Rank #1: Music For Weirdos
It’s summertime and that means relaxing with the things you love and for that means music. Loud angry punk music to be specific. What can I tell you, I am who I am.
Anyway, I’m a big fan of west coast punk, specifically the bands of the late 70’s early 80’s west coast punk scene. And a year ago found this amazing book by John Doe, of X, one of my favorite bands, and Tom DeSavia, a music A&R exec. The book was called Under The Big Black Sun and it was an oral history of the first three or four years of the West Coast punk scene. I tore that book, them bought and listened to the audio version, just loved it. Lo and behold, John and Tom have continued the story with Under The Big Black Sun, taking us through the 80’s heyday of the scene. The book is fascinating and full of stuff that I did not know. Did you know that the Go-Go’s started out as a punk band, and that they were, in fact, notoriously some of the hardest partiers in the scene? It’s true.
Anyway, I was performing at a club here in LA that I love called Largo and saw that John and Tom were going to be having a book event with some of the other authors from the book. Skateboard pro Tony Hawk, Charlotte Caffey of the Go-Go's, Pleasant Gehman from the Screaming Sirens, and I asked Flanagan, who runs Largo, if the event was sold out. He asked me if I’d like to moderate it. I tried my best to act cool, and I did and we recorded it and here it’s here.
Now, one of the kids who grew up in the San Fernando valley in the early 80’s who listened to that music and went onto form his own band was Rob Zabrecky. Rob became the front man of Possum Dixon in the mid '90s and, well, to know about his life, by all forms of rationale and logic, eh should be dead. But he ain’t! And to see where he has ended up in life… He’s here as well today to talk about his new book, Strange Cures.
Anyway, this is a very special episode because all of these people are talented creative people who I look up to an admire and through this podcast have become friends and that’s really the best thing there is. https://DanaGould.com
Rank #2: Bride Of Halloweenery!
It's the most wonderful time, of the year. My favorite time of year, my favorite month, my favorite holiday and my favorite episode of the podcast. This year is no exception. I can't summon the Great Pumpkin but I can squash any fears that this episode is anything less than awesome. Get it? Pumpkin and squash, because they're vaguely similar. Okay.Big Guns! Patton Oswalt is my guest. We're gonna talk the horror movies that made us who we are. Showing them to your kids. Make them one of us. One of us. Laurie Jacobsen is here. Laurie wrote the best book I have ever read about supernatural doings in the heart of Tinseltown, Hollywood Haunted. Find out who couldn't take the hint and stuck around after they died. And actor, writer and cinema collector extraordinaire, Bob Burns. You may not know Bob by name, but he has had a documentary and two books written about him. He is one of the most fascinating people I have ever known, and if you are a fan of all things Halloween, then you, like me, will soon be looking up to Bob as the mentor that I do. A truly extraordinary guy with an extraordinary story. Also joining us is filmmaker Frank Dietz, maker of said documentary, entitled Beast Wishes.Last, but not least, on October 16th in theaters and Video On Demand, the film Tales Of Halloween. A horror anthology featuring the top tier fright filmmakers at work today, I am joined in the cast of that movie by Greg Grunberg - he's in Star Wars - Cerina Vincent, James Duval, Lisa Marie, John Savage, John Landis, Joe Dante, Adrienne Barbeau, Pat Healey, Mick Garris. I will not tell you what happens to me in the movie but I will tell you what I learned on the set. If it's five o-'clock in the morning and you have got a bucket of fake blood that's been sitting out all night, when that stuff finally comes out of the pump, it's COLD. Tales Of Halloween, I am so happy to be in that movie and on your October podcast queue. There they are. Trick or treat!
Rank #3: Candy-Colored Clown
Aaaaaaand we’re back. Spring has sprung and we’re busy as bees! But out of chaos comes order and, if not order, a podcast. This month we have our old buddy Alison Rosen, whose new book, Tropical Attire Encouraged And Other Phrases That Scare Me is available now. Comedian Blaine Capatch and raconteur and California comedy history gadfly Mike Carano are also here.
