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About Phil Proctor

Born in Indiana in 1940 and raised in New York City, Phil Proctor became known as a member of the Firesign Theatre and its two man offshoot, Proctor and Bergman. Like many musicians and comedians of the '60s, Proctor's interest in comedy began with listening to Bob and Ray, among other comedians, on the radio, and by making his own tapes on a reel-to-reel recorder his parents bought for him. From 1958 to 1962, he attended Yale as a drama major, where he met future Theatre member Peter Bergman, and the two became friends. Proctor acted in several college productions, some scripted by Bergman, and the two eventually made their way to Los Angeles, where they began working with Phil Austin and David Ossman on Radio Free Oz, a late-night freeform radio show broadcast from KPFK. As part of Firesign Theatre, Proctor became known for characters such as Ralph Spoilsport, Pastor Rod Flash, and Clem, the hero of I Think We're All Bozos On This Bus. With Bergman, Proctor released three further comedy albums, TV Or Not TV, What This Country Needs, and Give Us a Break, all during the '70s, after the Firesign's releases became more sporadic. Through the '80s and '90s, Proctor did work for television and radio, among them providing voices for a NPR production of War Of the Worlds, based on the 1938 radio play, and an adaptation of Tom Lewis's book Empire of the Air. ~ Ted Mills