Gould’s homecoming no longer on hold

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Since he left Boston in 1986, Dana Gould has carved out what most comedians would consider a dream career. He was a chief innovator at the inception of alternative comedy, wrote for the landmark sketch show “The Ben Stiller Show,” and wrote and produced for “The Simpsons.” He has a new Showtime special on the way and a role in the upcoming TNT drama “Mob City.”

After a very long absence, dating to the mid-’90s, he returns to Boston Friday to co-headline a show with Matt Braunger at Great Scott in Allston. He’s not sure why his return has taken so long. “I have no good excuse,” he says. “They said if I did a good job last time they’d have me right back.”

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