As for me? I’m back on tour later this summer after we wrap filming season three of Stan Against Evil, which is, as we speak, in the high dudgeon of pre-production. By the way I have just learned we have our own recap podcast, Pod Against Evil. Give it a listen, won’t you? http://DanaGould.com
Rank #4: Joe Frank
This is something of a different episode of the show. It's dedicated, almost in its entirety to one man, a brilliant writer and radio performer named Joe Frank. Joe Frank started his career by and large on WBAI in New York and eventually made his way to KCRW in Los Angeles, He was completely unique, incredibly inventive and is actually the reason this podcast exists.
Joe Frank sadly passed away in January of this year. He was 79. But he leaves a legacy of an amazing body of work and I cannot recommend it strongly enough. And it is all available to you, at JoeFrank.com.
During this show, I'm going to be talking to our own Eddie Pepitone, another big fan of Joe's work, and Dave Carlson, who wrote and directed the documentary Joe Frank: Somewhere Out There and you can learn everything about that at JoeFrankMovie.com.
Now, I'm not getting a dime off of any of this. I'm a fan and if you enjoy what I do, I think you'd really dig, so I'm trying to hep you cool cats to some wow new sounds.
There will be no middle piece this show, no Two Guys From Boston, though both will be back next month, in between the interviews, I will be interspersing some of my favorite monologues from Joe, it's about, .000000001 % of his work, but hopefully it will whet your appetite enough to go to JoeFrank.com and JoeFrankMovie.com to take a bigger bite.
I want to personally extend my thanks to Michal Story and Logan of my favorite and at the end of the episode, we're going to play half hour piece that I wrote that Joe produced and aired in his show In The Dark in 1993. I want to thank Farley Zeigler, Michal Story Dave Carlson and Logan at Joe Frank.com for their permission in using these pieces and for making them available.
Rank #5: Happysad!
We did it. It’s the first episode of The Dana Gould Hour podcast for 2016 and we juuuust missed January but when I tell you I had homework this month, I had homework. But everything’s getting turned in on time and hopefully, we’ll have some cool stuff to announce in the not too distant future. Lots of stuff coming up this year including my new special and album, tentatively entitled Mighty Mouth. More about that in the not-too-distant future, where, as Elvis Costello sang, everything will be free. This is kind of a special episode. I saw Star Wars and had very mixed emotions about it. Nothing to do with the movie, but my reaction to it was somewhat strange, and so I have, quite bluntly, my two closest friends in the word on to talk about it -- Ken Daly and Rob Cohen. But, since we know each other SO well I was afraid the conversation would devolve into a series of grunts and eye-rolls, we brought in a ringer, comedian Dan Telfer, who’s CD Ocean Of Panic, you can buy. Dan is a Star Wars-knowin’ motherfucker and it’s a deep dish conversation that goes to some surprising places and I think you’ll enjoy it. Also, the always hilarious and entertaining April Richardson is here (@APEY) and her partner in crime and comedy, life and love (but not really) Chris Fairbanks, (@ChrisFairbanks).And as for ME? The movie Southbound hits theaters and I believe VOD in Feb. 5th. Called "A cinematic miracle" by Roger Ebert.com, Southbound a is terrific little horror movie if you like that sort of thing, so go git it. Feb 18, 19 and 20th, 2016 I will be at The Comedy Bar in Toronto, Ontario. I will be at The Wheeler Opera House in Aspen on March 11, 2016 and Helium in Portland, Oregon, land of food trucks, on March 24, 25 and 26th, 2016. Details and ticket links on the live appearance page at http://DanaGould.com
Rank #6: Look Back In Langour
It’s a brand new edition of The Dana Gould Hour Podcast. I like to think of the show as an audio Pop Tart, you NEVER quite now when it’s going to pop up, but in the interest of some sort of regularity, and with my awareness that nature abhors a vacuum and that I, like many others, NEED a deadline now and again, we are trying, trying, trying to get the shows out on the first or second of every month. Is the world throwing up roadblocks to make that difficult? YES. The good news is, these roadblocks are sort of cool. For example, for the past year I’ve been working on a proposed television show for IFC called Stan Against Evil. It is, for lack of a better term, a cross between The X-Files and All In The Family, and I am happy to announce that it just got picked up and will be on your televisions this fall. But yeah, this fall. Gee, that’s kind of soon and we still have to do… EVERYTHING. BUT we’re going to do our best to get everything for the TV show and the podcast done on time. The good news is this, me and spare time are a terrible combination, so hopefully this will all work out for the best. In the meantime, you have amazing episode right in front of you. The estimable Greg Proops, he of the Smartest Man In The World Podcast is here and his new book, The Smartest Book In The World. You can follow him at @gregproops Also, the creator of one of my favorite podcasts – Ken Reid, he of TV Guidance Counselor fame is here. Follow him on Twitter @KennethWReid. I will say, although we look nothing alike, lucky for Ken, all of our other similarities are striking to the point of creepy, and you can actually here me getting increasingly spooked by them as the interview progresses.
