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Firesign Press Release - 10/9/2017

Phil Proctor's Memoir
Where's My Fortune Cookie
Now Available!

Where's My Fortune Cookie - book cover

Phil Proctor's Memoir Where's My Fortune Cookie? ...

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WHERE'S MY FORTUNE COOKIE? My Psychic, Psurrealistic Pstory
by Firesign Theatre's Phil Proctor and Brad Schreiber

Phil Proctor, co-founder of the legendary, surrealist comedy group The Firesign Theatre, has fashioned the most outrageous, eclectic autobiography intergalactically conceivable. It covers his Amish/Irish origins, leading inexplicably to work on Broadway, radio, TV, film, and with the Firesign Theatre, creating the most revolutionary comedy recordings ever made. Phil, with Peter Bergman, Phil Austin and David Ossman, predicted reality TV, hackers, computer viruses, virtual reality, the fall of the Soviet Union, 9/11 and more.

Major moments of mind-melting madness in Where's My Fortune Cookie?:

  • Phil and Firesign partner Peter Bergman survive a mass shooting in a San Francisco Chinatown restaurant, predicted months before by a psychic friend.
  • Phil's first film, Henry Jaglom's A Safe Place, with Orson Welles, Tuesday Wells and Jack Nicholson, and wild interactions with Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Jerry Lewis, Bob Marley, Peter Fonda and many more.
  • Revelations of psychic phenomena and contacts with extraterrestrials that began in Phil's childhood and continue to this day.
  • His strange relationship to the Sharon Tate murders.
  • Personal insights into the trials and triumphs of being a part of "The Beatles of Comedy" for over 50 years which began by sitting on Yale alumni Bergman's face during the Sunset Strip riots.
  • His adventures in animation, starting with The Smurfs, a 14-year run as Howard on Rugrats and roles in many Disney and Pixar's Academy-award-winning films.
  • Phil's commitment to live and audio presentations by authors from L. Ron Hubbard to Agatha Christie.
  • Phil's spiritual relationship to the Amish life, atheism, organized religions and participation in the long-running Christian comic serial, Adventures in Odyssey.

Whether it's a brilliant analysis of the USSR which Phil visited in 1959 as part of the Yale Russian Chorus or insight into the art of voice-over acting, Where's My Fortune Cookie?, with over 100 remarkable photos, is an autobiography like no other.


"I met Phil Proctor when I was just a small, feral child living in the woods on grubs and berries. He took me in, raised me as his own, and taught me how to be funny. The fact that my entire childhood was omitted from Phil's otherwise complete and compelling memoir is disconcerting to say the least, but it's still a fascinating read, I guess."
- "Weird Al" Yankovic

"I used to hitchhike around the country, following Proctor and Bergman to see their shows. Phil finally took a liking to me and gave me important advice about showbiz that still serves me today. That advice is sprinkled throughout this book. Read it."
- Penn Jillette

"I thought I was a pretty smart guy but after reading Phil's amazing story, I have to admit that - Everything I Know Is Wrong."
- Thom Hartmann, author, radio/TV host, "The Thom Hartmann Show"

"Phil Proctor has lived many colorful lives and made a sizable dent in our popular culture. I'm glad he's given us this warm, funny, thoughtful memoir."
- Leonard Maltin

Phil Proctor is a founding member of the Firesign Theatre, the three-time Emmy nominated comedy group named by Entertainment Weekly as "one of the thirty greatest acts of all time." Among his astounding credits are The Sound of Music on Broadway, the Emmy Award-winning children's series Rugrats and films like the Academy Award winning Finding Nemo, Spirited Away, Dr. Dolittle and Monsters, Inc.

Brad Schreiber is an author, screenwriter, producer and literary consultant. His book Becoming Jimi Hendrix was called "fascinating" by the New York Times and chosen for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame library. Revolution's End, his secret history of Patty Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army, won awards from the International Book Awards and the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Where's My Fortune Cookie? is published by Parallel Worlds

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