that week in...

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