Me? I will be in Philadelphia, Pa at Helium on March 3, 4 & 5th 2016 and at The Wheeler Opera House in Aspen on March 11th 2016. Then I will return to one of my favorite places in the whole wide country, Portland, Oregon to play the Helium THERE on March 24th, 25th and 26th 2016. So, lots of places to see me do my clown act. Details and ticket links on the Live Shows page, hey, while you’re there, why not become a supporter of the podcast? You can become a member if you like and we appreciate it, or just use DanaGould.com to click on our Amazon banner and shop away.But for now, sit back, relax, and enjoy!But for now, sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Rank #7: Mini-KISS & Other Delights
Sneaking into the Scientology Center! Mini-KISS, the little-person KISS tribute band! Iron Smile, the world's 1st upbeat death-metal group, Night Of The Hunter and more! With Steve Agee, Eddie Pepitone, Matt Weinhold & G.C. Wright.
Rank #8: Summer Testacular!
How my dad got his teeth kicked out and other tales of manliness! Marine bootcamp, Dirty Harry, Two Guys From Boston and an ode to The Wolfman. Rob Cohen, John Ennis, Eddie pepitone, Lou Schneider and Joel Stein.
Rank #9: Happy Hipsterdays!
Happy Holidays, to you... And thanks for taking time out of your holiday season, be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Festivus or Celebration Of The Goofer Man, to spend an hour or so with me and my guests. And what guests we have. The cast of the new Mystery Science Theater is here today, Jonah Ray, Baron Vaughn and Hampton Yount, the new Jonah Heston, Tom Servo and crow respectively, and the author of one of my favorite books to come out this year The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and The History Of American Comedy, Kliph Nesteroff.Speaking of standup comedy, if you'd like to see me, I will be ringing in the new year in Austin, Texas Dec 31, 1st and 2nd, nd returning to San Francisco for Sketchfest January 22nd, 23rd and 24th. For details on all this malarky, go to DanaGould.com.
Rank #10: Soon-Yi Or Later
Comedian Eddie Pepitone joins Dana Gould for a deep-dish discourse on shame, Woody Allen's bad dating choices & more. Also, "Manscaping Larry King", "The Story Of Sealo, The Seal Boy," "Baby Dolphins" & "Political Talk With Two Guys From Boston." With Ken Daly.
Rank #11: The Apes From The Black Lagoon
Our show this month has two in-depth interviews, one about a book, and one about a documentary, about two classic summer movies, specific to the world of special effects makeup.
The book is entitled The Lady From The Black Lagoon and was written by Mallory O’Meara. It tells the story of Millicent Patrick. Millicent worked in the Universal Studios makeup department in the early 1950s. One of the things that Millicent was responsible for was the design of none other than the Creature From The Black Lagoon.
We also have Hollywood makeup legend Thom Burman and William Conlin who are here to talk about their new documentary Making Apes. The movie tells the story of how makeup artist John Chambers, and his apprentice (Thom Burman) revolutionized special effects makeup, and did it in only a couple of months. It’s also the story of John Chambers, who, if you saw the film Argo, was the man played by John Goodman. Oh yeah, I forgot, the whole time he did this, he was also secretly working for the CIA.
