109 episodes

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.

The Dana Gould Hour Dana Gould

    • Comedy
    • 4.8 • 1.8K Ratings

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.

    Viva La ’66!

    Viva La ’66!

    Hello! It’s hot, hot, hot. It’s the dog days of August, which means that here in Southern California there’s only three months left of summer. But we have a great show today. Now, I have spoken frequently of my affection for ME-TV. For me, it’s television comfort food. Star Trek, Voyage To the Bottom Of the Sea. Perry Mason. Now, these were not the shows on in prime time when I was a kid. But they were the re-runs that were on when I was a kid. They were the shows on in syndication, five days a week, in Boston on good ol’ Channel 56 or Channel 38. So these were the shows that I grew up watching every day after school. I’m sure that’s true for many of you as well.
    Well, as it turns out, most, not all, but most of these shows all came from the same TV season. Star Trek, Batman, The Monkees, Lost In Space… The network television season that began in the fall of 1966 was the first all-color television season in American. It was really the dawn of modern television and, of course, all the stuff we see today was already going on back then. And there’s a new book about it called PrimeTime ’66 – 67 by Tom Shubilla and here’s here. And THEN, one of the giants of that era of television was Irwin Allen. Allen gave us Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, Lost In Space, Land Of The Giants, The Time Tunnel and then turned around gave us The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno. A true giant of 60’s TV and 70’s film, and my good friend Bond, Jeff Bond has a new, massive book, It’s not even a book, it’s a tome, called The Fantasy Worlds Of Irwin Allen and he’s here to talk about THAT.
    True Tales From Weirdsville is taking a deep dive into the mind of Bob Rafelson who not only created that gem of the 1966 TV season The Monkees, but also made the Monkees movie, HEAD, which is really about what a jerk you were if you liked the Monkees. Starring The Monkees. And then he made Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces. You know, just ‘cause. And episode image by the great Drew Friedman, by the way!

    • 2 hr 37 min


    Well, things are great here, at The Dana Gould Hour podcast. We have two terroifoic guests today. Paul Myers, the author of among many books, A Wizard, A True Star Tod Rungren In The Studio, And The Kids In The Hall: One Dumb Guy is here to talk about the documentary he produced Kids In The Hall Comedy Punks as well as his podcast Record Store Day. Speaking of Kids In The Hall, if you haven’t seen the new season on Amazon Prime you are missing out my friend.
    We also have the lovely and talented Greg Proops who is here to discuss not only his new album In The City, also available on Amazon Prime, but also his tour with Whose Line Is It Anyway and a little discussion of the state of the state of comedy which is, you know, great!
    We have Two True Tales From Weirdsvilles this month. The first is a look at one of my favorite things, The Law Of Unintended Consequences. You know, let’s say you pass a big law, or, say overturn a right people have had for fifty years… You think you know how it’s going to pan out. All neat and tidy. But you know what? Even under the best of circumstances, there’s the law of unintended consequences. Things are not going to turn out exactly the way you want. As the old saying goes, all the best laid plans of mice and men. Will take a look at classic example of The Law Of Unintended Consequences, one that I have some personal knowledge of.
    And a bonus True Tales, more in keeping with the tone of the show, about the Kung Fu craze of the mid 70’s. Bruce Lee, Kung Fu, Billy Jack, the whole shebang.

    • 2 hr 34 min
    Legitimate Businessman

    Legitimate Businessman

    Hello! And welcome to the end of spring start of summer edition of the Dana Gould Hour Podcast. Two very dear pals are joining me today, Alison Rosen, of the podcast Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend is here to talk about her new venture Upworthy Weekly, her podcast Childish with Greg Fitzsimmons and so much more.
    And TV’s Frank himself, from Mystery Science Theater and The Mads, Frank Conniff is here to talk about lockdown in New York, having a Goddamn quadruple bypass and his new book, Billy Gillis, Seven Year-Old Screenwriter and our hundred year friendship.
    True Tales From Weirdsville takes a deep dive into the world of Mickey Cohen. In his day, Mickey was one of the most fanous people in LA but he wasn’t a movie star. He was gangster. A gangster who, at one point, as you will hear, in a court of law, mind you, brought the LAPD to its knees.

