A Firesign Chat


||||||||| Catherwood re-enters the Waiting Room and explains "This is the main discussion room which is logged each night."
||||||||| Catherwood announces, "The time is 4:33 AM - I now declare Thursday's chat log for July 12, 2012 officially open!"... and then, he retires back to the vestibule...
||||||||| Catherwood strides up and pipes up "Presenting 'Pitts-Pheumy', just granted probation at 8:22 PM", then leaves hurriedly.
Pitts-Pheumy: Chit-Chat-Chums, Gone . . . .
||||||||| At 8:23 PM, Pitts-Pheumy vanishes mysteriously -- just as Nino the Mind Boggler predicted!
||||||||| Catherwood strides in with a trumpet, plays a fanfare, and proclaims "Nine PM on Thursday, July 12, 2012 - I now declare alt.comedy.firesgn-thtre's chat officially open!" -- then he looks around at the empty room, looks at his watch, and mumbles "...am I early?"
||||||||| Outside, the 9:06 PM crosstown bus from British Columbia pulls away, leaving cease coughing in a cloud of diesel fumes.
||||||||| BroncoTweeny tiptoes in around 9:07 PM, trying to avoid Catherwood because of last week's "unpleasant incident."
BroncoTweeny: Hi cease
cease: hi tween
cease: i wonder who pitts-pheumy was
BroncoTweeny: Maybe Nino has a record and Merlyn can tell us where he's from
cease: i hope merl shows up here to tell us about the bergman panel he was on last week
||||||||| 9:13 PM: no_anchovies jumps out of the hall closet saying "I've been listening to all of you talking about me for the past half hour!"
no_anchovies (sniffs...)
cease: hi no
no_anchovies: hey.
BroncoTweeny: Hi NA
no_anchovies: howdy.
BroncoTweeny: I played the NPR "No Jokes About America" skit at the opening of my 4th of July TX Roadkill Show
BroncoTweeny: www.kurtericson.com/txroadkill/roadkillshow
cease: was that a firesign piece?
BroncoTweeny: Rev Bill Barnstormer hisself
no_anchovies: i'll check it out anon... when i'm not on dial-up.
BroncoTweeny: From the All Things Firesign album
cease: they've had quite an on/off relationiship with npr over the years
BroncoTweeny: yeah
cease: proctor/bergman did several skits and a whole serial for Heat in 1990
cease: doc just played it on the rfo podcast
cease: it was called Power
no_anchovies: oh... then i already have it.
BroncoTweeny: kewl, will have to check it out
cease: but you Don't have the extra episode that wasnt part of that serial
cease: it was instead on The Digital Diner which doc is playing now
no_anchovies: actually, at this point, i probably have damn near everything.
cease: you have the 2 digital diners?
cease: from 94
no_anchovies: hmmm... maybe not. what's the date & venue?
cease: a vairety show bergman hosted, produced by ted bonnit
cease: when i met him at the Brouhaha, i told him how much i enjoyed it and he stunned that i'd heard it.
no_anchovies: i got "Fools in SPACE" plus "DOMM" plus the albums... mostly on vinyl... missing a few on CD.
cease: you can get em now from RFO
no_anchovies: ah. thanks.
cease: doc has been playing stuff from my stash and i'm pretty sure you've never heard it
cease: i have stuff from 67-68 shows as well as all kind of obscure radio interviews the lads did over the years
no_anchovies: well, i got most of the legit stuff. i'm not a completist. (most of the time) ^_^
cease: i doubt it is possible to be a completist.
cease: i doubt anyone know how much they churned out
cease: they gave tons of radio interviews over the decades and i guarantee NO ONE has them all
no_anchovies: indeed, that was pretty much my view on the matter.
cease: i have two episodes of a 1977 rfo bergman did but don't even know how many there were
cease: there's one episode online and i have 8 other Hollywood NIghshifts from 1980 but don't know how many of those there were either.
cease: austin didnt tape them. i sent him my copies
cease: oona told me it was his funniest work. dont know why they dindt record them
no_anchovies: one of the more obscure things i taped, was Bergman's "Baldy & Scout" stuff from late 80's early 90's ?
cease: that was on kpfk, right?
no_anchovies: KPFK.
cease: ive heard a few but dont have any
cease: there was that show bergman did with krassner during iran contra
cease: there was a live show bergman did with krassner and harry shearer i would love to hear
no_anchovies: probably heard that, but at my age i C.R.S.
