Helium Presents: Dana Gould
I was born and raised in the ironically-named town of Hopedale, Massachusetts. I started performing stand-up comedy at the age of 17, three short weeks out of high school. As a performer, I was too young to be any good. As a person, I was socially inept and looked weird. Let's skip ahead!
Eventually, I got my groove on. And my friend, on it has stayed!
I attended U-Mass, Amherst for a couple years, and then dove head-first into the halcyon days of "The Comedy Boom". I moved to Los Angeles in the dawning years of the go-go 90's, and was fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of several network development deals. The goal here is to get a comedian, hook him to a writer, and have them create a TV pilot. Over time, I had my hand in more pilots than an Air Force proctologist.
In 1992 I wrote and performed an autobiographical one-man show called Insomnia. It was a genuine, theatrical one-person show, not just my stand-up act with a chair and a lamp. The show told the story of the events in my life that lead to me becoming a person so fascinating that I warranted a one-man show. I look back on Insomnia now as a youthful indiscretion that I kind of regret. But it was too late, for by this time I had honed my whining to an art form, and I had become white-hot in the business. I was all sizzle and all steak. You read that right.
In quick succession, I performed in several HBO specials, as well numerous guest appearances on Late Night With Conan O'Brien and The Late Show with David Letterman . I recorded the CD Funhouse, which was called "a comedy CD" by Billboard magazine. As an actor, I appeared on Seinfeld and The Ben Stiller Show. I was a series regular on the NBC series "Working" (which wasn't, and was soon cancelled).
Along the way, I discovered that the writing process was a lot more creatively fulfilling than acting was. Acting requires getting up before dawn and sitting around all day in a small trailer with a waterless toilet. That said, you get to wear make-up!
After writing the pilot "World On A String" (with Jay Kogen), I co-created MTV's late, lamented, Super Adventure Team (with Rob Cohen). I then joined the staff of The Simpsons, where I squatted for seven years. Stand up remains a big part of my career, and I continue to perform regularly. I recently appeared in the film "The Aristocrats". and am preparing to record my next stand-up CD. I live in Los Angeles with my wife and a bunch of kids and dogs, many of them ours.
Gould has written and performed on The Ben Stiller Show; one such sketch features Gould as Otto, Cupid's twisted brother, whose arrows convince a young man to fall madly in love with an elderly woman. Another series of sketches features a heavily disguised Gould as Wilford Brimley advertising "Grady's Oats" (a parody of Brimley's Quaker Oats advertisements). In one, he speaks of his hobby of dressing in a taffeta gown and filling his panties with oatmeal; in another, he brandishes a revolver through the window at children.
Gould was featured in the film The Aristocrats, where, among other commentary, he presents an Amish version of the dirty title joke. For six years Gould wrote for The Simpsons, on one episode of which he provided the voice of Don Knotts as Barney Fife (an impression that originated in his standup routine). He left the show in late 2006 in order to focus on his own screenwriting.
- info from Wikipedia