“As we have noted many times on the show, Dan is the Leonardo or the Cyclops of the group: he is the necessary leader, holds us together, inspiring, noble, unmemorable, nobody likes him.” —Elliott, Episode 57: Sorority Row @45:00
Dan McCoy is the man behind the podcast, Daily Show writer Taskmaster Dan "The Dannibal" "Donut Dan the Militia Man" McCoy maintains the well-oiled machine that is The Flop House. In addition to keeping the show segments within bearable limits of time and conversational matter (while contributing his own amusing banter), Dan sets up the podcasting gear and keeps the glorious bandwidth flowing. If the show was a meal, Dan is the plate. He created the show, so he should get more respect. Should.
Dan is basically the default human male, with no bells or whistles.
Dan is also a clone of his older brother John, who in turn is a clone of his older brother Robert. They have the same voice (right down to the accent), the same sense of humor, the same stutter when flustered (though Dan has worked to suppress his), the same sighing accumen, the same frustrations with humanity.
Dan hails from Eureka, Illinois, the smallest town. That's near Peoria, about a half hour away, where they have a zoo. A young McCoy attended Earlham College with Stuart . At some point he had a job in a fly-over state. Disliking the rigor of film school he moved to New York, where he lives with his cat.
Dan is often grumpy at work... well, make that angry... okay, just moody. Basically stays in a corner and is silent, really.
Suffered a debilitating knee injury while skiing in Vermont, which necessitated surgery and a lengthy recuperation. Which probably would have healed faster if only the people around him had expressed a modicum of heartfelt sympathy, but oh well.
Will often watch mediocre to decent movies on an airplane flight because there's nothing better to do, and thinks maybe you should watch those movies in the same situation if it comes up.
Time Warner Cable is not, as might be believed, an international media conglomerate with a vice-like grip on New York's cable television market, but an elaborate Kafkaesque scheme to drive Dan McCoy insane.