Dana Gould is an American comedian and comedy writer born and raised in Hopedale, Massachusetts. His upbringing in the “weird little” factory town and the backward eccentricities of his extended family lent themselves to his stand-up routine, which has been seen on HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central, among other places. Gould has written and performed on The Ben Stiller Show. Gould was featured in the film The Aristocrats, where, among other commentary, he presents an Amish version of the eponymous joke. For six years Gould wrote for The Simpsons, on one episode of which he provided the voice of Don Knotts as Barney Fife (an impression that originated in his standup routine). He left the show in late 2006 in order to focus on his own screenwriting.