BroncoTweeny: That sounds like a great combination :)
cease: it was a live show, never broadcast
cease: krassner told me he had a vid of it when i visited him in 95, but didnt offer to show it to me
BroncoTweeny: I still think Shearer and FST should collaborate
cease: shearer is on How Time Flys
BroncoTweeny: He was wonderful on How Time Flys
no_anchovies: but possibly taped. i heard a lot of rarities on KPFK when i lived closer to L.A.
BroncoTweeny: Yeah
BroncoTweeny: I mean now
cease: he had a radio show on kppc right before their Hour Hour show and sometimes they'd talk
BroncoTweeny: wow
no_anchovies: funny... i recently rewatched "Spinal Tap." cracks me up, still.
cease: i can ask krassner if it was ever on kpfk
cease: you mean shearer replacing bergman?
BroncoTweeny: Has to be a copy of that around somewhere
BroncoTweeny: Can't replace Bergman, but he could make a good addition
no_anchovies: that's like saying Ozzy Osbourne replaces McCartney or something.
cease: procberg and cred gap were in that flick Cracking Up
BroncoTweeny: I'm just going by what I heard on HTF, and what he does on LeShow
BroncoTweeny: lol NA
cease: i hope they do something together in the future. i know they're friends
||||||||| 9:34 PM: Merlyn jumps out of the hall closet saying "I've been listening to all of you talking about me for the past hour!"
BroncoTweeny: Hi Merlyn
cease: here's merl, ffresh from the bergman panel
Merlyn: Proctor was saying they'd call themselves "Firesign Theatre, or someone like him"
BroncoTweeny: Does Nino have a log of who was in chat?
Merlyn: no
Merlyn: just the thursday logs
BroncoTweeny: Yeah, OK
no_anchovies: hey Merl... so what went down?
cease: how was the panel?
Merlyn: a lot of remeniscing
Merlyn: reminiscing whatever
cease: was it recorded?
no_anchovies: duh.
no_anchovies: come on... give it up, bitch.
Merlyn: ossman said during the last 2 performances on their last tour, he got angry with peter because he shoehorned in Nick Danger
no_anchovies: ^_^
Merlyn: I think they were all recorded, but I'm not sure about all of them
Merlyn: David said he realized later peter did it to play Bradshaw one last time
cease: all, but not all?
cease: that's a great story, merl
Merlyn: one of them, I didn't see any recording equipment
no_anchovies: it ain't no use if ya ain't got the boost.
cease: any word about when the brouhaha tape will be released?
Merlyn: haven't heard anything
cease: remember judith tellling people not to record cuz it would be sold?
Merlyn: don't recall that specifically
cease: it was just before the event began
no_anchovies: think of all the great bootlegs that wouldn't exist if peep'le bought that load of shit.?
cease: i'll email taylor
cease: lol, no
Merlyn: he'd know best
Merlyn: Tailor Knows Best
cease: i sent him a copy of a bergman babbling about venus from 68, hope he was able to decipher it
cease: from a rotting old tape i made off the air at the time
Merlyn: why'd you record on rotting tape?
Merlyn: they had a terrible reputation
cease: it wasnt rotting in 68
Merlyn: neither were we
cease: how are the ossmans and the proctors these days
cease: speak for yourself, merl
Merlyn: they are quite good apart from the rotting
BroncoTweeny: lol Merl
Merlyn: while their friends fall apart around them like rotting fruit
BroncoTweeny: indeed
cease: at that breakfast we were at, ossman was quite enthusiastic about releasing new, or new/old stuff
Merlyn: Proctor told the golden dragon story a couple of times
BroncoTweeny: That's quite a story
cease: did he tell the story about bergman's dissapperaring body
Merlyn: and I told him that Gretchen told us that his and Peter's testimony recording still exists
cease: i heard him tell it on an la radio show but they cut proc saying "fuck"
Merlyn: oh, yeah, when they called and one place said they sent the body, and the other place didn't have it
Merlyn: hospital vs. mortuary
cease: right
Merlyn: I forget how they found him again
cease: how can you be in 2 places at once
Merlyn: speaking of 2 places
cease: was there anyone else on the panel besides you and oss/prc?
Merlyn: I just saw an ad for movies on ABC family this friday
Merlyn: willy wonka followed by willy wonka
Merlyn: Richard Fish and/or Jerry Stearns were on, sometimes with Judith and/or Melinda
cease: ah good
no_anchovies: double Wonk.
