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Dana Gould
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Gould in 2018
Born (1964-08-24) August 24, 1964 (age 59)
Hopedale, Massachusetts, U.S.
  • Stand-up
  • television
Sue Naegle
(m. 2000; div. 2015)
Kat Gould
(m. 2022)
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Dana Gould (/ˈɡld/; born August 24, 1964) is an American stand-up comic, actor, writer and voice artist who has been featured on HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central. He voiced Hi Larious in the TV series Father of the Pride (2004–2005) and the titular character in the Gex franchise.

Early life

Gould was born in Hopedale, Massachusetts on August 24, 1964, the fifth of six children. He was raised Roman Catholic, and served as an altar boy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester.


Dana Gould in 2012
Gould in 2012

Gould began performing comedy onstage at age 17. After high school, he studied communications and theatre at Framingham State College, but after a year moved to San Francisco to pursue a career in comedy. It was there he, along with fellow comedian Alex Reid, founded the San Francisco Comedy Condo in 1986.

Gould wrote and performed on The Ben Stiller Show; one such sketch features Gould as Otto, Cupid's twisted brother, whose arrows convince a young man to fall madly in love with an elderly woman. Another series of sketches features a heavily disguised Gould as Wilford Brimley advertising "Grady's Oats" (a parody of Brimley's Quaker Oats advertisements). He also appeared in an episode of MADtv as Newt Gingrich and on one episode of Seinfeld ("The Junk Mail") as "Fragile" Frankie Merman, Jerry's childhood friend. He co-created and was executive producer on Super Adventure Team. In addition, Gould's stand up material was featured in Comedy Central's animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties.

In 1998, Gould appeared in the episode "Supermarket Story" of The King of Queens.

Gould wrote for The Simpsons for seven years (2001–2007), and served as co-executive producer on seasons 14 through 18 (2002–2007). During his time with the show, Gould provided voice work on three episodes, including a 2005 episode on which he provided the voice of Don Knotts as Barney Fife – an impression that originated in his stand-up routine. Though Gould left the show to focus on his own screenwriting, he has returned three times to voice characters.

Gould had a featured cameo in Girls Will Be Girls, in which he played a hit-and-run victim. He was also featured in The Aristocrats, where, among other commentary, he presents an Amish version of the eponymous joke. His short films, Last Man On Earth, Break On Through With J.F.K., A Night On Java Island, and Soul Mates are also available for download on his site. Except for the latter, all feature Gould in acting roles. 2009 saw the release of his new stand up special, "Let Me Put My Thoughts In You" on Shout! Factory.

Gould provided the voice for the title character in the U.S. versions of the Gex video game series and the U.K. version of the first game. Gould, with his frequent writing partner Rob Cohen, wrote the majority of the jokes for the games. Gould also voiced Hi Larious in Father of the Pride.

He was a regular contributor to the Adam Carolla radio show where he did impressions of Huell Howser. He appears occasionally on The Adam Carolla Show podcast. The first episode of Gould's own podcast The Dana Gould Hour was made available on iTunes on January 31, 2012. Recurring guests include comedians like Eddie Pepitone, and each episode revolves around a singular theme. Currently, a new episode of The Dana Gould Hour is released about every two months.

In 2010, he appeared in live action on the Family Guy episode "Brian Writes a Bestseller."

In 2013, Gould appeared with Melinda Hill and Scott Shriner in an episode of the web series Romantic Encounters. He also frequently performs live shows with comedian Arden Myrin as "The Tinkle Twins."

In 2016, Gould created the IFC comedy horror series Stan Against Evil, featuring the talent of John C. McGinley, Janet Varney, and Nate Mooney. Gould also appears as the character Kevin, a quirky gravedigger and love interest of Stan's daughter Denise.

Personal life

Gould currently lives in Los Angeles. In 2000 he married Sue Naegle, former President of HBO Entertainment. The couple separated in 2014 and divorced in 2015. They have three daughters. Gould remarried in 2022 to Kat Aagesen, a writer and co-editor of Malt.


  • Funhouse (Stand Up! Records) [Record / CD: 1998]
  • Let Me Put My Thoughts In You (Shout! Factory) [DVD / CD: 2009; Record 2014]
  • I Know It's Wrong (New Wave Dynamics) [CD: 2013]
  • Mr. Funny Man (Kill Rock Stars) [MP3: 2017]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Ben Stiller Show Various characters Recurring role
1993 Doug Various voices Recurring role
1996 The Nanny Josh Bassin Episode: "The Taxman Cometh"
1996 Roseanne Chip Episode: "Hoi Polloi Meets Hoiti Toiti"
1996 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Monty Episode: "A Girl and Her Cat"
1996 Ellen Mike 2 episodes
1997 Seinfeld Frankie Merman Episode: "The Junk Mail"
1997 The Love Bug Rupert TV film
1997 Working Jimmy Clarke Main role
1998 Super Adventure Team Chief Engineer Head (voice) Main role
1998 The King of Queens The Guy Episode: "Supermarket Guy"
1999 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Himself (voice) Episode: "Snow Day"
2000 Clerks Various voices 2 episodes
2002, 2005, 2007
2012, 2016, 2020
The Simpsons Various voices 6 episodes
2004 Father of the Pride Hi Larious (voice) Episode: "Rehabilitation"
2010 True Jackson, VP N/A Episode: "Tru Disaster"
2010 Family Guy Himself (live-action sequence) Episode: "Brian Writes a Bestseller"
2011 Parks and Recreation Guy Who Asks for Mort (uncredited) Episode: "The Bubble"
2012 The High Bar Himself Episode: "Dana Gould on Rage"
2013 Maron Himself 1 episode
2013 Anger Management Todd 1 episode
2013 Wendell and Vinnie School Principal Episode: "Big Dogs & Bicycles"
2013 Wendell and Vinnie Mr. Middleton Episode: "First Dances & Last Chances"
2013 Mob City Tug Purcell Recurring role
2016 Mighty Magiswords Norman (voice) Recurring role
2016 Stan Against Evil Kevin Recurring role
2019 Creepshow Henry Quayle Episode: "Skincrawlers"


Year Title Role
1996 My Fellow Americans Sandwich Guy at Book Convention
1999 Mystery Men Squeegee Man
2003 Girls Will Be Girls Jeff
2003 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd Mr. Moffitt
2015 Tales of Halloween Boris ("This Means War" segment)
2015 Southbound Raymond Kensington
2015 Being Canadian Himself
2017 The Problem with Apu Himself

Video games

Year Title Role
1995 Gex Gex
1998 Gex: Enter the Gecko Gex
1999 Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko Gex


Year Title Role
2023 Gex Trilogy - Official LRG3 Reveal Trailer Gex (voice)

Crew work

  • Creepshow - Writer ("Night of the Living Late Show")
  • Gex - Writer
  • Gex: Enter the Gecko - Writer
  • Parks and Recreation - Consulting Producer
  • Stan Against Evil - Creator, Executive Producer, Writer
  • Super Adventure Team - Creator, Writer
  • The Simpsons - Writer ("Homer the Moe", "Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge", "C.E. D'oh", "The President Wore Pearls", "Goo Goo Gai Pan", "Bart Has Two Mommies", "I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), Producer (2001), Supervising Producer (2001-2002), Co-Executive Producer (2002-2007)

See also

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