Friday, April 06, 2012

Firesign Theatre's Peter Bergman

One week ago today, comic, satirist, and co-founder of legendary Los Angeles comedy troupe, The Firesign Theatre, Peter Bergman, passed following complications from Leukemia. Peter Bergman was only 72.

For more than forty years, Bergman, along with fellow co-founder Philip Proctor, and troupe members David Ossman, and Phil Austin have recorded albums that best encapsulate not merely the transformative 1960's, but the kind of revolutionary spirit that has long survived, and is shown in the following, Peter Bergman's last broadcast. With special thanks to Philip Proctor...


“Take heart, dear friends.
We are passing through the darkening of the light.
We’re gonna make it and we’re going to make it together.
Don’t get ground down by cynicism.
Don’t let depression darken the glass through which you look.
This is a garden we live in.
A garden seeded with unconditional love.
And the tears of the oppressed,
and the tears of the frustrated,
and the tears of the good will spring those seeds.
The flag has been waived.
It says occupy.
Occupy Wall Street.
Occupy the banks.
Occupy the nursing homes.
Occupy Congress.
Occupy the big law offices.
Occupy the lobbyists.
Because that’s were it all comes together.
I pledge to you, from this moment on, whatever it means,
I’m going to occupy myself.
I love you.
See ya tomorrow.”

R.I.P. Peter Bergman. Keep on keeping on, Firesign Theatre. We need you guys!