Rank #12: The Ghost & Mr. Halloweenery
It's the most wonderful time of the year and we're going to get right to it. It's Halloween and we have a grab bag of tricks and treats for you so there's no reason to dilly dally. We have three, count 'em, three big guests today. The first is Ken Reid, of the excellent podcast TV GUIDANCE COUNSELOR. Ken Reid I a pop cultural encyclopedia whose knowledge base dwarfs my own, and he's hilarious and a great guy to boot. Also, Joel Hodgson of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame. Joel's here to talk about the original MST3K, the new incarnation with Jonah Ray. Joel and I have been friends for a long long time and we hike back into the comedy museum for a segment or two, I think you'll like it. And lastly, but most certainly NOT leastly, monster maker Rick Baker, who worked on Ed Wood, An American Werewolf In London and countless, countless, countless other films is here. I interviewed Rick at Cinefamily here in Los Angeles after a special screening of Ed Wood, so out conversation is presented in that context, We had just watched Ed Wood, there are some questions from the audience. It was a really great conversation. http://DanaGould.com And FINALLY, PLEASE tune in this November 2nd to IFC's new horror comedy Stan Against Evil. Starring John C McGinley of Scrubs and Janet Varney of You're The Worst, written and created by yours truly. It's scary, It's funny. If you enjoy this podcast, then it's definitely worth a look. Stan Against Evil. Premiering Wednesday, Nov. 2nd at 10 PM on IFC with a two show double shot, and with a special sneak preview of our first episode at 10 PM on Halloween night.
Rank #13: Bikini Season!
Ahhh summer. The kids are getting ready for finals, vacations are being planned, and if you're me, you’re in Atlanta making your friends hang out in a swamp as you film season three of Stan Against And Evil and suddenly remembering, "Holy Shit! The podcast!"
Well, we got it done and it’s a still a great one. Two great guests.
Shaun Cassidy was an undisputed teen idol in the 1970’s with a hit TV show – The Hardy Boys - and hit albums, his debut album entitled, oddly enough, ”Shaun Cassidy” went multi-platinum and netted him a number one single. He then switched gears in his career and became a writer, creating one of my favorite TV shows, American Gothic, and many, many more. Shaun Cassidy is here today with April Richardson.
Eddie Pepitone was also a teen idol, scoring huge hits in the early 70’s with his band Eddie and the Peptones. He later starred in Columbo: The Next Generation and I am just about at the end of this gag. But needless to say, Eddie Pepitone is here today.
As for me, I am, as I said, in working away on the show which accounts for why this show is a week late, Next month we’re going to have a special episode with some of my favorite middle pieces, and some other surprises, and then we’ll be back in action.
Rank #14: Paging Dr. Cyclops
Ahhhh September. Apple blossom time. The temperatures dip down under the hundreds and I start the long process and dragging my Halloween decorations out of the garage. I'm also travelling! If you live in Indianapolis, Indiana, I'll be at Morty's Sept 17, 18 & 19th. October will find me back in good ol' San Francisky at the Punchline on October 1st, 2nd and 3rd and in Kirkland, Washington, just a stone's throw north of Seattle, at the Laughs Comedy Club on October 15th, 16th and 17th. For details and ticket inforation please check out the live performance page on DanaGould.com assuming we've fixed it by then. If not, go to my facebook page or the bulletin board on the south wall of the Laurel Canyon Country Store. Just look for the abandoned Slurpy cup full of bees! My guests today. Excellent comedians all. Matt MacCarthy, follow him @mccarthyredhead, Eddie Pepitone @ eddiepepitoneApril Richardson @ apeyAnd the so fast it scares even me Mike Lawrence, @themikelawrencehttp://www.danagould.com
Rank #15: Pobody's Nerfect
Canadian dudes with foot fetishes, scenes from Apocalypse Now starring children, a great way to get out of the Navy, more Two Guys From Boston and an ode to Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? With Blaine Capatch, Rob Cohen & John Ennis.
Rank #16: Uncle Donald's Monkey!
It’s 2017 and EVERYTHING’S GREAT! At least as far as fans of this podcast are concerned because this episode is great. If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, or Evil Dead 2 or Day Of The Dead or Kill Bill or Django Unchained or any of the seven million movies and television shows this gentleman has worked on, Greg Nicotero is here today. Greg has gone from being one of the leading special effects make-up wizards in in Hollywood to one of the hottest directors in television. Also joining us, Kevin Fitzgerald, a man I can only describe as a real life Forrest Gump. Kevin Fitzgerald. Kevin is a very funny and talented comedian, based in Denver, who I’ve known for, probably, twenty-five years. Kevin is also, a very brilliant veterinary surgeon, and is the star of Animal Planets’ Emergency Vets. So, I was recently in Denver, and I was talking to Kevin, and I happened to ask how he got into being a veterinarian and he said, “Keith Richard’s made me do it.” And I said, as you would have said, “Keith Richards, Keith Richards?” and he said, “Yeah.” And what I learned was, from this guy I’ve known forever, that starting in 1969, Kevin was a bodyguard for the Rolling Stones, among many other bands. Kevin has worked with the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, the list goes on and on and on and he’s here today to tell us all about it. Me? I’ve been busier than a one-armed traffic cop with a skin rash. We’re currently in pre-production on season 2 of Stan Against Evil, which means we’re breaking stories for the season and writing scripts, the special effects shop is already designing a new season’s worth of demons and creatures, I’m back at work on this little baby, and, as you may guess, that takes a little time, and I’m still touring. Live dates are at http://www.danagould.com/events/
Rank #17: Back To School!
Dana Gould, Patton Oswalt and Matt Braunger sidle up to the mics and let her rip. Hell's Angels and the origin of biker gangs in America. Who is Wino Willie, and how did he change your life? High School: who hated it more? The Rolling Stones! Stabbing victims! Billy Jack! White Knights v Trollers and much, much, more. With Dana Gould, Patton Oswalt, Matt Braunger & John Ennis.
Rank #18: Land O' Freaks!
Eddie Pepitone, the Bitter Buddha himself, and I ventured down to USC and confronted Dan Schner the head of USC's Jesse Unruh's School of Public Policy to find out just what in the hell is going on with the election and the state of our nation. We are also joined by comedian Julie Prescott, whose album, Every Joke On This Album Kills Because I Cut The Ones That Didn't, is available and we will discuss it's inception, as it was recorded in a string of one-nighters in the deep south. We are also joined by writer and Public Radio audio investigative journalist Peter Gilstrap who will help us hoist the lid off the pop culture creepy barrel. Hey, speaking of creepy, why not come out and see me live? I'll be performing in Arlington Virgina at Arlington Drafthouse on Dec 4th and 5th and on New Year's Eve weekend and the Cap City Comedy Club in Austin, Texas. Details and ticket links available at http://DanaGould.com.
Rank #19: The Beat Goes Off!
Welcome to another episode of the Dana Gould Hour, recorded partially in Los Angeles at Falcon's Lair Studios and partially in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia, where I am for the summer filming season two of Stan Against Evil. And unlike like last year, we will NOT miss an episode of the podcast. We are locked, cocked and ready to rock. We have two amazing and hilarious guests. Brandt Tobler, a comedian and author whose new book, Free Roll, is available now. He has a story that, dare I say it, rivals anyone's. And an old friend of the show, one of the funniest people I know, the hilarious Matt Braunger. http://DanaGould.com
Rank #20: Left & Right
We're going to solve all the world's problems by conversing with my two most politically opposed friends. Raving, bomb-throwing Bolshevic Eddie Pepitone - you can follow Eddie on The Twitter at @EddiePepitone, and from Meet The Press, self-described right wing nut Mike Murphy, you can follow him at @murphymike. Now, you might ask, how can I be friends with people who have different political views than I do? Simple. I'm a grown up. Wand what's great about this episode is that we disagree without screaming at each other or calling each other Hitler. http://DanaGould.com