Dana Gould was born on August 24, 1966, in the small town of Hopedale, Massachusetts. After graduating high school, he studied theatre at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He eventually moved to San Francisco where he founded the San Francisco Comedy Condo in 1986 along with fellow comedian Alex Reid. For six years Gould wrote for The Simpsons, during which he won two Emmys for Outstanding Animated Program, but he left the show in late 2006 to focus on his own screenwriting. His acting credits include appearances on the television show Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist and The Ben Stiller Show, which he also wrote for. Gould currently lives in Los Angeles, California.