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In 2002, then struggling comic Dane Cook spent his last $25,000 on his Web site www.DaneCook.com, and the popularity soon fueled his meteoric rise.

Since Mr. Cook braved the path to the Web for stand-up comedians, who’s followed in his footsteps?

There was once a stigma attached to having a Web site as a comedian. Standups have often felt that a following can only be respectably gained at the mike. And some of the biggest names in standup still don’t have a site: Jerry Seinfeld doesn’t, and the sites of Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle are dormant.

Yet comedians are increasingly feeling the need to have an online presence.

m Lewis Black on his site www.LewisBlack.net says in an audio message: “Yes, it’s time to get up to speed. It’s time to become a part of the 21st century. I hope this Web site works for you, and if not, it will be just another of life’s many, many disappointments.”

Comedian Robert Smigel doesn’t have a personal site, but his character Triumph the Insult Comic Dog does: www.TriumphTheInsultComicDog.com.

Many thought Jack Handey, famous for the “Deep Thoughts” segment on “Saturday Night Live,” was a character, but Mr. Handey is a real comedian and is now a frequent contributor to the New Yorker. His site, www.DeepThoughtsByJackHandey.com, provides a Deep Thought of the Day, each of which can be e-mailed.

A redneck joke of the day is given by Jeff Foxworthy’s large, well-produced site, www.JeffFoxworthy.com.

Alternatively, the rudimentary destination for Louis C.K. www.LouisCK.com is fitting for the bluntly honest comedian of HBO’s “Lucky Louie.”

The site www.BrianRegan.com for Brian Regan, who recently had his own Comedy Central special, is frequently updated and provides a good taste of Mr. Regan’s comedy to those unfamiliar with him. Andy Dick, though, might have the most content on his www.AndyDick.com.

One of the best comedians who blogs regularly is the squinting, stammering Gilbert Gottfried. A recent entry on www.GilbertGottfried.com was titled: “Kicked Out of Canada, or Won’t You Let Me in Immigration Man.”

Margaret Cho might blog more avidly than any other comedian. At www.MargaretCho.com, she chronicles her life almost daily with photographs and text.

Bob Saget rarely blogs, but recently posted on his site www.TheBobSaget.com an entry pondering what he’d do if he discovered he only had 24 hours to live.

Bob Odenkirk and David Cross still maintain their site www.BobAndDavid.com even though their HBO sketch program, “Mr. Show,” was canceled in 1998.

Other young stand-ups also have used their Web sites to reflect their uniqu e and eccentric brand of comedy.

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