I’ve listened to plenty of podcasts by comedians and the “Dana Gould Hour” is the funniest, most creative and the best produced one out there.
I’ve enjoyed Dana Gould as a standup comedian for a long time, going back over 20 years when I lived in San Francisco and witnessed several of his shows. His routines were a fine mix of silliness and intelligence. Although I didn’t realize it until I started doing research for this post, it turns out I’ve also enjoyed his writing for years. He has written many episodes for “The Simpsons”.
The Dana Gould Hour podcast episode
How my dad got his teeth kicked out and other tales of manliness! Marine bootcamp, Dirty Harry, Two Guys From Boston and an ode to The Wolfman. Rob Cohen, John Ennis, Eddie pepitone, Lou Schneider, Joel Stein.
The Dana Gould Comedy Hour – By Sam Webb
Dana Gould was and remains one of the leading lights of the ‘alternative comedy movement.’ And finally, having calmly and stoically assessed the scene, finally launched his own podcast back in February and praise be, as he emboldens the standard podcast format, hosting a show bristling with ideas, strange stories of yore and two men from Boston. Each episode lasts around about an hour, is broadcast fortnightly and brings with it mirth and brightness to spare.
Video Dana Gould stand-up comedy on Conan
The bedrock of each show follows the familiar podcast trope of ‘three white guys talkin’ but brings with it a vibrancy, elegance and intelligence that really sets it apart from competitors. This is as much down to the individual and collaborative skills of the guest collective, so far including such luminaries as Eddie Pepitone and Matt Weinhold, as it is to the topics they discuss, which are as inviting as they are expansive.
The breadth of these topics allows all involved to communicate lucidly, with anecdotes and adventures to bare throughout. Dana himself is heralded by an endless troupe of stories, seemingly having experiences for any subject, each one as hilarious and elucidating as the last.
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He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Sue Naegle, President of HBO Entertainment, and their three children.Each of his daughters was adopted from China.
- “Funhouse (Stand Up! Records)”
- “Let Me Put My Thoughts In You (Shout! Factory)”
- “Homer the Moe”
- “Poppa’s Got a Brand New Badge”
- “C.E. D’oh”
- “The President Wore Pearls”
- “Pranksta Rap”
- “Goo Goo Gai Pan” (under the name Lawrence Talbot)
- “Bart Has Two Mommies”
- “I Don’t Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”
- “Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson”
- “Brian Writes a Bestseller”
The Simpsons episodes
“Homer the Moe”
“Poppa’s Got a Brand New Badge”
“The President Wore Pearls”
“Goo Goo Gai Pan” (under the name Lawrence Talbot)
“Bart Has Two Mommies”
“I Don’t Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”
“Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson”