Dane Cook is a "healed" man - and it's all thanks to Louis C.K.

Back in 2011 the wildly-successful stand-up guest-starred as himself on an episode of the latter's Emmy-winning FX comedy series "Louie," all in the name of addressing - through a charged faux-backstage confrontation between the two comedians - the long-standing controversy that Cook had pilfered jokes from CK's act to further his own career. While C.K. himself never leveled the charges directly, his fans did, even putting together a YouTube video they held up to be evidence of the joke-theft.

So when C.K. approached him about incorporating the real-life imbroglio into a plotline of the show, Cook jumped at the opportunity.

"I came to New York just to talk to him, we were actually gonna just sit down and I guess have like a bit of a healing conversation," said Cook, speaking to me at the recent press junket for Disney's forthcoming animated spin-off "Planes." "But he had something up his sleeve. It was a script, and he said 'I wanna talk to him about it on the show.' And I thought it was really important. I thought it was really important also because for me personally, I felt...I understood the perspective, but a lot of my fans didn't understand. I think that they sometimes felt like they were stuck in the middle, because they loved Louis' standup and appreciated mine. So it was a chapter closing in my life, but also in a way that Louis had brilliantly come up with to make a great piece of television."

So would he be willing to appear on the show again?

"I would hope so," said Cook. "I've got a great relationship now with Louis, and I consider him a friend. So if he has another idea or story - I'm sure it would have nothing to do with that particular storyline - but I would be absolutely game."

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A former contributor to sites including MTV's The Backlot and Bloody-Disgusting, Chris Eggertsen worked in film development before indulging his love of pop culture writing full time. He specializes in horror, the intersection of social issues and entertainment and Howard Stern. He's on Twitter @HitFixChris.