Its plot follows an extraordinary Fourth of July in two Midwestern towns situated at the exact center of the U. In building up to the climax, the troupe introduces a number of typically American characters, archetypes, and social absurdities which provide most of the comic fodder. It may lack the revolutionary qualities of their work in the '60s and early '70s, but Boom Dot Bust is hardly a stereotypical reunion embarrassment.
Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. It definitely touches a nerve. The musical adaptation of the B-movie is creative, engaging, weird, and more than a little grotesque. This is quality family theater, with enthusiastic children in all the key roles save for that amazing, pig-friendly spider named Charlotte.
The tribute band does its job well — connecting us not only with the music, but with all the memories we attach to these iconic songs. The fifth in this series of comedies is another hilarious triumph.
He attended college but never graduated. He was an accomplished lead guitarist , and he was responsible for adding much of the music to Firesign works. He also appeared as an actor and voice actor on television. He used his natural voice as astronaut Mark Time and newsman Harold Hiphugger. Outside of the Firesign Theatre, he has performed several voices on The Tick animated TV series and worked extensively as a producer and on-air narrator on National Public Radio and several affiliated stations.
Several people have been accorded unofficial "associate Firesign" status over the years, by virtue of performing on several records with the group. Austin's first wife Annalee performed in support of the group on several golden age albums. She is credited as a member of "the St. Ossman's first wife Tiny Tinika  performed as a St.
Williams referred to Firesign albums as "the audio equivalent of a Hieronymus Bosch painting. Siri responds to the prompt "This is worker speaking. Hello" with "Hello Ah-Clem. What function can I perform for you? On several occurrences of the Association for Consciousness Exploration ACE 's Starwood Festival , director Jeff Rosenbaum has organized performances of Firesign Theatre radio plays performed by organizers and guest speakers of the event under the name "Firesign Clones".
In Madison, Wisconsin in , a pair of University of Illinois students opened the first of a regional chain of pizza restaurants they named "Rocky Rococo"  after the Nick Danger character, without any mention of connection to the Firesign Theatre. The Firesigns visited the first Rocky Rococo Pizza when on tour in Madison in and reacted with good humor, joking around with the owners and giving them pictures that said, "To Rocky, from Rocky" which were hung on the wall.
But in , by which time the chain had grown to 62 restaurants and the Firesigns had passed their "golden age", they sent the owners a letter claiming ownership of the name. The pizza chain's lawyers found a similar case where an Austin, Texas pizzeria named Conan's ran afoul of the copyright owners, producers of the film Conan the Barbarian. Since the creator of the Conan the Barbarian comic had similarly endorsed the restaurant by drawing Conan on its walls, the suit lost in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit , so the Firesigns settled out of court.
Ossman and his second wife Judith Walcutt formed Otherworld Media Productions in to produce audio theatre. They created an annual "Mark Time award" for best radio science fiction, named after Ossman's astronaut character. In , they added three new awards named after Firesign Theatre characters: .
A six-cassette collection of the Firesign Theatre's presidential and campaign commentaries which aired on NPR during the election season.
These feature background information, satirical introductions and parodic histories, as well as transcripts from their first seven albums. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Not to be confused with Fireside Theatre. American surreal comedy group. Radio audio recordings stage film. Surreal humor Inside humor sketch comedy word play blue comedy. Zeitgeist Golden age of radio Television Shakespeare.
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Firesign Media liner notes. Archived from the original on March 11, Winter — Archived from the original on June 27, Retrieved October 28, Archived from the original on December 15, Retrieved November 28, November 13, Proctor and Bergman again departed, produced more records, movie scripts, film projects, toured, and were almost shot to death in a Chinese gangland massacre at the Golden Dragon restaurant in San Francisco, after a performance.
The Firesign Theatre took a two-year hiatus from the studios, reforming to record a projected, but unbought Nick Danger radio series pilot The Case of the Missing Shoe that did find release on Rhino Records. They were back and ready to work. They were hired by MGM to write a self-starring screenplay for a modern version of the Odyssey.
MGM was sold and the new bosses canned the project. Fear The election commentaries were collected by Rhino and offered to subscribers and periodically mailed out as The Cassette Chronicles The Firesign Theatre was hired to present a one hour performance at NPR's Airlie Conference, The History of The Art of Radio, which was released as part of a fifteen volume in-house cassette package of the entire event to the participants. A half a picture disc single with the painting by comedian Phil Hartman off the Fighting Clowns cover was released with a song on each side representing the two candidates for the presidential election, "Reagan", and "Carter", with the winner's song to be placed on the album.
