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The Dana Gould Hour
120 minutes | 14 days ago
We have two guests, sort of an old school double shot, our old buddy Kliph Nesteroff is here to talk about his new book, We had A Little Real Estate Problem: The Unheralded Story Of Native Americans & Comedy. It's an incredible true story and must read for comedy fans. We also have one of the people Kliph writes about in the book, Bobby Wilson, who is a comedian and writer and performer in the group The 1491s. We also have True Tales From Weirdsville and all sorts of delights and surprises. https://DanaGould.com
75 minutes | a month ago
Hooray For North Hollywood!
My guest today is a very good friend of mine, and I’m proud to say that. She is a crazily talented woman, I have been a fan since before I started in the business, one of the original Not Ready For Prime Time Players, Laraine Newman is here. Laraine has a new book out on Audible, called May You Live In Interesting Times. It is a memoir of not only her time on Saturday Night Live but her childhood growing up in LA in the 1960’s and her time after SNL. Struggling with her career, her identity, addiction, Laraine has met EVERYONE and recounts it all in her excellent and fascinating new book, May You Live In Interesting Times on Audible. Check it out and thank me later. https://DanaGould.com
69 minutes | 3 months ago
Happy February! We're in a month and half into 2021 and already I feel better. Vaccines are pouring forth like sap from a tree in winter and Trump escaped trying to get his own Vice President murdered. But as the wise man once said, pobody's nerfect! To that end, I have summoned The Smartest Man In The World, Greg Proops to the show. Greg is a terrible terribly funny man and host of the eponymous podcast, The Smartest Man In The World. And together, we will try to make some sense of, as I like to say, "the modern scene."
77 minutes | 3 months ago
My guest today is the very funny Amy Miller. In addition to being a hilarious comedian, Amy has an excellent podcast called Who’s Your God? In which people, many from comedy, discuss their religious beliefs or the lack thereof.
133 minutes | 4 months ago
Quaran-Tidings To You
Hello and Happy Holidays! I’ve got great news! 2020 is almost finished and we are going out in style. But really any exit would be enough, wouldn’t it? We have two incredible guests today, again, an old school episode to end the year. Anne Serling is with us. Anne is the daughter of none other than Rod Serling, he the creator of The Twilight Zone, The Night Gallery, screenwriter of requiem For A Heavyweight, Seven Days In May and that ape movie we’ve mentioned. She has two books out now for your holiday reading pleasure. The first is As I Knew Him, a very sweet and insightful story of growing up in the Serling household. It gives great insight to Rod and growing up in late '60s Southern California with a famous father who also happened to be a nice guy and a decent human being. I know! Hard to believe. The other book is Night Gallery The Art Of Darkness which comes out next month, it is a large format coffee table book with beautiful full color illustrations with those famous paintings from the Night Gallery with essays about each episode. The book was curated by Scott Skelton and Jim Benson. Anne wrote the forward along with Guillermo Del Toro. My other guest is the very talented and very funny, Grey De Lisle. Grey has been a pal of mine for too long than either one of us cares to discuss. You might not recognize her face, but you’ve heard her voice. In addition to being a very talented singer and comedian, Grey is one of he most successful voice over actresses in show business. She’s Daphne on Scooby Doo, she’s Catwoman, she’s on The Simpsons. Grey’s going to tell is about her storied career, nay marriages and stuff I’m too bashful to mention. All here for your listening pleasure. And now… it’s on… to our filthy business. https://DanaGould.com
84 minutes | 5 months ago
Hail The Non-Monsters
A post-election but not-too-political wrap up with John Hodgman (Judge John Hodgman, Medallion Status). A True Tales deep dive into Roswell, NM. When conspiracies were fun!
161 minutes | 6 months ago
Carnival Of Halloweenery
Trick or treat! It’s that time of year everybody, and everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit. Everyone’s in a mask and the world itself is dressed up as it’s favorite scene from Contagion. But we will proceed, undaunted! We have an excellent episode in store for you. Rob Zabrecky is here! You may know Rob from his previous role as the lead singer for Possum Dixon but he has since gone on to create Zabrecky, a magician of note and renown. We also have Laurent Bouzerau. Laurent has directed, among other things, the excellent Natalie Wood documentary What Remains Behind currently on Netflix, The Richard Zanuck doc “Don’t Say No Until I Finish” and many others. He has just finished work archiving and curating, The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection, the brand new 4K Ultra HD combo pack which includes the UNCUT version of Psycho as well as restored prints of The Birds, Rear Window, and Vertigo.
