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Dane Cook hosts ‘SNL’ season opener

‘When I started doing standup, even well before standup, a goal that I set for myself was to be a part of ‘Saturday Night Live,’’ Cook told The Associated Press Friday.
/ Source: The Associated Press

On Saturday’s season opener of “Saturday Night Live,” comedian Dane Cook will not only get the expected laughs but also achieve a lifelong dream.

“When I started doing standup, even well before standup, a goal that I set for myself was to be a part of ‘Saturday Night Live,”’ Cook told The Associated Press Friday.

Cook first hosted the show last year. Returning so soon was “like coming back to the best camp I’ve ever gone to in my life,” he said. “I feel almost like I’m a part of the cast.”

That cast is leaner than it’s been in season’s past due to budget crunching by NBC, but Cook, 34, sees that as a chance for everyone to be more involved in the show.

“It’s great to be in sketches with the whole company,” he said.

Expect lots of topical comedy on the season opener, Cook said.

“It’s a comedy bomb and its about to explode laughter all over.”