Dane Cook Announces Plans For Fall/Winter Tour
Dane Cook has made his intentions known; he’s taking his comedy act back out on the road in the waning months of 2010.
Instead of an ambitious outing like his 2009 arena-visiting Isolated Incident Global Thermo Comedy Tour, Cook plans on seeing out the year with a circuit of smaller venues.
“After 80 arenas last year I wanted to go back to the small clubs and work on a brand new hour of standup comedy. Now I’m jumping back on the road to perform for comedy fans everywhere,” said Cook. “I’ve got that new hour plus a few bad ass surprises. This follow up tour is about hitting a bevy of unique stages in my continuing quest to perform literally everywhere. Special surprise guests, brand new jokes and I’m off my diet so it’s all about to go down!”
Dane Cook tickets are already on sale for his tour that begins Oct. 2 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. Cook’s excursion wraps Nov. 7 at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine.
More dates may be coming as Cook’s next comedy album, I Did My Best: Greatest Hits, is due out on Nov. 23.
While Cook has received rave reviews for his standup, starred in several highly successful feature films, and twice hosted Saturday Night Live, his main contribution to pop culture may actually come down to a hand gesture.
Dane Cook invented the “Super Finger” or “SuFi.”
So in honor of both his upcoming tour and his bequeathal to the world of hand signals, Land of Punt decided to take a look at ten popular hand gestures found in pop culture.
Super Finger or SuFi
The “Super Finger,” or “SuFi,” evolved out of a Dane Cook joke. The comedian lamented that sometimes you get so angry that “the finger” isn’t enough and you need to add more. Thus the “Super Finger” was born. The gesture has since become Cook’s unofficial logo appearing on T-shirts and other merchandise. The “Super Finger” is widely used by Cook fans to show their support and appreciation.
The “Vulcan Salute” comes from the late 1960’s science fiction series, Star Trek. The gesture was created by the actor who played Spock, Leonard Nimoy. He based the salute on a blessing by Jewish Kohanim. The “Vulcan Salute,” which is probably the hardest gesture on this list to perform, first appeared in the episode “Amok Time.” Originally intended for the Vulcan race, the gesture has now come to symbolize the entire Star Trek franchise.
“Hook’em Horns,” the gesture and the slogan, belong to The University of Texas. The gesture is meant to resemble the school’s mascot, a steer named Bevo. It was invented in 1955. “Hook’em Horns” is not only synonymous with the university but in many ways with college athletics. This is due to both the school’s tremendous athletic success and several prominent alumni.
Sign of the Horns
Very similar to “Hook’em Horns,” the “Sign of the Horns” is a gesture which has roots in the supernatural, the occult, and heavy metal music. While it’s been around for centuries, the gesture was popularized by Ronnie James Dio after he joined Black Sabbath. While often associated with the devil, Dio says he stole the idea from his grandmother who used the gesture to ward off the evil eye (also known as a malocchio). The “Sign of the Horns” has many variations, one of which includes the extension of the thumb.
The “Shaka Sign” is more commonly known as “hang loose” and is often associated with Hawaii and surfers. Legend has the gesture emanating from a Hawaiian sugar mill worker who lost his three middle fingers. While guarding the sugar, he would give the all-clear by shaking his thumb and pinkie. The gesture, which has been used by many pro wrestlers and famous Hawaiians, has recently increased in popularity thanks to President Barack Obama flashing the signal at his inauguration. Obama was “born” in Hawaii.
The Loser Sign
The “Loser Sign” was popularized by the 1994 Jim Carrey movie, Ace Venture Pet Detective. Once destined for the dust bin, the gesture has been revitalized by the smash hit television show, Glee. The gesture is featured in the show’s logo (it makes the “L” in the word “Glee”) and is used by fans to show their admiration.
“Finger guns” is included on this list for three reasons. One, it’s the signal for the Texas Tech Red Raiders, only they call it “Guns Up.” Two, the gesture, done with both hands, was used extensively by one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all-time, Mick Foley. And finally, the gesture is frequently used as a corny signal of affection by vapid celebrities, i.e. “love guns.”
D-Generation X’s “X”
D-Generation X is one of professional wrestling’s most popular stables. The wrestling faction has employed several gestures over the years but Land of Punt’s favorite is the “X.” We find it more charming than the rather boorish “crotch chop.” The “X” can be made with the hands open and fingers taunt or with clenched fists. Perform this gesture at any wrestler event in the world and everyone will immediately understand the reference.
Arthur Fonzarelli, or the Fonz, or Fonzie, was a character from the ABC sitcom, Happy Days (1974-1984). He was the epitome of cool. Of the character’s many traits one of them was pointing both thumbs towards the sky. During Happy Days’ heyday if you imitated Fonzie’s thumbs-up gesture everyone knew you were trying to be “cool.” Unfortunately, Happy Days hasn’t held up as well as say, Star Trek. Yes, you could say Happy Days has jumped the shark. Fonzie was played by actor Henry Winkler.
Just as “Hook’em Horns” is associated with The University of Texas, “The Pitchfork” or “The Trident” is associated with the Sun Devils of Arizona State University—although, “The Pitchfork” is not nearly as prevalent or as old as the Texas gesture. “The Pitchfork” is also used by professional wrestler Matt Hardy. Only he calls it the “V1″ as in “Matt Hardy version one.” When making this gesture you must keep the pinkie away from the ring finger. If they touch you form another hand gesture that has a rather rude connotation.