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March 10, 2012

Lt. Bradshaw now just a stiff in the morgue

You may know him as Peter Bergman, a member of The Firesign Theater back in the days when you had to have brains to be funny.

And now he's dead, I tell you, dead. At age 72 in Santa Monica due to complications of leukemia. BoingBoing is hosting a few MP3s of his comedy bits.

From The NY Times obituary:

Ed Ward, writing in The New York Times in 1972, described the third Firesign album, "Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers," as "a mind-boggling sound drama" and a "work of almost Joycean complexity."

"It's almost impossible to summarize any Firesign album," Mr. Ward wrote, because most of their albums were so filled with "intricate wordplay, stunning engineering and use of sound effects, breakneck pacing and, of course, a terribly complex story line."

When the Library of Congress placed "Don't Crush That Dwarf" in its National Recording Registry in 2005, The Los Angeles Times described Firesign Theater as "the Beatles of comedy."

He started as a radio announcer on KPFK in Los Angeles on a program called Radio Free Oz. Today Radio Free Oz is available as a podcast.

WNYC is hosting this recording of The Big Internet Broadcast of 1996:

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