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Occupation  Comedian/writer
Education  Bowdoin College
Role  Comedian

Name  Phil Austin
Years active  1966–2015
Music group  The Firesign Theatre
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Full Name  Philip Baine Austin
Born  April 6, 1941 (1941-04-06) Denver, Colorado, United States
Died  June 18, 2015, Fox Island, Washington, United States
Movies  Zachariah, Everything You Know Is Wrong, City of Shoulders and Noses
Albums  I Think We're All Bozos on, How Can You Be in Two Plac, The Tale of the Giant Rat of Su, Give Me Immortality or Give M, Boom Dot Bust
Similar People  David Ossman, Philip Proctor, George Englund, John Rubinstein, Hermann Hesse

Remembering Syd Lieberman, Chris Squire, Jack Carter, Phil Austin

Philip Baine "Phil" Austin (April 6, 1941 – June 19, 2015) was a comedian and writer, best known as a member of The Firesign Theatre.


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Tribute to Phil Austin Firesign Theatre 1941-2015


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Austin was born in Denver, Colorado and later grew up in Fresno, California, attending Fresno High School. His mother was a drama teacher which influenced his upbringing as an actor. He attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine because it was the most distant point in the continental United States from Fresno. He also attended Fresno State College and UCLA, but did not graduate from any of them. In Los Angeles in the late 1960s, he was one of the first apprentices for the Center Theatre Group and worked on the staff of KPFK radio in Los Angeles. At KPFK he worked with other staffers David Ossman and Peter Bergman who hosted Radio Free Oz on that station. Not to be confused with the soap actor of the same name. Along with Bergman's friend Phil Proctor, they formed The Firesign Theatre.

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Starting as live radio actors, the group would go on to record a series of surrealistic comedy albums that were a hit amongst an underground audience. Austin played the group's best-known creation, private investigator Nick Danger. Other prominent roles were as Harry (Happy) Cox, the narrator of Everything You Know Is Wrong and Bebop Loco/Lobo on Give Me Immortality or Give Me Death. He had also served as the troupe's musician and record producer.

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"It was those comments, the off-mic things, that made Phil so funny. He was the most surreal writer of all of us."

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His collection of short stories, Tales of the Old Detective and Other Big Fat Lies, is published by Audio Editions. Two of his stories appear in the third volume of Mirth of a Nation.

Austin also wrote a solo work, Roller Maidens From Outer Space, and directed (and acted in) Eat Or Be Eaten.

Stage versions of Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers; The Further Adventures of Nick Danger, Third Eye; Waiting for the Electrician or Someone Like Him; and Temporarily Humboldt County are published by Broadway Play Publishing Inc..

Austin died of at his home in Fox Island, Washington on June 19, 2015 at the age of 74. The cause of death was originally given as cardiac arrest, but this was later changed to an aneurysm. He also had cancer.


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