Garrison Keillor's Comedy Theater: Volume 2 of Prairie Home Companion

Version: Unabridged
Author: Garrison Keillor
Narrator: Garrison Keillor
Genres: Comedy
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Published In: March 1997
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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Enjoy the best of Garrison Keillor's comic fables from A Prairie Home Companion, all about true love and other tribulations, brought to life by a cast of brilliant radio actors.

A woman stupefied by New Age music realizes, "Feeling good isn't the same as having a life." Talk-show host Tom Paine (The Liberal's Limbaugh) struggles with his tiny conscience in "Adventures in Ethics." Passionate mismatched lovers lurch toward each other in "Anothe One of Those Things" and in the opera "La Influenza." Here are the whiskey-drinking Scrabble-playing cowboys, the homebody husband and his glamorous CEO wife, and the Silver Lining man who believes in cheerfulness as he slogs from one defeat to another, plus Famous Celebrities, Bebopareebop Rhubarb Pie, Bertha's and LOL (Lutherans on Line).

Reviews (5)

Comedy Theater

Written by Peggy Stortz on November 15th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Although a friend of mine thought that these CDs were hilarious, I prefer the stories of life in Lake Woebegone.

Garrison Keillor's Comedy Theater

Written by Michael Scott from Santa Cruz, CA on November 13th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This selection really came at a good time for me. Garrison Keillor's works always put me in a good space, making me long for home, childhood, and family. What a great way to pass the time, commuting to / from work. I only wish his show went on the road more often, and to more locations.


Written by Wanda Taylor on November 5th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I miss jokes that are clean and lifestyles that are simply about family and kindness. Mr. Keillor and his immensley talented troupe take me back to a simple, less stressful time. Paula Poundstone is very funny during the joke portion.

Modern-Day Old-Time Radio

Written by David Land from San Jose, CA on October 19th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

If you're familiar with Keillor's erudite, home-spun charm, his shy, outrageous persona, his thoroughly modern, wonderfully old-fashioned style of radio drama and humor, you'll find just what you want in this collection of mid-90s skits from his Prarie Home Companion show. If you aren't, you'll either "get it" right away or you won't. Many who hear his show for the first time get right into its eclectic mix of folksy, small-town humor and intelligent, big-city sophistication. The show's Minnesota roots and it's New York period are both very much in evidence here. You wouldn't expect that a show that pretends to come from a tiny town on the prairie would be best enjoyed with a liberal arts degree under one's belt, but that's Keillor's speciality. Then again, lots of intelligent, witty people hear Kiellor and simply shrug their shoulders and say that they can see how someone might find it funny. I'm definitely the first kind: been a fan for more than 20 years.

Garrison Kellor's Comedy Theater

Written by Peggy Turrill on January 18th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I love this type of comedy. Some of it went on too much, but the majority of it was hilarious. Hard to drive and laugh until you cry at the same time.

Author Details

Author Details

Keillor, Garrison

Keillor was born in Anoka, Minnesota, the son of Grace Ruth (née Denham) and John Philip Keillor, who was a carpenter and postal worker.[1][2] He was raised in a family belonging to the Plymouth Brethren, a fundamentalist Christian denomination he has since left. He is six feet, three inches (1.9 m) tall[3] and is of part Scottish ancestry. Keillor is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. He is currently an Episcopalian,[4] but has been a Lutheran.[5] His religious roots are frequently worked into his material: he often remarks that most Minnesotans, being of Scandinavian descent, are Lutherans. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in English in 1966. While there, he began his broadcasting career on the student-operated radio station known today as Radio K.

Keillor has been married three times:

* To Mary Guntzel, from 1965 to 1976. The couple has one son, Jason, born in 1969.
* To Ulla Skaerved (a former exchange student from Denmark at Keillor's high school whom he famously reencountered at a class reunion), from 1985 to 1990.
* To violinist Jenny Lind Nilsson (b. 1958), who is from his hometown of Anoka, since 1995. They have one daughter, Maia, born in 1997.

Between his first two marriages he was also romantically involved with Margaret Moos, who worked as a producer of A Prairie Home Companion.[6]

The Keillors maintain homes on the Upper West Side of New York City and in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

His brother, the historian Steven Keillor, is also an author.

On Feb. 3, 2008, Keillor endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic Primary. In a letter to the Obama campaign, Keillor stated "I'm happy to support your candidacy, which is so full of promise for our country."[7][8]