Firesign Theatre's Phil Austin Dies At 74
June 22, 2015 at 4:18 PM (PT)
PHIL AUSTIN, co-founder of surrealist comedy troupe FIRESIGN THEATRE, died last THURSDAY (6/18) at his home in WASHINGTON State after a battle with cancer at 74, reports the LOS ANGELES TIMES.
AUSTIN, best known as the voice of "Nick Danger, Third Eye," the noir-ish private detective character who first appeared in a parody radio drama on Side 2 of the COLUMBIA LP "How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You're Not Anywhere At All" and became a fan favorite, co-founded the influential comedy troupe while working at PACIFICA Variety KPFK/LOS ANGELES, where he met PHIL PROCTOR, the late PETER BERGMAN, and DAVID OSSMAN; the group first performed on BERGMAN's KPFK show "Radio Free Oz," and followed the show to crosstown KRLA-A and KMET-A. FIRESIGN THEATRE had its own live show on KPFK in 1970 that was also syndicated, segments of which were compiled on the album "Dear Friends."
As a solo act, AUSTIN released "Roller Maidens from Outer Space" on EPIC in 1974. Later, AUSTIN was active as a voiceover talent for several national clients and performed on the syndicated "DAILY FEED" radio feature in the '90s.