103 minutes | 7 months ago
Comedian April Richardson talks about bugging out of America and moving to England. Also, mods, rockers and moral panics. https://DanaGould.com
90 minutes | 8 months ago
MME Champion Josh Barnett talks about how he got started (it's not what you think) and the benefits of Roger Moore's James Bond! Also, WINCH! The craziest showbiz memoir in existence. If you thought ventriloquists had a dark side, you don't know the half of it. DanaGould.com
95 minutes | 9 months ago
Howdy! It's summertime! And you can tell, because we're all sitting around doing exactly what we did in the spring. But yes, our thoughts are starting to collectively turn to what we will do in the fall. And our prayers are that it won't be more of the same, but our sneaking suspicions are that it might be. And so that brings us up to date on our thoughts, prayers and sneaking suspicions. But we do have a great show for you today. Formerly known as TV's Frank and Prof. Clayton Forrester, as well as the voice of Crow, now known as The Mads, Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu. Thanks to Zoom, the new way we communicate, and hats off to all those people in Congress who were smart enough to invest in it just prior to the world knowing why we'd be needing it, we caught up with Frank in New York City and Trace in the wilds of the Minnesota woods. We also have a True Tales from Weirdsville that starts with the mask debate and ends up in the movie Halloween II, so enjoy that. All that, and so much more, for your pandemic listening. And so, with that, it's on to out filthy business. https://DanaGould.com
115 minutes | 10 months ago
Cruel, Cruel Summer
It's a cruel, cruel summer as Banarama sang. Or as we called them, the banana rammers. Thank you! Winston Churchill once said, "You can always count on America to do the right thing after its exhausted every other option," and we are certainly taking that approach with the pandemic. And so, we continue to struggle through this mess. And who better to guide us through than The Bitter Buddha himself, Eddie Pepitone. Eddie has his own daily podcast called Live From The Bunker and a new special called For The Masses, which is outstanding. I know, I was at the taping. Of course, it was filmed back when you could do that sort of thing. Although we are not going back to the old set up of the show we do have a second interview this episode. Chris Condon has an excellent graphic novel that just got released called That Texas Blood and talked to Chris about that. So as I say, it's a cruel summer. But on we go. Hakuna Matada, all that. As Elvis Costello sang in one of my favorite songs, Tokyo Storm Warning, "We're only living this instant." And so it's on…. to our filthy business. https://DanaGould.com
80 minutes | 10 months ago
Well, things have certainly been eventful, haven’t they? The events of the past several weeks have been I think it’s safe to say somewhat historic. And important. Not exactly sure where comedy podcasts fit in, but we’ll muddle through as best we can. This was really a perfect storm. With the effects of the lockdown, the proliferation of cell phone videos pulling the veil back on systemic police brutality, then the one two three of Breonna Taylor, Aubrey Adams and George Floyd, now you have a real tinderbox and with a pyromaniac in the White House, the results are sadly predictable. And in this country, sadly unavoidable. Now, my guest is a good friend of the show and the co-host of one of my favorite podcasts Hacks On Tap, which is a weekly political round up that he co hosts with David Axelrod. Mike is a political strategist, a Republican never Trumper and an all-around great guy. This interview was recorded before the spate of riots and social unrest so that topic is not broached, but we do cover the pandemic, and the election. What I love about Mike’s analysis is that he has a baseball coach’s approach to elections because he used to run campaigns. He gets right down into the nuts and bolts of what you need to do to win. Because if you don’t win, you don’t get to do what you want. And that’s the truth, Ruth. https://DanaGould.com
80 minutes | a year ago
We’re back! So soon? Why not? The rules are out the window! What the hey? I was on the phone with my good friend Danny Bland, punk rocker, poet, rock star tour manager… Danny is the author of I Apologize In Advance For The Awful Things I’m Gonna Do, In Case I Die and the just released, We Shouldn’t Be Doing This. All of these titles are available… at Amazon.com. Danny and I were on the phone and he was telling me a hilarious story about having to criss-cross the country just as the nation was sliding into lockdown. I stopped him about halfway through the call and said, wait I should be recording this, and I did, and here it is. Speaking of lockdown, since we’re all stuck in the house I thought we’d take a True Tales From Weirdsville look at agoraphobia, and some of its famous, and not so famous sufferers. All of that and more, available right here, so sit back, relax, and let’s get on… with our filthy business. https://DanaGould.com
