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PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION AND GARRISON KEILLOR GET THEIR DUE ON AMERICAN MASTERS

July 4th, 2010 · No Comments · Social Commentary

Two shows I love are on PBS (well actually a lot more). Globetrekker (especially when Ian Wright is the traveler), on television and A Prairie Home Companion starring Garrison Keillor on NPR Radio. See last nights blog post for Globetrekker and my disappointment regarding both Ian Wright and Globetrekker’s worst episode (on of all places Republic of Georgia).

But today – PBS at least – has quickly restored my faith.

American Masters follows one of America’s foremost humorists and social commentators, Garrison Keillor as he takes his roadshow full of characters, skits and monologues a la the old radio format along with special musical guests across the country every week in his popular radio show, A Prairie Home Companion on NPR.

It’s beyond just funny – and certainly people who like or grew up on Jack Ass or Jersey Shore most likely wont get it. I’m always amazed on Leno when Jay does his “Jay Walking” segment – how, well, stupid people really are. The dumbest of dumb questions people can’t answer. Like – where is the land of the Pharoahs?

“Don’t Know.”

“I’ll give you a hint…. It’s in the same place as the Nile River….”

“Sorry still don’t know.”

“It’s where the pyramids are….”

“Israel?”

That’s the subject of previous and for sure future posts as well. But I was struck by a piece on American Masters (here’s a hint guys – left leaning slant aside – watch Public Television and you have a chance of growing up smarter), about Garrison Keillor (pronounced “keeler”). Sure people can look up the old radio serials (those of us who are so inclined and are still alive), on YouTube. For instance – I showed my 10 year old stepson Nodari Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First” skit. It held his interest for not even 10 seconds.

But here’s this guy who is keeping the form alive and usually does so from small town Amercia venues across the country at state fairs and the like. A lot of his stories and humorous recollections are of his childhood and a place he made up “Lake Wobegon” which is somewhere in the upper midwest in Minnesota. His skits are ones most of us can identify with, just from a simpler time when there were no iPhones, or Blackberrys, internet or texting.

He got his start reading the news on radio at his college and after the year was almost over they discovered that the transmittor had never been on. Another story was when at age 55 he had a daughter and was changing her diaper (can I relate), and she scooted away over the freshly waxed floors only to discover she’d not finished yet…”

The show is about an hour or two long and full of quirky small town stories and everyday characters, mixed with a humorist approach – like the detective “Guy Noir”. “It was raining in the big city…” What really makes an impact is his ability to relate to audiences from as diverse as in Appalachia to ones in New York at Town Hall. He’s got a band, a cast, sound effects, and essentially a whole troop with him.

CLICK FOR A LOOK AT THE MAN BEHIND PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION GARRISON KEILLOR

CLICK FOR A LOOK AT THE MAN BEHIND PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION GARRISON KEILLOR

Click on the image above to see the show on American Masters about Garrison Keillor and his incredibly interesting life.

Still In Beta, GCMP.tv syndicates to 150 Viral Video and Social Media Sites as well as mobile content to 70 countries. A little about myself, I head the digital media and emerging technologies division of GCMP.tv. In addition to being a leading New York media strategist, Brian specializes in social commerce, webcasting, building your own network (BYON), ghostwriting and blogging. iProgram specializes in Live To Phone Technologies, mobile video and marketing strategies from its base in New York City.

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