Dane Cook Tackles Criticism Of His Age Gap Relationship In Predictable Way

Age gaps are pretty common in celebrity relationships. George Clooney and Amal Clooney, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, and Leonardo DiCaprio and all of his revolving girlfriends first come to mind, but there are really too many celeb couples to count. Still, large age gaps usually inspire criticism from the public, even if both parties were technically legal when the relationship began. One celebrity who can relate to this is comedian-actor Dane Cook. 

The 50-year-old comic has been in a relationship with 23-year-old Kelsi Taylor for the past five years, meaning that Taylor was a teenager when they first got together. In 2018, Cook shared how he and Taylor, who was then 19 at the time, met. "We met at a game night I host at my place," shared Cook on Instagram Live. "We were friends for a while & soon after fell in like with each and then upgraded to love" (via HuffPost). 

Needless to say, social media has had a lot to say about Cook and Taylor's relationship, especially since he announced their engagement on Instagram. "Dane Cook Gross. sorry. When you're 45 and you meet someone in high school you ask if they need help with math and move on," tweeted comic and podcaster Jeff Dwoskin. Another user tweeted, "People acting like this is the first time anyone has realized Dane Cook is creepy."

Now, Cook's addressing the public's opinion about his age gap with Taylor in his new standup special.

Dane Cook is addressing his 27-year age gap in his standup special

Dane Cook chatted with E! News to share that he would be adding jokes about his relationship with Kelsi Taylor to his new standup show, "Dane Cook: Above It All." And it seems that Taylor approves. "[Taylor] saw everything that I was working on for the show," Cook shared. "And she was like, 'Keep that in. I think that part will be great.' There's even some fun at our own expense." As for the specific material, Cook is definitely addressing the fact that there's a 27-year age gap between him and Taylor. "We have a bit of an age difference, so it's in the show, it's in the show," he added. "If we can't laugh at it, then nobody else is allowed."

Cook also spoke on his relationship with Taylor during an interview with Boston.com, explaining he was looking forward to their actual wedding. "We're looking at next fall right now." Cook also asserted that he and his fiancée aren't worried about what the public thinks. "It's funny, there's a big segment of 'Above It All' that references Kelsi and I," Cook added. "We've had a lot of fun with our relationship, and we've taken some hits for 'the other narrative,' I guess you could call it. We're enjoying the comedic moment right now, but next year [we'll] focus on our future plans together."