74 minutes | a year ago
X Marks Their Spot
There have been, so far, only two positives from this pandemic that I can see. One, Zoom technology has finally lead to the long delayed question, “Wait, all this time I could have been doing your podcast from my house???” Turns out yes! I don’t see that going to the how we did it, “In The Before Times” anytime soon. The second cool thing has been the release of ALPHABETLAND by X. John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake formed X in the heyday of the late '70’s LA punk scene. Their first album, Los Angeles, was released in 1980, and they quickly made an indelible mark on American music. I love ‘em and I always have. Now I had heard, being a fan and all, that they were recording some stuff, and I naturally assumed it was a one-off for a soundtrack or somesuch. But them, on the 40th anniversary of the release of Los Angeles, Bandcamp announced that the album ALPHABETLAND was available for immediate download. The huh the whaaaaa? So I bought it, sat down to listen. And I knew it would be good. But, you know, it’s their first album in 27 years. I was prepared to grade on a curve. No need. It. Blew. My. Socks off. From the first cut to the last, it is a 27 minute punk rock fist to the solar plexus. tt starts out great, it never lets up and it ends with a flourish. Now many of you may recall that last year Mr. Doe and our mutual friend Tom De Savia were kind enough to invite me to moderate the panel for the book More Fun In The New World, which is the second installment of their two part oral history of LA Punk, the forst being Under The Big Black Sun, both available where fine books are sold. Tom was kind enough to make a call and I am very happy to say we have John Doe and DJ Bonebrake on the podcast today to talk about the album. So let’s get right to it. https://DanaGould.com
89 minutes | a year ago
Makin’ It Legal
Welcome to April! I hope this finds you happy and healthy and safe and well. And home! We are all fine here high atop the Mulholland Drive view shelf. We are home and doing what we are supposed to are doing (which is not much) and I hope you are doing the same. My guest is Roger Nygard, an incredibly talented director and writer best known for the hit documentary Trekkies. He also made a brilliant film called The Nature Of Existence and his new documentary is called The Truth About Marriage. It’s incredibly entertaining and genuinely informative (and I say that as someone who was married). Speaking of marriage, we have a True Tales deep dive into the very same subject, as well as a look inside one of the most f’d romantic comedies ever – The Graduate. Now, this episode was recorded BEFORE the explosion of the coronavirus, so it doesn’t hang heavy over the conversation. Hopefully that will seem more refreshing than bizarre. Regardless, let’s now get on with our filthy business….
92 minutes | a year ago
The Chinese have a curse. May you live in interesting times. Interesting times indeed. The first Dana Gould Hour of the social distancing era gets off to a germ-free start with the hilarious Matt Braunger. Matt has a new album out called Please Hold Me! And you can buy it online from the safety of your own home. Also, True Tales From Weirdsville takes on… DISEASE! How it started, how we get it, transfer it, how it has shaped our history and how we beat it, as well as a great disease thriller movie recommendation. And now, it’s on to out very clean and responsible, germ-free business. https://DanaGould.com
82 minutes | a year ago
Kang and Kogen?
We're back! My guest today is Jay Kogen. Now that name is probably mostly familiar to you if you have been a fan of The Simpsons since day one, as he has been there that long. Jay, with his then writing partner Wally Walodarsky, were among the orginal writers who created and formed the show as we know it today. Jay created Duff Beer, Kang & Kodos and so much more. He was also a writer on Frasier for which he won and Emmy and Jay created, with me, one of my first pilots, the late lamented World On A String, which got made, did not go to series, but did inadvertently lead to me joining The Simpsons myself. Jay is also a second-generation comedy writer. His dad Arnie was a writer for the Tonight Show, The Carol Burnett Show and Mad Magazine. Jay grew up in that world. Tons of amazing stories, On True tales from Weirdsville this episode we have the strange, ugly and oh so prescient story of Confidential Magazine. Anyone who's ever read a James Ellroy novel will know Confidential as off the record, on the QT and very hush hush.
