An Evening with the Firesign Theater (Or What’s Left of It!)


David Ossman and Phillip Proctor are the two surviving founding members of the popular, innovative four man satirical troupe known as the Firesign Theater. From the late 60s on, they worked in a funny, literate, innovative and anarchic writing and performing style that freely mixed old time radio and movie tropes, cultural and political satire and a dreamlike stream-of-consciousness approach to plot development. Their work influenced everyone from the original Saturday Night Live to the contemporary podcast “Welcome to Night Vale.” Their classic albums remain in print via compact disc and download. In 2006, their album “Don’t Crush that Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers” was added to the Library of Congress’s National Recorded Sound Registry.

Over the course of about 90 minutes, Ossman and Proctor discussed the history and impact of the Firesign Theater with video clips, slides, reminisces and re-creations, as well as their continuing work in various genres to the present. For this occasion, they written a new sketch titled “The History of the Art of Radio, Revised,” and will perform it with live sound effects.


An Evening with the Firesign Theater (Or What’s Left of It!)

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Jeff, Tom and Alan in the Coolidge Auditorium


David Ossman and Alan Gross

Alan Gross, David Ossman and Jeff

Jeff in front of the Coolidge Auditorium