Comedian: Aurora theater victims would have asked to be shot if not for gunman

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Popular comedian Dane Cook may lose some fans in Colorado after making a joke about the Aurora theater tragedy that drew groans from a Los Angeles crowd Thursday.

Playing at the Laugh Factory on Sunset Boulevard, Cook began the joke by voicing his opinion on “The Dark Night Rises,” the movie that was being screened in the Aurora movie theater at midnight on July 20 when a gunman opened fire on the audience, shooting 70 and killing 12.

“I don’t know if you’ve seen the movie, but the movie is pretty much (terrible),” Cook said.

Gauging from the reaction of Cook’s audience, things took a turn for the distasteful when Cook hypothesized what would have happened had suspected gunman James E. Holmes not attacked the audience 25 minutes into the movie.

“Pretty sure that somebody in that theater, about 25 minutes in, realizing (the movie was terrible), would have probably said ‘ugh … shoot me.'” Cook said.

The joke was met with a series of groans. Some of those groans did eventually turn into laughter. Cook does not currently have any tour dates scheduled in the state of Colorado.