Wednesday, May 1, 2019

THE FIRESIGN THEATRE - "Volkswagen Mummy Fools"

 Welcome to yet another Wacky Wednesday in The Dungeon!
Our guests tonight are The Firesign Theatre!

The Firesign Theatre have been our comedic heroes for many, many years and we're referenced them many times in these pages before, as this Search Link will attest to.
I spend a lot of time rummaging around on the Internet Archive, and am always surprised what turns up at the end of the day. Lately, it's been The Firesign Theatre, so here's a couple of tidbits to tickle your funny bone in these dark times.

 First off, here is an actual TV commercial for a Los Angeles Volkswagen dealership that was made in 1969 that starts off with Peter Bergman at the helm!

 This would be about the same time that the boys came out with their classic LP,
"How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You're Not Anywhere At All?"

It's poetic justice that Jack Poet Volkswagen would be the dealer giving these four bozos some air time!
This is Phil Proctor, one of the only two surviving members some 50 years later!

 Philip Austin was also the incredible genius behind "Roller Maidens From Outer Space!"

 David Ossman is the only other member still around today!!
Here's a YouTube link so you can watch this incredible thing for yourself.
Don't be fooled, the beginning is a commercial for the game "Battleship."

This really interesting 14 minute video that you can watch right here, shows the guys at work doing their thing in an impromptu radio podcast titled "Fools In Space" from 2002!

 Sadly, Peter Bergman on the right, left us in 2012 at the age of 72, and Phil Austin joined him in 2015 at the age of 74!

You can also watch this fun overdubbed 20 minute version of "The Mummy's Tomb" that was done by three of the Firesigns watching this movie on TV, telling radio listeners to turn to the TV channel and turn the sound down, and listen to the broadcast they were doing instead. You can also find links to other Firesign Theatre artifacts there, so what are you waiting for? Start Digging!

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