Merlyn: now whenever something goes wrong, they blame Peter
cease: pete would approve
Merlyn: David couldn't reboot his laptop to read some poetry, so it was because peter didn't want it
cease: the perfect excuse
cease: a real deus ex machina
no_anchovies: when in doubt, blame the ghost.
||||||||| Elayne steals in around 9:52 PM, trying to avoid Catherwood because of last night's "unpleasant incident."
Elayne: Evenin' all!
Merlyn: hey E
cease: hi el
no_anchovies: hey Layne
BroncoTweeny: Hey E
no_anchovies: got any ghosts?
Elayne: I'm sorry, did you say goats?
||||||||| Catherwood stumbles in at 9:53 PM, dragging Principalpoop by the hair and asks "Can anyone vouch for this yahoo?"
Merlyn: just casper
Elayne: Well, be they goats or ghosts or ghosts of goats or both... no, I don't have any.
Principalpoop: bonsoir :)
cease: how about a groatcake?
cease: hi poop
Merlyn: hey pp
Elayne: No thanks, I'm full from the goat.
Elayne: Hey Prinpoop!
cease: merl was just telling tales of the latest bergman panel
Principalpoop: cool
Elayne: It was a real goatbuster.
cease: how about some goat cheese?
Principalpoop: ricottacoco
||||||||| A time machine materializes at 9:55 PM and Pitts_Rheumy bounds out, carrying a grape from ancient Greece.
Merlyn: they also told some stories of where peter came up with album titles
cease: a freiend of mine saw them at stanford in the early days and said they had a runnning gag confusing cheese with chinese
Pitts_Rheumy: Hello All
Principalpoop: achoo rheumy
Elayne: Hey Pitts!
cease: electrician was from his time in amsterdam during a blackout, as i recall
cease: hi pitts
Pitts_Rheumy: Wipe wipe
Elayne: I've never had CHinese cheese.
Merlyn: any relation to ZaSu?
Elayne: Is there Chinese cheese?
Principalpoop: peking pimento?
no_anchovies: how 'bout those Pirates, eh?
Merlyn: correct cat
Elayne: Holy crap: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Chinese_cheeses
Pitts_Rheumy: Depp's Pirates?
Elayne: SOmetimes i love the internets.
Principalpoop: they must have more cheeses than 4
cease: when i first went to japan, it was quite difficult to find cheese. not a part of the japanese diet
Merlyn: so I've heard, cat
Merlyn: considered spoiled milk
Pitts_Rheumy: squeeze your cheese, gently
Principalpoop: the mongolians are famous for cheese, almost hehe
Elayne: Cat, aren't Asians by and large more lactose intolerant than other ethnicities?
Principalpoop: where is it that drinking milk is like drinking blood?
cease: are you new here, pitts, or do you know you by another monniker?
cease: very true, el
Pitts_Rheumy: Mongo Mongolians?
Principalpoop: use cheese cloth
no_anchovies (only listens as a curdesy...)
cease: Fumiyo has little tolerance for it
Merlyn: squeeze the goat cheese wheeze
Pitts_Rheumy: Was here a couple of months ago
Elayne: LOL, No Anch!
cease: welcome back
||||||||| Catherwood enters the room, strikes a gong, and bellows "THE TIME IN NEW YORK IS 10 O'CLOCK", then silently exits.
Elayne: Oh dear, we're back to goats, are we?
BroncoTweeny: The way I've heard it, the Asians generally don't think that dairy is of much use except for their babies
Principalpoop: finally found your way back huh? i told you to hide it better Merlyn
no_anchovies: ^_^
cease: hey i talked to packer yesterday on facebook, first time in many years
Pitts_Rheumy: Thanks, cat
BroncoTweeny: Hey P
Principalpoop: hey tween
Merlyn: I blazed a new trail, but it burned out
Principalpoop: moved to denver?
cease: doc is playing the digtial diners i got fromn packer in 94. google told him that they were never broadcast so i had to ask packer
Pitts_Rheumy: How's Texas, Tween?
BroncoTweeny: Finally got some rain
cease: i met ted bonnit at the brouhaha and told him how much i enjoyed the digital diners. he was very surprised i'd heard them
Principalpoop: no kidding E
Merlyn: cat, playing on RFO?
