Comedy Theater


1997 Grammy® Award nominee
1996 Listen Up Award—Best Humor

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.

This Man This Woman; Taking a Chance on Love; Bertha's Kitty Boutique: Cat Box Video; Greenwich Village Days; Cafe Boeuf: Secrets ...

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1997 Grammy® Award nominee
1996 Listen Up Award—Best Humor

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.

This Man This Woman; Taking a Chance on Love; Bertha's Kitty Boutique: Cat Box Video; Greenwich Village Days; Cafe Boeuf: Secrets of the Kitchen; Beebopareebop: The Operation; Cowboys: The Second Lefty; Famous Celebrities: New Years Eve; Just One of Those Things; Chicken Little-Starring Tom Keith; Beebopareebop: The Dream; Adventures in Ethics; Guy Noir, Private Eye: Tony Rigatoni; Fred Farrell Animal Calls; How I Met George Gershwin; Little House on the Desert; Silver Lining: Cold Weather; Mel's Big Boy Buffet; Newt; La Influenza; Lutheran's On-Line; Silver Lining: Getting Older; The Ketchup Advisory Board; Bemidji Fishing Opener Song; Beebopareebop: The Contest

Plus a bonus joke collection.

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Editorial Reviews

Boston Sunday Globe
Garrison Keillor wins. After a recent binge on comedy tapes. I am forced to admit that the best and brightest material I found was culled from his "A Prairie Home Companion" radio series. But Keillor's two most recent audio programs ("Garrison Keillor's Comedy Theater" and "Mother Father Uncle Aunt") are extremely well produced and among the only material that made me chuckle from beginning to end. If you only want one, opt for "Garrison Keillor's Comedy Theater." Highlighting some of the wittier sketches from 1991 through 1996, the routines range from "Adventures in Ethics" to "La Influenza." Even better are the bonus highlights culled from two joke shows, in which all manner of jokes are rattled off by theme. These are most appreciated for not being politically correct and promise to offend everyone without being unnecessarily ribald [brought to you by HighBridge Audio]. -- ( Mar. 8, 1998 )
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Garrison Keillor and a large cast create many memorable moments in this production as they amble their way through a dozen or so sketches, from "Guy Noir" to "Adventures in Ethics." But, by far, the funniest segment is "Newt," which is kind of a Democratic Party member's salute to Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, a Republican. Just as entertaining is the package's bonus "Joke Show" tape. In our current era of political correctness, someone will certainly find something on this tape to fuss about [brought to you by HighBridge Audio]. ( June 22, 1997 )
Grammy Award Nominee for the Best Spoken Comedy of 1997 [brought to you by HighBridge Audio].
The Christian Science Monitor
Add this latest recording to your collection of prized recordings from "A Prairie Home Companion" [brought to you by HighBridge Audio]. Some careful post-production editing seems to have enhanced the timing from piece to piece and suppressed the live audience, enabling audio listeners to hear the material better....Keillor's extraordinary ability to host a show is evident. His infectious humor and good writing, plus a talented cast, make a program that those of all ages will enjoy....Audio programs may have a new callingit's so much easier to learn a joke by listening a couple of times than by reading it! The zingers are there to be loved and retold. -- ( June 26, 1997 )
Library Journal
"Okay, so a chicken goes into the library...." It's going to be worth buying this collection if only to hear the setup for this groanerlet alone the punchline. Keillor and ensemble have such a wonderful way with gentle satire and screwball comedy, e.g., the Ethics Workshop, which features the story of a sleazy talk show host"The Limbaugh of Liberals"who misses out on the big bucks because of his nagging conscience. Visit with the famous as they celebrate New Year'snotably Julia Child, spending the holidays in North Dakota. Mister Rogers is featured in a commercial for his catbox video from Bertha's Kitty Boutique. The third cassette is full of the funniest (and possibly the oldest) corny jokes ever. The recording is well produced. The sketches are supported by music and sound effects and a laugh track that enhances the voices. All public libraries will want to consider adding this production.Barbara Valle, El Paso P.L, Tex.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565111837
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 3/21/1997
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Original radio broadcast; 3 hours on 3 CDs
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 5.88 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Garrison Keillor

GARRISON KEILLOR is America’s favorite storyteller. For more than 35 years, as the host of A Prairie Home Companion, he has captivated millions of listeners with his weekly News from Lake Wobegon monologues. A Prairie Home Companion is heard on hundreds of public radio stations, as well as America One, the Armed Forces Networks, Sirius Satellite Radio, and via a live audio webcast. 
Keillor is also the author of several books and a frequent contributor to national publications including Time, The New Yorker, and National Geographic, in addition to writing his own syndicated column. He has been awarded a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment of the Humanities. When not touring, he resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Garrison Keillor is the author of thirteen books, including Lake Wobegon Summer 1956, Wobegon Boy, and Lake Wobegon Days. From 1999-2001, Keillor wrote a column "Dear Mr. Blue: Advice for Lovers and Writers" on Keillor's popular Saturday-night public radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, is in its twenty-seventh season. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and daughter.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Gary Edward Keillor (real name)
      Garrison Keillor
    2. Hometown:
      St. Paul, Minnesota
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 7, 1942
    2. Place of Birth:
      Anoka, Minnesota
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Minnesota, 1966

Table of Contents

This Man This Woman

Taking a Chance on Love

Bertha's Kitty Boutique: Cat Box Video

Greenwich Village Days

Beebopareebop: The Operation

Cowboys: The Second Lefty

Famous Celebrities: New Year's Eve

Just One Of Those Things

Chicken Little — Starring Tom Keith

Adventures in Ethics

Guy Noir, Private Eye: Tony Rigatoni

Fred Farrell Animal Calls

How I Met George Gershwin

Silver Lining: Cold Weather

Mel's Big Boy Buffet


La Influenza

Lutherans On-Line

Silver Lining: Getting Older

The Ketchup Advisory Board

Bemidji Fishing Opener Song

Beebopareebop: The Contest

Bonus Joke Show tape

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