NOT INSANE 2020!
The Firesign Theatre altered a lot of consciousness in the 60’s and 70’s with its psychedelic comedy albums and surreal stage shows, including a sold-out Carnegie Hall performance. The foursome continued writing and performing together for more than 40 years, making gold-medal radio programs and Grammy-nominated albums well into the 21st century.
David Ossman, who created Firesign in 1966 with Phil Proctor and their late partners Peter Bergman and Phil Austin, will be performing his one-man show, “NOT INSANE 2020! The Hello-Goodbye Tour” at 1900 Building on Thursday, May 9th at 7:00pm.
Now at 82, Ossman looks forward to meeting and entertaining the fans who love Firesign and have laughed along with them for decades. The group’s vast archive has recently been acquired by the Library of Congress, which dubbed them “the Beatles of Comedy” and an American treasure.
“It’s time for me to say ‘Hello and Goodbye,’” says Ossman, “because I still can.”
In this Kansas City premiere of the Tour, Ossman brings Firesign’s history and creative process to life with rare early TV performances, and looks back at his own career as a young poet in New York, a pioneer of FM and public radio, a Surrealist Party candidate for Vice President of the U.S., a grandfatherly ant in the feature film “A Bug’s Life,” as well as a memoirist, novelist and collagist.
In the second act of NOT INSANE, Ossman will be joined on stage by “The Road Wranglers,” featuring Kansas City’s Dwight Frisell and friends, while he performs “The Old Cart Wrangler’s Saga,” a full-length comic, jazz monologue by playwright Brian Price.