BroncoTweeny: We've actuall been cooler down here than the midwest and east
BroncoTweeny: quite unusual
Merlyn: I remember the digital diner website
BroncoTweeny: How's PA?
cease: although they used quite a few of the skits as intermission on the Knitting Facotry gig you saw, el
Pitts_Rheumy: Very Cool, thank God
cease: there were no websites in those days, merl
Pitts_Rheumy: Low Nineties
cease: but yes, some of those skits were up on bergman's website
Merlyn: these were clips put up
cease: when i first visited proc at his house in 95, he showed me the script for Catch and Release Whalers on his computer
cease: i was impressed
cease: funny idea, funny sketch
Merlyn: I remember that bit, made a fake ad for it on the firesign site
BroncoTweeny: 'Catch and Release Whalers' - I love it
cease: oh yes, i remember that, merl
cease: i sent the dds to ah clem and he played them on cni when it used to accompany chat
Pitts_Rheumy: Marley's Whalers?
Principalpoop: from boston
Merlyn: Here's that ad: http://www.firesigntheatre.com/rnhtml/img/banner/rnb054.gif
Merlyn: bergman holding a harpoon with a sucker end
BroncoTweeny: Cool ad
Pitts_Rheumy: Toilet plunger?
Elayne: Brian, makes me feel like we're all the sucker end.
Merlyn: remember when all ads were 300 x 40 pixels?
cease: I read it in the Toilet
Pitts_Rheumy: A friendly spiritual nudge to encourage us to have our turn at it
Principalpoop: work it out with a pencil
Principalpoop: thats loosners castor oil flakes
cease: but its really Good shit, mrs presskey
Principalpoop: it is so good you have already been to china and don't know it mr president
cease: china? i thought these were paper plates
Principalpoop: we did not recognize china in those days, just called it big empty spot...
Pitts_Rheumy: A British subject (colony)
cease: i tried to do a report about china when i was in 6th grade, but wasn't allowed to.
cease: that would have been in 61
Elayne: Sorry folks, I'm fading fast. Next week, all.
||||||||| Elayne departs at 10:14 PM, singing "Toad away, toad away; toad away, toad away! Where do you go when you're toad away?"
Principalpoop: pinko commie
cease: speaking of brits, where's hemlock?
cease: by el
Principalpoop: night E
Pitts_Rheumy: Take Care, E
Principalpoop: we stopped talking of goats and lost E's interest
cease: this will be my last chat on this computer. it's been 9 years, but it's time to retire
Principalpoop: you got a new one?
Pitts_Rheumy: She could illustrate that, if she wanted to
cease: sitting under my desk now, havent hooked it up yet
Pitts_Rheumy: Something fast with lots of memory?
cease: i dont know if New is the world. doc built it for me out of old parts
Principalpoop: cool. always exciting, thrilling almost
no_anchovies: gonna be a SYSTEMSEVEN man, eh C?
Principalpoop: new to you
cease: i'll find out when i plug it in
Pitts_Rheumy: Good Luck on that one
Principalpoop: plug plug plug plug
cease: i hope it doesnt blow up
Principalpoop: then glug glug glug glug
Principalpoop: eug should be a word
cease: i'm much beter at drinking than computing
Pitts_Rheumy: Two cans and a string
Principalpoop: two bottles and a guitar
BroncoTweeny: Is the new computer a Mac, cease?
cease: bottles? i got so i'd drink anything
cease: no, its a pc. it's in a dell case, but not a dell
Pitts_Rheumy: Bottle for slide, with D tuning
Principalpoop: i'm a sterno man myself
Principalpoop: is ther a farmer in it?
cease: doc told me a computer died at his office so he brought it home and "resurrected" it
BroncoTweeny is no crazed sterno bum, but a respected Government Tweeny
cease: lol tween
Principalpoop: i almost wrote that
cease: ah, retirement. what a dear word
no_anchovies: ok folks. reckon i need to hit the comfy cushions. cya on the phunway.
BroncoTweeny: Later NA
||||||||| "Hey no_anchovies!" ... no_anchovies turns, and sees Bradshaw approching with the handcuffs, and is dragged away, screaming "it's only 10:22 PM, I don't have to go yet!"...
Principalpoop: ciao no anchovies
cease: later, no
Pitts_Rheumy: Later ancho
cease: what are jerry and fish doing these days, merl? i've never had the pleasure of meeting them but sure appreciate their work on Red Shift
Principalpoop: don't give me no hand-me-down dell, got one already....
Merlyn: Not sure about Fish, Jerry and Brian Price wrote the opening ceremonies bit that Ossman and Proctor (and Melinda) did
cease: jerry has been prolific
cease: i have some cassettes of old plays of his
Principalpoop: so the panel went well, except for the ghost of bergman cockblocking the laptop poetry?