A national tour was booked featuring this Brechtian musical review, drawing relatively small crowds. Fighting Clowns failed to spark most of the old fans. Sales were dismal, and not what the album deserved for it was a well thought out introduction to the s with songs and dialogue pieces wonderfully put together. The Firesign Theatre referred to themselves musically as the 8 Shoes but they seemed to have lost their footing in the Reagan years.
Some of the previously recorded projects were released on Rhino, Lawyer's Hospital , an interesting collection of unreleased live appearances, segments from the Cassette Chronicles and real commercials for Jack Poet VWs.
The Firesign Theatre was producing a lot of work and nobody seemed to care. All but the most loyal fans had all but dissipated. They worked very hard at numerous projects but none seemed to pay off for all the effort. Nobody could figure out how to properly market the group or its products, a problem that continues up to this day. This started to put a financial strain on the group, particularly Ossman, who had been living in Santa Barbara, and was out of the Hollywood commercial pipeline.
Reluctantly, Ossman left the West coast to take a job at NPR in Washington, DC hosting a five-hour weekly "Sunday Show" in and later to pursue a solo career producing radio programs for WGBH in Boston, and conducting workshops in radio Theatre arts across the country through the decade. The others formed Pyro Playhouse and opened up offices in Hollywood to do business in any media they could.
The new Firesign Theatre groped through the teflon decade of the empty s without one of it's major voices, and tried to compensate for this by pushing the envelope of technology. They hooked up with former Monkee, Michael Nesmith's Pacific Arts Video and a Japanese company to produce a project that was to be the first interactive video. In a sense all of Firesign's recordings were interactive because they demanded a lot of participation from the listener.
The Japanese pulled out along with their financing, and the project was barely salvaged by personal funds from everyone concerned. The Case of the Missing Yolk was an interesting, classy, low budget, Nick Danger vehicle with some very funny commercial parodies, and videographical sight gags and special effects. It received some cable TV air play and is still widely available in the video rental stores, and is scheduled for re-release on DVD. Hot Shorts was a vocally overdubbed collection of lightly edited Republic Movie Studio cliff hanger serials of the s and s, spiced up with blatantly sexual humor and dialogue.
It was a project that was very similar to Proctor and Bergman's film, J-Men Forever, though not as highly edited or as cleverly written. Hot Shorts has since been transferred to video-tape and it too is widely available for rental. Next, they transformed the Nick Danger episode, Frame Me Pretty into The 3 Faces of Al , their first 'new' material in years and the very first digitally recorded comedy album.
Eat Or Be Eaten, was recorded as a 99 track demo and the accompanying graphics made but the actual finished project was never published commercially. Danger In Dreamland, a Nick Danger Hollywood studio back-lot murder mystery game, was written but not recorded. Eat Or Be Eaten was salvaged and released as the first CD with subcode graphics, and the game paths strung together to form a story with some commercial parodies, on Mercury Records.
The commercials were excised and put out for radio airplay in both a 7" and 12" version called Bites From Eat Or Be Eaten. The theme was further developed into a highly successful 30 minute Cinemax special, also called Eat Or Be Eaten , that too, has been released on video In the late s, Pyro Playhouse ran out of work and closed their offices, officially ending The Firesign Theatre. All four individuals then concentrated solely on their own careers and families.
Mobile Fidelity Labs purchased the rights to release the essential Columbia Firesign albums on CD, soliciting new liner notes from the former members. Old fans were delighted with the clarity of sound that was missing from their old, over-played, phonograph records. Sales were respectable, prompting the men to talk of a reunion when all four gathered together, for the first time in many years, to attend Phil Proctor's third wedding in A promotional group came up with the money to sponsor a one-off 25th Anniversary Reunion Concert 24 April , at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle.
Media Moguls and die-hard fans gathered from across the country to attend the event. The four members approached the stage with apprehension and trepidation, but the audience received them with a five minute standing ovation before they could even say a word.
It was a humbling and exhilarating experience, enough to give them the confidence to allow the old chemistry to work its magic again. A nation wide tour was booked and quickly sold out.
The tour was a nostalgic review for the audiences who recited along like a Greek chorus with the updated versions of the routines from Firesign's most famous and popular albums. Sales were brisk at the souvenir tables where patrons could purchase squeezable rubber Bozo noses and toy pickles, T-shirts, tour jackets, and Nick Danger shot glasses. After the shows, The Firesign Theatre came out for autograph sessions to greet and thank the fans by signing photos, books, record jackets, and CDs.
They created a following of die-hards, affectionately called Fireheads who treated the band like they were the Grateful Dead, preceding them to every venue to try and catch every show.
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