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Firesign Theatre coming to KPC Jan. 22-23

The Firesign Theatre will perform twice at the Kirkland Performance Center. - Courtesy photo
The Firesign Theatre will perform twice at the Kirkland Performance Center.
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The Firesign Theatre, comedy's legendary quartet, will appear at the Kirkland Performance Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 and Saturday, Jan. 23.

The Firesign writing partners and voice artists, now in their 42nd year of working together, are Phil Austin, Peter Bergman, David Ossman and Phil Proctor. They have collaborated on more than 20 "movies for the mind," including the early audiophonic worlds of Nick Danger, Porgie and Mudhead, "Beat The Reaper," "I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus," and "Everything You Know Is Wrong."

Their 21st century CD Trilogy, "We're Doomed," received Grammy nominations for "Give Me Immortality or Give Me Death" and "Bride of Firesign."

For the first time, the group will work on a simple stage with no props or costumes, utilizing only their character voices.

The first act weaves together two favorites, "Waiting For The Electrician" and 'Don't Crush That Dwarf" - existential tales of border-crossing, channel-switching and selling-out. The second act allows the "Nick Danger" cast (Rocky, Bradshaw, Catherwood) to riff, improvise and spoof the ageless radio dick, Nick Danger, Third Eye.

Also on the bill are Ben Bland's Movie Matinee, School Lunch Menus, Ralph Spoilsport, All-Star Crowley and Shakespeare's Lost Comedie, "Anythynge You Want To."

Long-time Whidbey Islander David Ossman will be joined by Whidbey newcomer Peter Bergman, Fox Islander Phil Austin and, from far-off Beverly Hills, Phil Proctor.

Proctor, who appeared on Whidbey in George Tirebiter's "Radio Follies," has been recently heard as The Drunken Money in three "Dr. Doolittle" movies and as Harold in the "Rug Rats" films and TV shows. He is currently on tour as Don Quixote with the L.A. Guitar Quartet.

Tickets are $35 are available by visiting www.firesigntheatre.com.

The Kirkland Performance Center is located at 350 Kirkland Avenue.

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