82 minutes | a year ago
Who Is Comic Book Girl 19?
My guest, well, she gained online notoriety as Comic Book Girl 19, and is now rebranding herself simply as Danika. But she is one of those people who is smart, funny and interesting. And her job is being online. We met her at a Halloween party. Uh, my girlfriend and I were dressed as Taylor and Nova from planet of the apes. And we're sitting there judging everyone. And this kindly old nun approached us, and mentioned a mutual friend. And after talking to her for only a few minutes, we invited her on the podcast. The artist formerly known as Comic Book Girl 19, for your listening pleasure. For me. I'll be on tour with Bobcat Goldthwait this month. February 6th we will be in Atlanta once again, trying to show that almost killed us this time. So please come on out. For details on these and other exciting opportunities, go to DanaGould.com/events.
145 minutes | a year ago
Happy Holiday! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanza, Stellar Snowman Independence Day, Spooky Snow Halloween! Whatever it takes! We have a wonderful show to send you off into the holidays and then we’ll see you again in the New Year with a couple surprises. Mehopes you like them. Two great guests today, Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago is here. The Pixies have been one of my favorite bands since I first started seeing them when we were both starting out back in Boston. And I’m incredibly happy to have Joey on the show. They have a new album out called Beneath The Eeire. It’s great. I own it. You should too. Also, Los Angeles historian Alison Martino is here. Alison was a producer on Hollywood Mysteries and Scandals and runs the Vintage Los Angeles Facebook and Instagram accounts. She grew up in Los Angeles. Her dad was the singer Al Martino who played Johnny Fontaine in The Godfather, so she has seen it all from a first hand perspective. I have some great shows coming up in the new year, including a staged reading of Plan 9 at Sketchfest in San Francisco. Go to https://www.DanaGould.com/events for information and ticket links. And now! It’s on…. to our filthy business! https://DanaGould.com
236 minutes | 2 years ago
Jack O’ Weenery
It is indeed Halloween, the most wonderful time of the year. And as always, it's the time that we bring you the episode of the podcast that we hope, we try, will stand head and shoulders above the rest. And THIS episode is no exception. Joining us are Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. They're the writers of Ed Wood, as well as Man On The Moon, The People vs. Larry Flynt, The People vs. OJ Simpson, Auto Focus and the soon-to-be streaming and currently in theaters Eddie Murphy tour de force, Dolemite Is My Name. Dr. Herbert West himself, Re-Animator’s Jeffrey Combs is with us as well. He’ll be talking about Re-Animator, his time in the Star Trek universe as well as his amazing one-man show about Edgar Allen Poe. And the host of Monster Party, Matt Weinhold is onboard. He’ll be joined by writer / director and friend of the podcast Mike Mendez to discuss the year in horror movies and, as usual, so much much more. If you live in the L.A. area, October 29th at Largo, it’s our annual Halloween tradition, Plan 9 From Outer Space LIVE. Starring Dana, Bobcat Goldthwait, Janet Varney, Matt Braunger, Tom Kenney, Jonah Ray, Laraine Newman, Paul F. Tompkins, Steven Webber, G. Charles Wright, Ron Lynch, David Koechner and Jackie Harris-Greenberg with live music by the inimitable Eban Schletter. It's one night only. October 29th in Los Angeles. For ticket links and information for this and many other live shows, please go to DanaGould.com/events. You will also see a link to our Patreon page, https://www.patreon.com/danagould. Last month, Patreon fans got access to a complete interview with soft-skinned, almond-eyed podcast ingénue Eddie Pepitone. Just for Patreoners. This month you can enjoy Dana's Halloween Mixes! What’s that, you say? Several years ago Dana put together three CDs of vintagey weird old Halloween music. Stuff, like Black Cat by Tommy Collins or Skeleton In The Closet by Louis Armstrong. Well, this month, our Patreon followers have access to all of those files and more! It’s five bucks a month. You get a little something extra. Five bucks. Be a part of it. But in the meantime… The kids are at the door. Let’s get at it.
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