A group of actors who became internationally famous for improvisational comedy and satire, perhaps best known for several record albums they produced in the 1970s. Their style is unique, they mix inane comments with Literary references and pretty subtle inuendo. They met at the Pacifica radio network affiliate in Santa Monica KPFK.

Members include:

These were famous for their depth of interaction among the characters, their range of literary allusion and references to popular culture, history and science, and the incomparable surreal quality of their pacing. Different listeners would each find different significance in the work and make different connections between themes within them.

Albums they put out included:
  • Waiting for the Electrician or Someone Like Him - 1968
  • How Can You Be In Two Places at Once When You're Not Anywhere at All? - 1969
  • Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers - 1970
  • I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus - 1971
  • Dear Friends - 1972
  • Not Insane or Anything You Want to - 1972
  • TV or Not TV - 1973
  • Everything You Know Is Wrong - 1974
  • The Tale of the Giant Rat of Sumatra - 1974
  • Roller Maiden from Outer Space - 1974
  • Giant Rat of Sumatra - 1974
  • Firesign World - 1974
  • In the Next World You're on Your Own - 1975
  • Forward into the Past - 1976
  • Just Folks...A Firesign Chat - 1977
  • Nick Danger: The Case of the Missing Shoe - 1979
  • Fighting Clowns - 1980
  • Lawyer's Hospital - 1982
  • Shakespeare's Lost Comedies - 1980
  • Nick Danger: The Three Faces of Al - 1984
  • Eat or Be Eaten - 1985
  • Anythynge You Want To (Shakespeare's Lost Comedie) - 1993
  • Back from the Shadows - 1994
  • Give Me Immortality Or Give Me Death - 1998 (Nominated for a Grammy)
  • The Firesign Theatre's Pink Hotel Burns Down - 1998
  • Boom Dot Bust - 1999
  • The Bride of Firesign - 2001 (Nominated for a Grammy)
  • Weirdly Cool - 2001
  • Radio Now Live - 2001
  • All Things Firesign - 2003 (many short pieces aired on NPRs ATC)

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One of the greatest comedy troupes in recent history. Their stream of consciousness style comedy is connected to phrases and ideas in much the same way that the everything web site is. You can't get there from here was a phrase included on the album "I Think We're all Bozo's on this Bus". The most popular album is entitled "Don't Crush that Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers” They have been producing comedy since the mid sixties and continue to put out albums today. Unlike other creative teams mainstream success didn't ruin the chemistry that makes The Firesign Theatre so wonderful. They have many audio works and also a few movies and enjoy a large cult following.

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