Peter Bergman (comedian)
Philip Proctor and Peter Bergman (right), 1976.
Peter Paul BergmanNovember 29, 1939 – March 9, 2012
November 29, 1939
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||March 9, 2012
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Education||Yale School of Drama
|Occupation||Comedian, Actor, Writer|
|Known for||The Firesign Theatre (1966-2012)
Coining the word "love-in" (1967)
|Children||Lily Oscar Bergman|
|Honors||Woodrow Wilson Scholar, Eugene O'Neill Playwriting Fellow at the Yale School of Drama|
Peter Paul Bergman (November 29, 1939 – March 9, 2012) was an American writer and comedian, best known as a member of The Firesign Theatre. He played Lt. Bradshaw in the Nick Danger series. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Firesign Theatre was formed as a result of Bergman's show Radio Free Oz on KPFK. According to Bergman, "I started July 24th, 1966 on KPFK ... I had some very interesting people around me, which those folks became The Firesign Theatre: David Ossman was connected with the station, Phil Austin was connected with the station, and Phil Proctor came out to do a show and we connected in LA and that was really the genesis of that whole happening."
Bergman was a graduate of Yale University and taught economics there as a Carnegie Fellow. As an undergraduate, he contributed to campus humor magazine The Yale Record. He also attended the Yale School of Drama as a Eugene O'Neill Playwriting Fellow and was a Woodrow Wilson Scholar. He worked with Tom Stoppard, Derek Marlowe, Piers Paul Read, and Spike Milligan.
Stage versions of Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me The Pliers; The Further Adventures of Nick Danger, Third Eye; and Waiting For The Electrician, or Someone Like Him & Temporarily Humboldt County are published Broadway Play Publishing Inc.
Peter Bergman died on March 9, 2012, at age 72, from complications involving leukemia.
- Peter Bergman
- The Yew Norker (The New Yorker parody). New Haven: Yale Record. February–March, 1961.
- SCPR News (March 9, 2012)
- Peter Bergman at the Internet Movie Database
- Bergman's professional webpage
- Politico - Arena Profile: Peter Bergman
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