April 12, 2012
COMEDY Though many graduates so-called "alternative comedy" scene of the '90s went on to greater fame (such as Patton Oswalt, Janeane Garafalo and Marc Maron), there were few comics faster or funnier on the draw than Dana Gould. A former writer for "The Simpsons" as well as host of his own podcast, Gould is still one of the sharpest and more twisted minds working today. The Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $20. hollywood.improv.com
March 5, 2012 |
Beth Lapides didn't even know she was looking to bring back her legendary Un-Cabaret comedy show until she saw the hidden backroom at the restaurant First and Hope, with its Art Deco styling and speak-easy feel. The swanky location inspired Lapides to resurrect the Un-Cabaret that she and co-producer Greg Miller had created in the early '90s and which had fueled a new generation of alternative comedy around Los Angeles. In response to the hacky acts she found at mainstream venues back then, she wanted a show that was "un-homophobic, un-xenophobic, un-misogynistic," she recalls.
May 13, 2010
Cartoonist Daniel Clowes, creator of "Ghost World" and "Art School Confidential," will present his new graphic novel, "Wilson," with a slide show. Comedian Dana Gould will act as the Q&A guest moderator, and Clowes will sign copies of the new book. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Free. (323) 660-1175. http://www.skylightbooks.com.
September 29, 1998 |
Orange County hasn't always connected with Dana Gould's special lunacy. There was, for instance, his gig a few years ago at the Brea Improv that left many in the crowd wondering whether they should laugh or give him a group hug. It was quite a show. Gould served a feast of burnt offerings about his dysfunctional family in an often brilliant performance that left the audience fidgety, clearly uneasy with his revealing humor.
March 19, 1992 |
Comedian Dana Gould had just taped an HBO special in Miami Beach and was staying in Florida an extra day before heading home to Los Angeles. But, as he said by phone last week, "I'm kicking and screaming the entire time, forcing myself to enjoy myself." That's typical for a guy who says in his act: "When you think about it, life is just a long corridor with death waiting at the end. No wonder my grandfather walks so slow."
June 7, 1991 |
Dana Gould first fretted, then got a little cranky when the audience at the Brea Improv Tuesday night seemed unsure about his material. Gould, who looks like fellow comic Rich Hall by way of playwright-actor Wallace Shawn, shook his head and muttered, "All these jokes are really for me," reminding everybody that at least he was trying to enjoy himself. A few beats later, he was stomping between tables, yelling with mock anger, "I'm trying to give, and YOU GIVE BACK!" A few laughs.