Bereaved But Still Me

David Ossman On Peter Bergman: What’s All This Brouhaha? Part 2

July 01, 2021 David Ossman Season 5 Episode 7
Bereaved But Still Me
David Ossman On Peter Bergman: What’s All This Brouhaha? Part 2
Show Notes

What?! David Ossman again? No, you’re not insane. Welcome to Side 6 as Michael meets up one more time, here at Bob’s Berserko Lounge, with Firesign Theater’s David Ossman to talk about the life, times, and comedy of Peter Bergman.

In this episode, Michael talks again with Firesign Theater’s David Ossman at the old Same place to talk about the life, times, and comedy of Peter Bergman.

David Ossman is an American writer and performer, best known as a quarter of The Firesign Theatre, whose collective work includes comedy albums, plays, films, and radio shows.  He’s best known for his role as George Leroy (“Porgie”) Tirebiter in Firesign’s LP “Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me The Pliers,” a hero of two mystery novels and hours of broadcasts.  His Catherwood the Butler delivers the classic line, “What’s all this Brouhaha?” to Nick Danger.  Ossman’s “solo” album, “How Time Flys” was nominated for a Nebula, and his 50th Anniversary version of “The War of The Worlds,"  produced by his wife, Judith Walcutt, was nominated for a Grammy.  He can be seen (as Cornelius, the ant) in Pixar’s “A Bug’s Life."

During the 1980s, Ossman returned to his “original” profession as a radio host, writer, and teacher, with historic broadcasts for NPR and WGBH, along with equally historic all-star-cast radio events like “Empire of the Air," “We Hold These Truths,” and “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," independently created for Walcutt’s Otherworld Media non-profit studio.  Returning to Firesign for their 25th Anniversary Tour and subsequent albums and performances, Ossman now edits the group’s work, collected by the Library of Congress, for publication.

Links mentioned in this episode:

David Ossman's previous "Bereaved But Still Me" episode: https://www.buzzsprout.com/123208/8601158

David Ossman on Firesign Theater site: http://www.firesigntheatre.com/media/media.php?member=Ossman

Interesting Firesign Theater stuff that will change your life: http://firesigntheater.com



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