    • 2 hr 11 min
    Stunty Dudes

    Stunty Dudes

    Greetings and welcome! Spring has sprung and the sun shines bright high atop the Mulholland Drive view shelf where at the birds sing, the squirrels scampers and every day that one crow just glares at me. We have a terrific show for you, Scott McGee is here to talk about his new book, Danger On The Big Screen, which is a history of stunt work. A lot of people think it’s a dangerous job where, in the old days, people were frequently killed. They’re right! And then we talk to… a stunt man! Bob Fisher, a professional stunt man who worked on The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, Stan Against Evil and a host of other shows is here to talk about flipping cars, getting thrown 20 feet in the air, etc etc.
    True Tales From Weirdsville does a deep dive into the time Monty Python's Terry Gilliam got into a fight with Universal Studios over his film Brazil. It got very personal and very public very quickly. And how it all got resolved… well. It oughta be a movie!

    • 2 hr 16 min


    We have a wonderful show in store for ya. My very good friend Susan Arosteguy is here. Susan is one of the producers of the Criterion Collection and she is here to take us behind the scenes a bit at the Criterion Collection as well as talk about some of the special editions she is working on.
    I don’t know if you are a collector of Blu Rays; or subscribe to The Criterion Channel (which I highly recommend) but Criterion continues to curate an amazing library of rare and also classic films. And a movie doesn’t have to be 100 years old to be a classic, as evidenced by Susan’s filmography there. Criterion has also saved a lot of movies from oblivion and helped get them in fornt of new audiences. Truly the Lord’s work, assuming the Lord is a movie nerd.
    If you’re a fan of Hanging with Dr. Z, Rusty Steel and Claudine are here! Or as they are known in real life, Paul Greenberg and his beautiful wife Jackie Harris Greenberg. They are here to talk about not only Hanging With Dr. Z but their wide-ranging careers and brushes with show biz greatness, I kid you not.
    Lastly, True Tales From Weirdsville takes a deep dive into the little movie that could, but then, really, kinda didn’t -- Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

    • 2 hr 27 min


    We have a wonderful show today with comedian Matt Braunger, one of the funniest people I know. Goddamn, Matt makes me laugh. Solid citizen, monster nerd, husband, father, professional comedian, actor. Good Lord, he does it all. Then why isn’t he happy?? We’ll find out.
    No, I’m kidding. He’s very happy. in fact he has a podcast that can help you if you have a problem, called This Might Help, and you’ll heart all about that shortly.
    Also, Katharine Coldiron is with us again. Katharine is a film critic and cinema scholar who wrote the monograph about plan 9 From Outer Space that we discussed in the Halloween episode. Today we talk about Nightmare Alley, Freaks, Vampire Circus, and all kinds of films set in creepy carnivals and the like.
    I discovered an amazing new podcast recently by Adam Roche called the Secret History Of Hollywood, this has joined Karina Longworth’s You Must Remember This podcast in my automobile listening. Through these two podcasts, my weird show biz knowledge has increased tenfold, and today, based on stuff I heard there and some research I did with my own self, True Tales From Weirdsville is going to discuss one of the sickest galdanged romantic triangles in history. The story of David O. Selznick, Jennifer Jones and Robert Walker. It is.. trust me. This story is nuts.

    • 2 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

Shawawawn ,

It’s Gex, in podcast form!!

Loyal listener since year one. Great mix of comedy, history and just good old fashioned grandpa stories.

gotchaknows ,

Re: Jesus help my find my flip flops

I’ve been a Dana fan since I heard his Don Knotts lewd caller bit and I seem to remember that was in the late 80s, so I’m way biased for years now, Gouldy is an American institution. His interview technique and all the interstitial/true tales from weirdsville bits make this show what it is. The only show I listen to every single ep the day it releases. Peace out (whip whip) boom

katfoodbreath ,

Lacking in falcon content

From his pictures, I expected more information about falcons. Nothing. Merlins, peregrines, kestrels? Hello? It’s not hard.

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