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Comedy Reviews - CD - Garrison Keillor - Gospel Birds

Gospel Birds

A Prairie Home Companion CD
HighBridge Audio

This Garrison Keillor CD, Gospel Birds is yet another HighBridge Audio anthology of News From Lake Wobegon as heard on Prairie Home Companion. Like most Highbridge Audio CD sets, the packaging shows Keillor is an important part of their business. The stories on Gospel Birds are some of the best Keillor has ever told and definitely better than what we have heard in the last couple of years or so as News From Lake Wobegone.

Aside from a fairly weak entry, Sylvester Krueger's desk, a somewhat interesting  story about Garrison Keillor finding a name carved on a school desk and wondering what happened to that person, the other News From Lake Wobegon stories are quite funny and interesting. Babe Ruth Visits Lake Wobegon ( Woebegone ) is exactly about that but also about a father who has drilled his nine sons in the fine art of baseball and the confrontation between the father and Babe Ruth during a whistle stop the Bambino made in Lake Wobegon. The Tollerud's Korean Baby is about the Tollerud clan (they are many) going to the airport to welcome the latest addition to the family. Cynics would say this story shows how ethnocentric and white-bread Garrison Keillor and Prairie Home Companion can be as the Korean child in question has never been heard from again.

A Day at the Circus With Mazumbo, a funny Lake Wobegon ( Lake Woebegone to some) serves as a closer to a previous story on Garrison Keillor's Gospel Birds: Mammoth Concert Tickets. Mammoth Concert Tickets is about one of the kids from Lake Wobegon waiting outside a Minneapolis concert hall for concert tickets and being taken for a patsy by his friends. This story ends without an appropriate ending (a feature of many recent Lake Woebegone stories) when the mother thinks about destroying the tickets. The Mazumbo story ends that mystery.

Bruno the Fishing Dog is the original and only really funny story about Lake Wobegon's only fish-catching dog. Garrison Keillor has revived this old chestnut and done so in so many different ways so many times over the past few years I am starting to hope Bruno chokes on a fish bone one day. Still, the original is a funny story. Pastor Ingqvist's Trip to Orlando is exactly about that and is one of the funny Pastor Ingqvist stories.

If, as I have, you have grown jaded by Garrison Keillor's new personal soapbox version of Prairie Home Companion, get Gospel Birds. It will take you to a kindler, gentler time in Lake Woebegone.

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.

A Prairie Home Companion It's Only A Show: Prairie Home Companion compilation from HighBridge Audio,

Comedy Theater: For those who remember a kinder, gentler Prairie Home Companion

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.

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