A lot of comedy groups have flung open the mind's ramparts over the years and many have coerced this writer's style and approach but few like the Firesign Theater and littler still like the mad fresh improvisation done on their live radio programs in 1970 and '71.
Aside from the double-record collection of bits from the Dear Friends shows on Columbia, the first time I heard full uncut programs was on 'Spud Tyrebiter's' show on KZSC. Or was it Monterey where he was on- there is actually a dispute here. There was a terrific comedy records/etc DJ out of Monterey, and yet I also have a station ID (presented as an MP3 hare) from KZSC which was apparently where this episode was being run. In any case, I used to record shows off of many stations around Santa Cruz, Ca.
The Dear Friends series ran originally on KPFK between September 9th, 1970, and February 17th, 1971, 21 episodes total. Some of this was later cut down to album-length slices and sent out to Pacifica radio network stations and others on white-label lps.
I've always been a huge fan and proponent of jamming and riffing material live on the air when appropriate and possible, and during this period the group was as hot as could be, and were comfortable enough on air to not push to even be 'funny' all of the time, using some other colors on radio that weren't used much then or now.
Here we have an slightly incomplete episode, right off of my radio aircheck of someone playing side one of the October 4th, 1970 episode: "I Could Always Shoot Him With the Camera" as broadcast around 1982. Enjoy.
1 Equipment trouble 2 Japanese miniature TVs 3 Surrogate mothers 4 Hair 5 Drunks 6 President and committee (live from the Senate bar) 7 The greening of America discussion
And the MP3s :