Sept. 2008 to August 2010
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Phil Proctor was the guest narrator for "The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote: Words and Music From the Time of Cervantes." Locations included Whittier (Calif.) College, Northwestern University, University of Richmond, and the 92nd Street Y, New York City. Music by The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.
The Firesign Theatre had an outstanding performance on April 24, 2009 at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey, California, celebrating Nick Danger's 40th birthday! Check out Bob Hardy's website with Monterey pictures.
In honor of the April 24th Firesign show, here's a brand new Philbert cartoon, exclusively for Chromium Switch.
Ken Gammage sent along this review of Bozos from 1972.
Starting with his recollection of L.A. radio in the 60's, and continuing through the genesis of Radio Free Oz, Firesign cartoonist Phil Fountain writes about the Box of Danger collection.
From KPFK comes an interesting artifact that appeared in their publication The Folio.
Grandpa Proctor...News from Phil about his Grandson: "Bowen Gordon Campbell was born at 10:56 pm on November 25, 2008 by midwife at the UCLA birthing center in Westwood, California. He weighs 8 lbs. 14 oz. and was delivered in a little over 2 hours and 12 hours later, Melinda and I visited Geoff and Kristin in the "left" wing of the Ronald Reagan Building. Bowen is named after Geoff's great-great grandfather who started the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, so as a Canadian, he knows a lot about mounting."
Latest news from Phil Proctor... "I recently did a small, fun part as an alien in a short webflick called Intervention, and a silly Englishman for the "Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show" for Greg Benson's Mediocre Films which should be up soon. I've also been promoting the just released Firesign Theatre "Box of Danger" 4-CD set on Shout!Reprise Records and recently was interviewed by Jim Svejda on KUSC-FM for his Halloween Special and his annual upcoming New Year's eve show. I also appeared in a put-on about Sarah Palin on Thom Hartmann's AirAmerica program. But most important, I'm waiting for daughter Kristin to give birth to my first grandson!!!"
Special thanks to Phil Proctor for mentioning Chromium Switch in his latest Planet Proctor.
Temporarily Unleaded County. The Firesign Theatre's Big Mystery Joke Book is in the collection of the library at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran.
The Firesign Theatre's Box of Danger: The Complete Nick Danger Casebook turns the spotlight on the legendary comedy troupe's most famous creation: Nick Danger, Third Eye. This 4-CD box set assembles for the first time such legendary skits as "Cut 'Em Off at the Past," "The Case of the Missing Shoe," "The Three Faces of Al," plus a wealth of rare and unreleased items from Nick's tattered casebook.
Phil Austin has posted The Regional American Surrealist Cookbook at The Big Jewel, an archive of literary humor.
Glen Banks, a Dear Friend of Firesign, has appeared on several albums including Next World, Eat Or Be Eaten and Boom Dot Bust. As Firezine's Freditor describes him "...television producer, Firesign peripheral, and Dendrolator," Glen has posted some hereforto unseen photos at Uncle Glen's Lounge Party.
Highway 61 Revisited: The Tangled Roots of American Jazz, Blues, Rock, & Country Music. Gene Santoro (The Nation, The Washington Post) is a music critic whose 2004 book includes an entire chapter devoted to The Firesign Theatre. It's a concise "mini biography" that begins circa Give Me Immortality or Give Me Death.
What happens if you take old Ed Wood footage, old stock footage, new amateur footage, and cut it into something resembling unfilmed stories by Ed Wood and mix in narration by Phil Proctor? How about Devil Girls and The Vampire's Tomb.