Principalpoop: so to speak
Merlyn: pretty much, PP
Principalpoop: cool
cease: weirdly
Principalpoop: quite
cease: do you know if judith and melinda did that gig in florida they were talking about?
Merlyn: I don't know; what was the gig?
cease: judith was talking about it over breakfast. maybe you weren't there?
Principalpoop: the farber bat mitsfah
Merlyn: I don't remember
cease: it sonded like it was imminent
Merlyn: you still haven't said what it was
cease: i dont know.
cease: judith was worried if melinda would be up for it, but never said what it was, except that it was in florida and it was imminent
Principalpoop: i had an emminent professor in collge
Merlyn: well, I don't know if judith and melinda did some unknown gig in florida
Principalpoop: well, i don't either
cease: was it on the firesign page or on facebook, there was something about NIck Danger being performed in florida just recently but i dont think that was it
cease: maybe it was just a girls' night out. Way out.
Principalpoop: gig young still alive?
cease: not young anymore
Principalpoop: gig harbor too
Principalpoop: but that is in washington
cease: i think proc could be a professor in Collage
cease: as y'all know from DOMM, it's something he's really into
Principalpoop: groucho was a college dean
BroncoTweeny: in Horse Feathers
cease: whatever it is, i'm against it
BroncoTweeny: yep :)
Principalpoop: my chemistry teacher asked me what I knew about nitrates, I said, cheaper than day rates...
Principalpoop: i need fong with my rim job
Principalpoop: shot, rim shot
cease: his absence is rather loud
Principalpoop: like a bad tooth
Pitts_Rheumy: The Silence is Deafening
Principalpoop: huh?
Merlyn: the news drought continues
Principalpoop: eh?
cease: we're in the portrait gallery. no one can hear us
Principalpoop: whaat?
Merlyn: Pee-wee herman dubs a Batman trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdb2w1Yu97E&feature=player_embedded
cease: obviously not a Nudist trailer
cease: speaking of nudists, did any of you see ossman's appearance on a nudist tv show?
Principalpoop: i didn't know pee-wee was allowed to do movie trailers hehe
cease: i think it was a seattle cable show, mid 90s
Principalpoop: give me the youtube link
cease: it should be on youtube. i have it on vhs
cease: elayne gave it to me, long ago
Principalpoop: was he nude?
cease: no, he was the only clothes person on the show
cease: clothed
Pitts_Rheumy: covered nude?
Principalpoop: after a certain age, clothes become our friends hehe
cease: as i said ealrlierr in chat, the lads have done so much as individuals, i doubt anyone knows the extent of it
cease: even fred doesnt know
Principalpoop: neked under his clothes
Principalpoop: you have to stick it out there if you want it
cease: it was great to finally hear bergman's first record Attention Convention tom gedwillo played on his goldenegoradio thing
cease: alos finally hearing the piece austin did with david cassidy
cease: Massacre at Park Bench
cease: good ol Facebook
cease: that's 2 cassidys for Austin
||||||||| Catherwood enters the room, strikes a gong, and bellows "THE TIME IN NEW YORK IS 11 O'CLOCK", then silently exits.
Merlyn: sees ya next week people
cease: by merl
Principalpoop: night M
Pitts_Rheumy: Is that the light at the end of a tunnel, pardon me while I exit, night all
||||||||| Merlyn says "Catherwood, call me a cab." After the obvious joke, Merlyn exits at 11:01 PM.
Principalpoop: night pitts
Pitts_Rheumy: Take Care All!
Principalpoop: looks like the buses are pulling out of the station
||||||||| Catherwood says "11:02 PM, time for SOMEONE to leave!", grabs Pitts_Rheumy by the collar and gives 'em the old bum's rush out the door
Principalpoop: ciao, be good
cease: by pitts
||||||||| Principalpoop leaves at 11:02 PM, singing "Oh, I'm just a little fishy, floating in the sea, and there ain't no hook that's smart enough to catch the likes of me..."
cease: off we flee
BroncoTweeny: nytol
||||||||| It's 11:25 PM, and that means it's time to play BEAT THE REAPER! And here's how our contestants did:
||||||||| BroncoTweeny - dead from jaundice
||||||||| cease - dead from intense demonic possession
||||||||| Better luck next time! And now, back to our chatroom, which is already in progress...
||||||||| Catherwood enters, and announces to all and sundry "It's 4:32 AM, time to change the log file and clean out unused rooms; please exit the chat room for a minute or two. Thank you for your patience."

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