What Garrison Keillor wants you to know about coming to his show…
Posted Jul 12, 2017
Garrison Keillor has been to the Fox Cities P.A.C. before. The voice most well-known for A Prairie Home Companion has since turned over the classic radio broadcast to Chris Thile, but that doesn’t mean he’s left Lake Wobegon behind. Now, Keillor brings his Prairie Home Love and Comedy Tour to the Fox Cities and in a recent Q&A with the artist, we found out what he wants audiences to know about his new show.
Q: Last time you visited you had just started your farewell tour with A Prairie Home Companion. What made you want to continue touring in your own show?
A: Lake Wobegon goes on and there’s more to say about the Krebsbachs and Bunsens and the crowd at the Sidetrack Tap and Dellwood the sweet tenor who lost his faith. And Heather Masse and I have new duets to do and the Coast-to-Coast Show Band is ever on its game. And Fred Newman and I have an exciting “Lives of the Cowboys” radio drama from Yellow Gulch with a B-girl and a crazed felon and me as Lefty. And summer nights in the Midwest are so glorious and when you hear a whole crowd sing “My country tis of thee” and “Swing low, sweet chariot,” it becomes even more so.
Q: What should people expect when they attend this show?
A: They expect it to start on time, which generally means about ten minutes late. In Appleton, people arrive for a show and run into friends in the lobby and there are certain social obligations, which take time, and those with a lot of friends are late getting to their seats, and we allow a grace period of about ten minutes before we start taking down names of the tardy.
Q: What do you hope people take away from your performance?
A: Everything they brought with them, especially car keys and purses and medications.
Q: Finish this sentence. I’m most excited to return to Appleton because…
A: It’s exciting to start the national tour in Appleton, close to home. I’m 75 and have been running around with this show for a lot of years and every time we hit the road it’s like the first time out of the chute. Between the love songs and the Norwegian bachelor farmers and the Ketchup Advisory Board commercial and the singing dolphins, there isn’t another show like it and I want people to get something good from it they can’t get elsewhere. I didn’t go into the business because I loved bright lights. It’s a radio show and people seem to want to see it so off we go once more.