The Firesign Theatre
Since the mid 1960s, The Firesign Theatre has been one of the best kept secrets in American comedy. A four-man comedy troupe with shades of Monty Python and The Goons, they grew out of a free-form radio show in California. They went on to produce a series of comedy albums which became cult favourites, in which they combined satire with parodies of popular culture and classic drama.
This week on Radio 4 there's a chance to hear an exclusive performance by The Firesign Theatre, their first British appearance for many years, recorded at the London Comedy Store in the autumn.
Expect political comment, a virtuoso range of comic voices, and plenty of verbal ingenuity, as Mark Thomas presents The Firesign Theatre live, on Wednesday evening at half past six.