Dane Cook latest comedian set for Broadway

Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:02pm EST
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. comedian Dane Cook will make his Broadway debut in an upcoming Neil LaBute play, producers said on Thursday, joining funnymen Chris Rock, Robin Williams and Ben Stiller who are all set to make turns in separate Broadway productions next year.

Cook, the 38-year-old stand-up comedian and actor from several HBO comedy specials, will portray an acerbic friend in LaBute's "Fat Pig," joining actor Josh Hamilton in a revival of the 2004 play that tells the story of a thirty-something bachelor who falls for a beautiful and plus-sized librarian.

Cook is the latest comedian to take on the Great White Way next year. Comedian Robin Williams will make his Broadway debut in the quirky play by Rajiv Joseph called "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.

Chris Rock will also make his Broadway debut in "The M----------- With the Hat," while Ben Stiller is scheduled to star in "The House of Blue Leaves," a revival of John Guare's 1971 play about a zookeeper with songwriting ambitions.

Currently Jerry Seinfeld is making his directorial Broadway debut with the one-man show "Long Story Short," with comedian Colin Quinn, which recently opened on Broadway to favorable reviews.

(Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Jill Serjeant)