Dana Gould is the Wolfman. In addition to touring the country building material for a follow-up to his 2009 DVD, Let Me Put My Thoughts in You, the former Simpsons writer and producer recently fulfilled a childhood dream playing the iconic lycanthrope in a short film directed by his friend, Academy Award-winning special-effects artist Greg Nicotero. "Sitting in that makeup chair for six hours getting hair glued to my face was, for me, the equivalent of pitching in the World Series or going on stage with the Rolling Stones." The transformational role would be appropriate for any comic who uses the stage to turn his inner Larry Talbot into a ferocious killer (or tries to); but it's especially fitting for Gould who, as a member of the '90s vanguard that grew standup comedy into a smarter and more personal art form, helped pave the way for them to do so. Just don't ask him to define the nebulous movement that he undoubtedly helped birth. "My memories of alternative comedy are of me hanging out at Janeane Garafalo's house in a suede jacket writing stuff on my hand." He mashes this writerly approach to joke creation with an ebullient physicality to create an act that is incisive, silly, and really, really fun. And it's worth mentioning that his next visit comes immediately on the heels of a full moon. 18+.
May 19-21, 8 p.m.; May 20-21, 10:30 p.m., 2011