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Comic Dane Cook cancels Tampa concert and three other Florida dates this week



dane-cook.jpgSuperstar standup comic Dane Cook has cancelled his Tampa show Sunday at the 1-800-ASK-Gary Amphitheatre, along with three other Florida shows this week, citing "recent personal matters."

The open question: Do those "personal matters" include tanking ticket sales? Or the recent prison term faced by his half-brother for embezzling millions?

The events affected include an Oct. 21 stop in Tallahassee, a Oct. 22 show in Gainesville, and a Oct. 23 performance at Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. 'I appreciate all the support from my fans in Florida and I promise you all, that I will be back soon," said Cook in a quote posted on his website. The site also said ticket holders could sign up to learn about premium seating for any rescheduled Florida performances, with refunds are available at the point–of-purchase.

His website offered no details on why the comic cancelled his tour. A spokeswoman for the comedian said the cancellations were not connected to Cook's half-brother Darryl McCauley, who pleaded guilty last week to dozens of charges of larceny, embezzlement, forgery and other crimes in connection with allegations he stole millions from the comedian. McCauley was sentenced to up to six years in prison for the crimes, which authorities said included McCauley writing himself a check for $3-million in cash from his brother's accounts; he served as Cook's business manager from the early 1990s to 2008.

In an Oct. 11 interview with the St. Petersburg Times before his brother was sentenced, Cook said he jokes privately about the situation, but couldn't say anything publicly. "I probably would have shared more if I was capable of it but legally I couldn’t. And yet, personally, yeah, I definitely found a lot of ways to share humor in what is obviously such a terrible betrayal. It’s the only word that ever comes to mind. It’s not about, you know, who took what or … it’s the betrayal of, you know, caring about somebody and then they can do something that you just can’t even really fathom.

"You know, I was in Hollywood and made it, you know, through the piranhas of Hollywood for years, proudly, like, you know, I’ve made great choices and I didn’t get swallowed up and then to have something happen, you know, so close to home, it really . . . that’s not something that goes away overnight. But I do find ways to, you know, release and I definitely know that some day, it will find its way into my performances and I’m sure that I’ll be able to share some of those experiences to some capacity."

According to Cook's website, his tour will continue as planned through 30 cities in the United States and Canada starting with a Syracuse, N.Y. concert on Oct. 26th, concluding Dec. 4th. Cook's 2010 tour had been scheduled to coincide with the release of a new greatest hits comedy album on Nov. 23, the website said.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 10:08am]


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