Sunday, July 13, 2008

Heaven Week: In Heaven Everything Is Fine

Peter Ivers: In Heaven Everything Is Fine


Peter Ivers was an amazing artist in many mediums - as an university student, he worked for the Harvard Lampoon, where he befriended actors Stockard Channing, John Lithgow and future National Lampoon founder, Doug Kenney.

He created and hosted LA’s New Wave Theatre, which merged stand-up comedy, performance art, and Punk/New Wave. It also featured the earliest televised performances of Fear, The Dead Kennedys, 45 Grave, The Angry Samoans, The Plugz and The Circle Jerks. Unfortunately, it came to an end after Ivers' untimely murder in 1983. TV Party has a page where you can view clips of the show: New Wave Theatre.

Ivers wrote In Heaven Everything Is Fine for the soundtrack of David Lynch's Eraserhead. It's performed by The Lady in the Radiator (pictured above), played by Laurel Near and can be seen here.

For further information, I recommend the book, In Heaven Everything is Fine: The Unsolved Life of Peter Ivers and the Lost History of New Wave Theatre.

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