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The Bard of Blast
Steve Wolf's pyro-antics are poetry in motion
"...that's the dull stuff. But for Austin-based stuntman and pyro expert Steve Wolf, engineering is fun. "We do nothing..."

June 13, 2008 Features Feature by Richard Whittaker

What Goes Up
In their new show What Goes Up, advertising "40 percent new Idiocy," those juggling, bantering fools the Flaming Idiots incorporate a Sam Hurt cartoon, giant puppet limbs, and lots of audience participation for a family-friendly show guaranteed to get you on your feet and clapping.
"...Flaming Idiots, masters of banter of all kinds. Gyro, Pyro, and Walter (it would be a shame to give..."

May 24, 2002 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Professors of Pleasure
Their name may suggest a lack of intelligence, but make no mistake, the Flaming Idiots are wise men when it comes to comedy.
"...to fans of the trio as the manically exuberant Pyro, notes, "People watch our show, and what they see..."

Dec. 22, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Post Malone Loosens Fireworks Fit for the Fourth of July on the Erwin Center
Dallas-reared megastar packs arena with hits, moves, and pyro
"...set began with “Hollywood's Bleeding,” “Better Now,” and deafening pyrotechnics. Simple hooks sound masterful when belted by 10,000-plus people...."

March 11, 2020 Music Post by Derek Udensi

The Flaming Idiots Reviewed
"...Who would think three guys -- Gyro, Pyro, and Walter, they call themselves -- would juggle beanbag..."

Dec. 22, 2000 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Tyler, the Creator Answers ACL’s Call
Hip-hop great delivers a solid, if anticlimactic, performance
"...June 2021 LP properly opened the 84-minute set with pyro matching the track’s abrasive tone. The lovely stage setup..."

Oct. 4, 2021 Music Post by Derek Udensi

Need to Flip a Car or Burn a Building Down? Call EB3 Effects.
How brothers Everett and Craig Byrom went from building maintenance to making movies
"...said Everett. "The guy who's in charge of the pyro miniatures, Robert Hutchins, was walking down the hall, and..."

Aug. 24, 2018 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Being Alice Cooper
Detroit legend’s six degrees of separation from all rock
"...of video. We don’t really use that kind of pyro; he uses that kind of pyro. So he did..."

Aug. 17, 2016 Music Post by Bryan Rolli

Mad Max: Fury Road
Glorious action cinema abounds on Fury Road
"...damage, brain damage, and enough practical, non-CGI, vehicular and pyro gags to make Stunt Rock feel like Goodnight Moon...."

May 15, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Housecore Horror Preview: Voivod
Nuclear winter’s never far from the Canadian thrashers
"...with Celtic Frost in ‘86 we had the homemade pyros. They totally freaked out at the border [laughs]. We..."

Oct. 23, 2014 Music Post by Adam Ganderson

The Flaming Idiots
This comic spectacle is pretty much the same as ever, but no complaints here
"...yes, it's been six years since Zach Theatre regulars Pyro, Gyro, and Walter galumphed across the boards of the..."

Feb. 26, 2010 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

X-Men: The Last Stand
This third outing in the franchise lays on the subtext even more heavily than its predecessors – racial, gender, and sexual politics are all over the place, as are the multiple strands of the story line.
"...Rogue pines for Iceman, Iceman busts a move on Pyro, Rogue goes human, ad infinitum – to gag even..."

May 26, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Flaming Idiots
As long as the Flaming Idiots are juggling and making fun onstage at the Zachary Scott Theatre Center, you won't care about anything but the pure pleasure they let you experience.
"...of many that these idiots perform. They call themselves Pyro, Gyro, and Walter (Jon O'Connor, Rob Williams, and Kevin..."

Dec. 12, 2003 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
"...thought not – they’re all too busy dodging overzealous pyro-technicians and driving cars cooler than the Batmobile. As the..."

July 11, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Vanessa Pla Unpacks 10 of Her Magical Music Videos
Inside the busy director’s creations for Tele Novella, Night Beats, and more
"...fun when you do it carefully. We had a pyro team explode it. It was beautiful. I think Jake..."

