Comedian Dana Gould takes a look at our world... through his eyes... for your benefit. Joined by fellow comedians and other interesting people with a focus on the weird and the real. Conversation. Music. Monologues. With Ken Daly, Andy Paley and more.
A Hot Summer Plight
Bobcat Goldthwait is with us. Bob is one of my best friends, and we’ve got a movie coming out together in the fall that we made called Joy Ride that we’re going to tell you a little about, as well as some other interesting stories from our past, and our present. Some stuff about Bob’s friendship with Robin Williams, and his return to stand up.
Angelenos Mon Amor
We have two fantastic guests. Karie Bible came to Los Angeles by way of Texas, fell in love with LA and its history, and submerged herself in that history by way of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where she has been giving tours for lo about 20 years now. She has amazing stories of both the living and the dead, and we are super happy to have her today.
And Alison Martino, a famed Los Angeles historian, she of the the L.A. Conservancy, the Vintage LA Facebook group and Vintage LA on Insta.
Our guest is Wayne Federman, a very funny comedian and actor and now author. He has written a book called The History Of Stand Up: From Mark Twain To Dave Chapelle. Last year we had Kliph Nesteroph on to talk about his book The Comedians. This functions as a beautiful companion piece. Where Kliph’s book dwells into the lives of the comedians he discusses in the book, Wayne gives you history of the evolution of stand up as an art form -- the different ways it grew, changed, developed and evolved.
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.
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, 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.
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."
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My Very Favorite Podcast!
Just hands down the most entertaining, enjoyable, well-produced, gluten-free comedy podcast out there!
I look forward to every episode drop. Dana can be a little sporadic about getting the show out, but given the joy his sensibilities provide, I couldn’t care less.
This is the podcast I keep and listen to a few times until the next delightful offering arrives. Love the long format. Love Dana’s geek/nerd, sci-fi, culture, film, crime, dark-shadow tastes!
Thanks to Adam Carolla for turning me on to Dana (via his memorable Huell Howser impressions). (I am also a fan of Greg Fitzsimmons, Greg Proops, Joe Rogan,
I second all the positive reviews below, this is a great podcast. I listen to every one from end to end. To earn that 5th star back, he’d have to return to the previous longer format, and to let his guests complete their sentences and thoughts every now and then. Dana is incapable of not making the interviews about himself. And that’s fine, he’s a terrific talent. But that “I want to be in the cool club, please validate me” gene can get in the way of some interesting guest dialogue. On a related note, I think his Hangin’ With Dr. Z series is rock solid.