Garrison Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota, and began his radio career as a freshman at the University of Minnesota, from which he graduated in 1966. He went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969, and from July 6, 1974 through July 1, 2016, he created and hosted his popular variety show, A Prairie Home Companion, for some 3.5 million listeners on 700 public radio stations coast to coast and beyond. Keillor has been honored with Grammy, ACE, and George Foster Peabody awards, the National Humanities Medal, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His many books include Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance, Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny, and The Keillor Reader (Viking). He is the host of the daily program The Writer’s Almanac and the editor of several anthologies of poetry, most recently, Good Poems: American Places (Viking). In 2006, Keillor played himself in the movie adaptation of his show, a film directed by Robert Altman. In 2007, he opened an independent bookstore, Common Good Books, in St. Paul, the city where he and his wife make their home.
Keillor has been crossing the country with his Prairie Home Love & Comedy Tour, and is taking a quick detour from that 28-city road trip to return to Minnesota for a special Farewell to the Fair performance, which will be broadcast live and mark his final appearance at the Minnesota State Fair.
The Minnesota Show with Garrison Keillor, will feature fan favorites such as Guy Noir, Private Eye from the Royal Academy of Radio Actors—Invisible Tim Russell, Sue (Sugar) Scott, and the Fred Newman Experience. The maestro himself, pianist Richard Dworsky will be leading the Dworsky Orchestra, (Richard Kriehn, Chris Siebold & Larry Kohut). Plus The Steele Sisters, Jearlyn & Jevetta will be bringing down the house, and the show will feature two of the show’s favorite duet partners, Heather Masse and Aoife O’Donovan. Fourteen local fiddle players—including Peter Ostroushko, Pop Wagner and Mary DuShane, all of whom date back to the earliest days of Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion show—The State Fair All-Star Fiddle Formation, plus to round things out, a pair of cloggers has been added to the lineup!
The show will also feature Keillor’s famous standing intermission and sing-along with the audience, and, as it’s been a “quiet year” in Lake Wobegon, Garrison will have all the “News” and then some during his signature monologue.
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