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Dana Gould doesn't get to do standup much these days, but when he does, he makes sure that he plays Minneapolis. "Acme is one of my favorite clubs," he says. When not acting, writing, or doing the occasional standup gig, Gould produces a podcast called The Dana Gould Hour. "It's the world's most complicated podcast," he claims. "I tape two 90-minute interviews with two different people on the same topic. I cut them up into segments, then mix them so they flow in and out of each other. I put music underneath." It's so complicated that he has a difficult time releasing it on a regular schedule. "I can only get out one or two a month," he says. With his everyman persona, Gould covers everything from shopping trips to the Ku Klux Klan in his standup. "Why did they choose to dress as ghosts? Did anyone suggest Dracula? And their whole concept is off. Their trademark is a flaming cross, but their outfits are all billowy fabric. Someone's not thinking." Gould may also muse about his fixation with the TV show Storage Wars, but anyone familiar with the Boston native knows his true obsession is with Planet of the Apes. "I remember the first time I saw the original movie," he recalls. "It was a seminal experience." In 2012, his love of Planet of the Apes led to a classic bit that debuted at Sketchfest in San Francisco: Maurice Evans as Dr. Zaius as Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain, written and produced with John Hodgman. It can be found on YouTube. To this day, Gould is still making new observations about the films and TV show. "He's in a space capsule smoking a cigar," he says of Charlton Heston in the first film. "Sloppy work right out of the gate." 18+.
Oct. 10-12, 8 p.m.; Oct. 11-12, 10:30 p.m., 2013