Dec. 29, 2023 Music Feature by Carys Anderson

No Repeats, No Regrets: Metallica Catches Lightning in Arlington, Twice
Symmetrical nights on the M72 World Tour dug deeper into the catalog
"...Friday, "Whiskey in the Jar" on Sunday); and a pyro display you felt on your eyebrows, synced to a..."

Aug. 21, 2023 Music Post by Austin Powell

The War for Change in Kandahar
How Austin filmmaker Ric Roman Waugh made the first major Western film in Saudi Arabia since Lawrence of Arabia
"...surprise that people panicked when one of their massive pyro effects shook the windows of an airport 5 miles..."

May 26, 2023 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Austin FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes at Q2 Stadium
"...Pyro erupts at the conclusion of the national anthem to..."

June 21, 2021 Photo Gallery

The Luv Doc: Feeding Pigeons
Toddlers have a lot of cartilage, don't they?
"...I will admit to being a bit of a pyro, but that is just ridiculous. So I decided to..."

Dec. 23, 2016 Column by The Luv Doc

Welcome to Carnage Park
Director Mickey Keating's SXSW shocker reaches VOD
"...a tight budget there was a narrow window with pyro and cast and marshal in place. Of course, Keating..."

July 1, 2016 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Education Is the Next Punk Rock
Hands-on learning for those interested in the music business
"...than muffins. After all, what's a lecture without stage pyro? He said, "You have to engage students first, and..."

March 4, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Q&A: Mike Watt
Econo-jamming bass man headlines an alternate ACL
"...You mentioned Perry Farrell. I remember buying Porno for Pyro’s Good God’s Urge when it came out and being..."

Oct. 1, 2015 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Voivod
Fri., 10:50pm, Emo's
"...well," utters Langevin, who adds that anyone hoping for pyro from Voivod at Housecore Horror will have to go..."

Oct. 24, 2014 Music Feature by Adam Ganderson

Cop Shoot Cop
APD shoots PSA in ATX
"...concerns are more pressing than their quest for costly pyro effects and/or fender bending vehicular gags...."

April 23, 2012 Screens Post by Marc Savlov

Sittin' on a Red Hot Stove
A Q&A with Charles Sanders, Jr. of Kool & Together
"...that stuff. We blew them away with all those pyro effects. I’m a headbanger to this day. I’m 57,..."

Oct. 6, 2011 Music Post by Thomas Fawcett

TapeLenders/Skivvies
Don't get your manties in a wad. Buy some new ones as gifts instead!
"...the hysterical boxers aisle at Wal-Mart. Metro-, pomo-, and pyro-sexuals alike may revel in the panoply of underpants that..."

Dec. 16, 2009 Design Post by Kate X Messer

Feast Your Eyes on This
SXSW Film Conference announces panels with an eye toward the visual arts
"...how live effects can put your project over-the-top. Explosions, Pyro, Snow, Rain, Smoke, Fire, Bullet Hits and Stunts add..."

Nov. 17, 2009 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

Hanging Up the Torches
After 20 years of juggling fire and other foolery, the Flaming Idiots are calling it quits.
"...will bid adieu to their comic alter egos of Pyro, Gyro, and Walter and close the lid on their..."

Dec. 26, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Articulations
The renovation of Laguna Gloria is a go, Charo is not, and Flaming Idiot Rob Williams whips up one of his bologna specials for Katie Couric.
"...and partners Kevin Hunt and Jon O'Connor -- aka Pyro and Walter, respectively -- deliver the Idiots' new show,..."

April 26, 2002 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Articulations
Pat Jasper leaves Texas Folklife Resources, and a pair of Zachary Scott Theatre Center shows get good out-of-town press.
"...theatre. "This welcome return visit by Gyro (Rob Williams), Pyro (Jon O'Connor), and Walter (Kevin Hunt) is an appealing..."

Dec. 21, 2001 Arts Column by Robert Faires

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