It's Only A Show is the newest Garrison Keillor CD. It is a Prairie Home Companion compilation from HighBridge Audio, home of everything Keillor. The idea behind this 2 skit comedy CD set of funny songs, serious tunes, fake comic commercials like Beebopareebop, Rhubarb Pie and Bertha's Kitty Boutique, the usual humorous skits (Lives Of The Cowboys, English Majors, Guy Noir) from Garrison Keillor's Public Radio show, and, of course the News From Lake Wobegon, is to give regular listeners of A Prairie Home Companion a home or car version of this very entertaining and by now legendary radio show. It is also ideal for those listeners who gave up on Garrison Keillor's show because it has become somewhat politically shrill over the last few years.
This is a high quality 2 sketch and funny story comedy CD set of some of the best from Prairie Home Companion over the last eight or so years. Although nine of the tracks here are reprised from previous collections, an interesting decision considering there is more than enough material in a given season to put together a dozen or so solid comedy CDs, there is enough previously unavailable material to make It's Only A Show something Garrison Keillor fans and something people who like a variety of funny stuff on a CD a solid addition to any collection.
Most fans of Prairie Home Companion will want to know about the News From Lake Wobegon (Woebegone to some) tracks. There is one per CD on It's Only A Show. The School Forest, on CD 1, could have used a better title. It is really about the Mist County Fair, the story of the Johnson Sisters, perennial runner-ups to the Lennon Sisters, and the importance of being an extremely gracious winner. The News From Lake Wobegon on the second CD is the sad story of Jimmy the bus driver and a rare instance where a Lake Wobegon misfit is not somehow grudgingly accepted. This story is also reminiscence of days of old where children we set free unsupervised to explore life on their own.
There are also many comedy skits on A Prairie Home Companion It's Only A Show. CD 2 starts off with the story of Ruth Harrison, Reference Librarian in a somewhat messy but funny skit about a spinster librarian, a guy who cuts out pages from rare books, and the skeleton who lives in the library basement. Professional Association of English Majors shows how a degree in English can help your marriage when your wife asks the inevitable, "Notice anything different about me?" The Guy Noir story on this cd has the hard-boiled detective in Santa Monica watching a movie being made. The Lunchtime Jamboree is one of the many versions of the story of Carson Weillor, radio star.
Comedy skits on the first CD in the A Prairie Home Companion It's Only A Show set features a great Beebopareebop, Rhubarb Pie story about a job interview gone very, very bad, and a fun Bertha's Kitty Boutique fake commercial (a cd of the best of Bertha's Kitty Boutique would definitely be a hit with cat lovers everywhere). Of course, there is a Lives of the Cowboys story, this time it is about Dusty taking up poetry writing. Brilliant stx man Tom Keith is featured and asked to show off his talents in Tom Keith, Northern Woodsman. The CD closes with The Ten-Minute MacBeth, a really funny version of Shakespeare's classic featuring the imitated voices of Mister Rogers, Henry Kissinger, Jack Nicholson, and Julia Childs.
Music is the cornerstone of Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion and, of course, this 2 comedy CD set features the variety of music the show is known for. The first CD features the honky tonk Oh Sister, Ain't That Hot by the Guy's All Star Show Ban; Dr. Wang, a four hand piano duet; Old Yazoo (by the Show Band); the country western sounding Roly Poly, and a love song titled Under the Stars. CD 2 features the Guy's All Star Shoe Band playing Wolverine Blues and Frisco Town. The Hopeful Gospel Quartet gives its rendition of Walk Over God's Heaven, while verybody, including Al Franken gets into The Lunchtime Jamboree.
Oh Sister Ain't That Hot (from A Prairie Home Companion 25th Anniversary Collection)
Beebopareebop, Rhubarb Pie (Nov. 7, 1998)
Bertha's Kitty Boutique (Dec. 15, 2001 and from Commercial Radio)
Dr. Wang (Jan. 15, 2005)
The Lives Of The Cowboys (Jan. 22, 2005)
Old Yazoo (from Guy's All-Star Shoe Band: Shake It, Break It and Hang It On The Wall)
Tom Keith, Northern Woodsman
News From Lake Wobegon: The School Forest (May 18, 2002 and from Home on the Prairie)
Under The Stars (April 17, 1997)
The Ten-Minute Macbeth (Nov. 9, 1996)
Ruth Harrison, Reference Librarian (Oct. 8, 2005)
Wolverine Blues (Guys All Star Shoe Band: Shake It, Break It and Hang It On The Wall)
Professional Association of English Majors (May 5, 2001)
Guy Noir: Movie Shoot (June 7, 2003 and The Adventures of Guy Noir)
Hula Lou (Feb 7, 1998 and A Prairie Home Companion 25th Anniversary Collection)
News From Lake Wobegon: Jimmy, Our Bus Driver (March 1, 2003 and Home On The Prairie)
Walk Over God's Heaven (Jan. 30, 1999 and A Prairie Home Companion 25th Anniversary Collection)
Frisco Town (Oct 20, 2001)
The Lunchtime Jamboree (April 16, 2005
Other Garrison Keillor Reviews
The Christmas Companion With Garrison Keillor: 2 comedy CD set great stocking stuffer
The Adventures Of Guy Noir: Fans of Prairie Home Companion will certainly enjoy this two sketch comedy CD set
Local Man Moves To The City: different from what you are used to on the Prairie Home Companion show.
