"Often called The Father of Alternative Comedy (a movement that would later include the likes of Patton Oswalt, Andy Kindler and Janeane Garofalo), Dana Gould is one of the best comedians that's still best known mostly in comedy circles. Despite a distinguished career as a writer on shows like The Simpsons and The Ben Stiller Show, Gould isn't as recognizable as some of his comedy peers, even those he so clearly inspired. Gould started doing stand-up in the '80s, but rejected the popular "set-up/punchline" formula of the time, instead creating long-form bits that didn't resemble anything with which audiences were familiar. Gould applies his brilliant comic mind to sharp observations tinged with a dark black cynicism. He's a smart man who wants everything to be better. Thanks to him, stand-up comedy certainly is." - By Patrick Bromley, About Entertainment
Dana Gould was born and raised in the ironically-named town of Hopedale, Massachusetts. Gould started performing stand-up comedy at the age of 17, three short weeks out of high school. Dana Gould has performed in several HBO specials, as well numerous guest appearances on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" and "The Late Show with David Letterman". Gould recorded the CD Funhouse, which was called "a comedy CD" by Billboard magazine. As an actor, he appeared on "Seinfeld" and "The Ben Stiller Show". After writing the pilot "World On A String" (with Jay Kogen), Gould co-created MTV's late, lamented, Super Adventure Team (with Rob Cohen). Dana Gould then joined the staff of "The Simpsons", where he squatted for seven years. Stand up remains a big part of his career, and he continues to perform regularly.
Check out his podcast The Dana Gould Hour