Dane Cook’s ‘Troublemaker’ to Premiere in October

The Showtime special will also serve as comedian’s directorial debut…if it airs

Brace yourselves, America; Dane Cook is coming to your living rooms in October.

Cook’s new comedy special, “Troublemaker,” will premiere on Showtime Oct. 17 at 10 p.m., the network said Thursday.

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Besides showcasing Cook’s “acerbic wit and patented brand of provocative, on-fire comedic insight,” the special also serves as his directorial debut, so audiences will be exposed to yet another talent of the comedian, who’s known to some as America’s funnyman.

“This comedy event shows off Cook’s ability to not only perform in-depth comedy routines, but film them in a style that speaks to a new generation of comedy fans everywhere,” Showtime said in a release.

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“In ‘Troublemaker,’ Cook dismantles the modern-day relationship, holds a mirror up to society and generally torches observational humor to the bone,” Showtime added. “Delving into a wide range of topics from tech relationships to blowing the lid off of gender secrets to our hidden Internet lives and how we mask our depression, joy and temptations – no topic is off limits.”

Of course, all of this presumes that the special doesn’t meet the same fate as his other recent TV endeavor, the NBC comedy “Next Caller,” which got the axe before it even aired.