Peter Bergman, Founder Of Firesign Theatre Troupe, Dies At 72

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Peter Bergman, best known as one of the founding members of the Firesign Theatre comedy group, died on Friday from complications from leukemia. He was 72.

In addition to Firesign Theatre, Bergman also hosted the late-night “Radio Free Oz” program on KPFK, where the troupe first began to establish its offbeat identity with tracks like “We’re All Bozo’s on This Bus” and “Don’t Crush that Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers”.

He was also credited with being the first to coin the term “love-in”, a phrase that eventually led to an Los Angeles event that drew an estimated 65,000 people in 1967.

Bergman began working as a writer and producer for KFWB NEWS TALK 980 in 2009 before reviving “Radio Free Oz” in podcast form with David Ossman in 2010.

  • Robert Kiernan

    Sad news about someone who was nearly always responsible for making us laugh at absurdity… this is the real world again getting in the way of a grand fantasy… he will be missed… but I hope also remembered.

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