Dana Gould

Dana Gould wrote for The Simpsons for seven golden years. He’s one of the few stand-up comics to have had such a long tenure, but anyone who has seen his comedy can understand why. If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Dana perform live, you can approximate the experience with Let Me Put My Thoughts in You, his debut DVD. He is also featured in I Am Comic, The Aristocrats, and Comedians of Comedy: Live at the Troubadour.

Guest Appearances

June 25, 2020

Comedian and writer Dana Gould stops by to talk with writers Mike Sweeney and Jessie Gaskell about his start in comedy voicing a video game Gecko, what it takes for comics to have a successful late night set, the time he had a panic attack onstage, writing for The Simpsons, and the horror story of his career that happened during an appearance on CONAN.

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June 2, 2019

Over 2000 years ago, Aristotle wrote that it’s “evident” the Earth is round. One generation later, Greek mathematician & geographer Eratosthenes achieved a solid ballpark estimate of the Earth’s circumference. Again, that was over 2000 years ago. So how are we now in a world where many people believe our world is flat? What if those Flat Earth People do believe in climate change, in a hilarious way? And is there any chance this is all the Internet’s fault?

On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt sits down with Dana Gould (‘The Simpsons’, ‘Stan Against Evil’, incredible stand-up comedy, so much more) for a deep dive into the world’s strangest newest conspiracy theories. They’ll look at how YouTube, social media, and bizarre message boards give us rabbit holes like never before. And they’ll examine how you can move forward in a world where all data gets bent out of shape by people helping each other do it.

Footnotes: https://www.cracked.com/podcast/the-9-strangest-newest-conspiracy-theories-thriving-online/

October 7, 2018

Television: it’s the most important art form that’s ever been shot with a gun by Elvis. And don’t let that jokey reference to a real thing (seriously — check the footNOTES) distract you from our current Golden Age Of Television. We have more shows, and more great shows, than ever before. But has the system for rewarding those shows kept pace? Do we have the right set of Emmy Awards for celebrating TV’s new best stuff? And if a panel of comedians put their mind to it, could we get a new set of awards that are the silliness America needs right now?

On this week’s episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is LIVE at UCB Sunset with an all-star panel of comedians & TV writing pros. Join Demi Adejuyigbe (The Late Late Show, The Good Place), Haley Mancini (The Powerpuff Girls), and Dana Gould (Stan Against Evil, The Simpsons) for a celebration of everything TV can be…and everything funny about TV that The Official Emmys are too staid to have a laugh about.

Footnotes: http://www.cracked.com/podcast/15-emmy-awards-we-wish-existed/

November 20, 2017

We’re visited by a troll that has been both blessed and cursed with special powers.


Arnie: Arnie Niekamp
Chunt: Adal Rifai
Usidore: Matt Young
Craig Davis: Dana Gould
Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen
Craig: Ryan DiGiorgi

Producers: Arnie NiekampEvan JacoverRyan DiGiorgi
Editor: Ryan DiGiorgi
Theme Music: Andy Poland
Magic Tavern Logo: Allard Laban
Audio Assistance: Jason Knox
Production Assistance: Garrett Schultz

October 30, 2017

Whether it’s ghosts or the afterlife or god, most humans tend to lean towards thinking something funky and unknowable is out there, even if they can’t pinpoint what it is or prove that it exists. 

With ghosts, this seems to be especially true. In some states, real estate listings must disclose if people have died at the property, you know, in case ghosts, and even the most fervent atheists will admit, “yeah there’s something weird opening doors in my house, it’s definitely a ghost.”

On this week’s episode, Alex Schmidt is joined by Dana Gould, creator of IFC’s Stan Against Evil for a wide-ranging conversation about why humanity is obsessed with the supernatural and some of the scientific reasons our bodies trick us into believing that ghosts are real. 

Footnotes: https://goo.gl/vfMFwp

May 15, 2017

Dana Gould is one of comedy’s “that guys.” His footprint is everywhere — from writing on top-line hits like The Simpsons to cult-status titles The Ben Stiller Show — and there’s a chance you’ve never heard of him. If you’re like Dana and you’ve spent the last quarter century hopping from great writers room to great writers room, while still managing to be a stand-up, a podcast host, and the voice of an animated gecko (not that one), you gain insights into life, entertainment and politics that a lot of us aren’t privy to.

So on this week’s podcast, Jack O’Brien, Daniel O’Brien and Michael Swaim sit down with Dana for an extended conversation about the world-building processes behind The Simpsons and Parks & Rec, Elvis Costello’s worst night ever, and the cognitive dissonance of the average Trump supporter. We also ask him about Gex.


Podcast: Cracked Podcast: Insane Simpsons Easter Eggs (Explained By Simpsons Writers): https://goo.gl/zhfWQb

Podcast: Cracked Podcast: Why Narcissism Is Our National Mental Disorder: https://goo.gl/Mnr0Wh

Podcast: The Dana Gould Hour: Episode Archive: https://goo.gl/HQ0zzl

TV: IFC: Stan Against Evil: https://goo.gl/zmDvud

Article/Podcast: Freakonomics: The Academic Origins of China’s One-Child Policy: https://goo.gl/GR02B1

Book: Peter Doggett: You Never Give Me Your Money — The Beatles After the Breakup: https://goo.gl/bXCDp2

Documentary: The Making of ‘Dr. Strangelove’: https://goo.gl/G56fqU

Article: Cracked: 12 Classic Movie Moments Made Possible By Abuse and Murder: https://goo.gl/hvav0

Article: Cracked: 5 Great Movie Scenes Made Possible By Reckless Endangerment: https://goo.gl/81V33

Check Out Jack’s May Spotify Playlist: https://goo.gl/sDnx2L

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