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Dane Cook apologizes for Aurora shooting joke at Laugh Factory

Dane Cook arrives for the NBC network upfront

Dane Cook arrives for the NBC network upfront presentation at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. (May 14, 2012) Credit: AP

With all the backlash, it didn't take Dane Cook long to issue an apology for his joke at The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles last week.

“I am devastated by the recent tragedy in Colorado & did not mean to make light of what happened,” he wrote on Twitter. “I made a bad judgment call with my material last night & regret making a joke at such a sensitive time. My heart goes out to all of the families & friends of the victims.”

A few weeks after Daniel Tosh’s reported rape joke, the 40-year-old comedian cracked another contentious one during his standup show on Thursday, TMZ reported.

A video, taken by an audience member, captured Cook making jokes about the shooting in Aurora, Colo., which left 12 people dead and injured 58 more, one week ago during “The Dark Knight Rises” premiere.

“So I heard that the guy came into the theater about 25 minutes into the movie,” Cook said, referring to James Holmes, the accused shooter.

“And I know that if – you know – none of that had happened I’m pretty sure that somebody in that theater, about 25 minutes in … probably was like … shoot me,” Cook added, after saying the movie was not worth watching.

While some audience members found the joke funny, many voiced their dismay with Cook on Twitter.

“Dane Cook went too far. How is it funny to joke about the Aurora shooting?” @TheDrew4288 wrote.

“Everyone that laughed at that tasteless 'joke' by Dane Cook about the shooting should evaluate their life. Be ashamed,” @Pummma tweeted.

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