Oh, hi! It’s been awhile! I hope you’ve been enjoying some other quality podcasts this spring. The GOATcast is back from a “hiatus” with Episode 9 featuring writer/actor Ryan Gowland. Ryan and I met each other in Chicago when we both moved there in the early aughts.
Gowland created and wrote the very funny web series, “F’d,” for FunnyOrDie.com. He produced and co-starred in it with Julia Wackenheim-Gimple and Molly Hawkey. Gowland approached Wackenheim-Gimple a few years ago with the idea of a post-apocalyptic comedy. (Gimple was on board, but had one request, “No zombies.” Turns out that her husband, Scott, was the showrunner for a show called “The Walking Dead.”)
Ryan currently has two TV scripts that are finalists in the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition . “We’re Gonna Die Alone,” which he co-wrote with Wackenheim-Gimple is currently in the Top 50. “F’d,” which is extrapolated from his web series, made the Top 75.
Gowland is a veteran of the Chicago improv scene. He performs with Otis at iO Chicago (ImprovOlympic.) He was also a cast member of Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, which boasts alumni like Jordan Peele, and Seth Meyers. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Erica, and their two children.