Comedy Theater: For those who remember a kinder, gentler Prairie Home Companion
Gospel Birds: This Garrison Keillor CD is definitely better than what we have heard in the last couple of years or so as News From Lake Wobegone
Guy Noir Radio Private Eye: Radio Private Eye is only one of two Garrison Keillor CD collections of Guy Noir stories
More News From Lake Wobegon: the stories from More News From Lake Wobegon are funny
Dusty And Lefty The Lives Of The Cowboys: 6 complete stories on this 10-track cowboy comedy CD
Songs Of The Cat: Any cat lover must have this very funny Garrison Keillor CD
Mother, Father, Uncle, Aunt: 2 Garrison Keillor CD set from when Wobegon was not political.
WLT A Radio Romance: How often do you get to suggest to a novelist to stick to the news?
A Prairie Home Companion Commercial Radio: great compilation comedy CD of Prairie Home Companion commercials
A Prairie Home Companion 10th Anniversary: A less preachy time in Lake Wobegon history.
A Prairie Home Companion - The Movie: Decent movie version of Garrisson Keillor Lake Wobegone radio show
Never Better Stories From Lake Wobegon: 10 News From Lake Wobegon on 2 CDs. Good stuff all around.
Lake Wobegon Loyalty Days: includes perhaps Garrison Keillor's best track ever: The Young Lutheran's Guide to the Orchestra.
Pontoon A Lake Wobegon Novel - Audio Book - Capsule Review: A bowling ball containing the ashes of a Lake Wobegon resident is scheduled to be dropped in the lake as another is having a wedding ceremony on it.
Pontoon A Lake Wobegon Novel - Audio Book Full Review: Better as an audiobook than as a paperback.
More News From Lake Wobegon - Hope: CD reissue of 1989 More News From Lake Wobegon set. A kindler, gentler time and stories
More News From Lake Wobegon - Faith: 4 News segments: Rotten Apples, O Death, The Wise Men, and A trip to Grand Rapids.
English Majors A comedy collection for the highly literate: Perfect gift for the college graduate and funny too.
A Prairie Home Companion - Duets: A who's who of music and the American songbook.
A Prairie Home Companion 4th Annual Farewell Performance: A 2 CD Prairie Home Companion set with more music and less talk.
A Prairie Home Companion 2nd Annual Farewell Performance: A few skits, lots of music including the Everly Brothers: a solid show
A Prairie Home Companion Final Performance: The first final performance. Good but not the best.
A Prairie Home Companion 3rd Annual Farewell Performance: Good stuff including a 2 part 40-minute News From Lake Wobegon
Tourists: Prairie Home Companion CD of esoteric music like klezmer, balalaika, and zydeco
Liberty - A Lake Wobegon Novel - Audio Book: One of the better Lake Wobegon novels, this Garrison Keillor audio book is darker and features some adult situations.
Lake Wobegon USA - Fertility: Prairie Home Companion CD reissue. Finally
Lake Wobegon USA - Patience: Features Aunt Ellie, Duke's 25th, and You're Not the Only One.
Lake Wobegon USA - Youth: Features Blue Devils, Nostalgia, O Christmas Tree, Pageant, and Messy Shoes
Lake Wobegon USA - Rhubarb: Includes Rhubarb, Yellow Ribbon, Sweet Corn, and The Sun's Gonna Shine Someday
Even More Pretty Good Jokes 2CD set: Best of the last 3 years of the Prairie Home Companion Joke Show
A Christmas Blizzard: A non-Lake Wobegon Christmas yarn is decent enough.
Prairie Home Comedy - Radio Songs & Sketches: Lots and lots of musical comedy plus some short skits.
Church People - The Lutherans of Lake Wobegon: Lots of Lutheran based humor the kids are not going to get.
Motherhood: Not quite as good as expected and very loosely about motherhood
Summer Love: A mostly musical record of the Prairie Home Companion 2010 tour in a country western vein.
My Little Town - Stories From Lake Wobegon: 3 CD set includes the story of the Inqvist s departure.