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[[redirect:Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion]]''A Prairie Home Companion'' may refer to:

* ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion'', the long-running radio variety show
* ''Film/APrairieHomeCompanion'', the 2006 movie about a radio variety show loosely based on the above
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-->''"Well, it's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, my hometown, out on the edge of the prairie."''
--->'''The traditional opener for the "News from Lake Wobegon" segment.'''

One of the more popular old-time {{radio}} {{variety show}}s still in existence, ''A Prairie Home Companion'' was created by Garrison Keillor in 1974 and continues to broadcast faithfully from St. Paul every Saturday to a totally loyal audience. It's popular for several reasons, chiefly nostalgia for the good old days of radio--which this is very, ''very'' evocative of--and Keillor's [[SignatureStyle distinctive]] [[DeadpanSnarker comedic style]].

Though the guest stars and location vary the segments almost always included are:
* '''The News from Lake Wobegon''': Garrison relates the goings-on in his (fictional) hometown of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota; as noted above, while it's always been a quiet week, a lot manages to happen quietly, considering the EccentricTownsfolk. This is the most beloved feature, and Keillor has written books about Lake Wobegon.
* '''Guy [[MeaningfulName Noir]]: [[HardboiledDetective Private Eye]]''': An AffectionateParody of, and {{homage}} to, the radio serials of the Thirties and Forties (and, of course, {{noir}} in general), delivered in PrivateEyeMonologue by Garrison and the inevitable LoveInterest with invariably tight clothing ("jeans so tight I could see the mint mark on the quarter in her pocket," for instance) as he tries to solve various cases of missing persons, pets, and items.
* '''The Lives of the Cowboys''': A humorous look at the archetypal {{cowboy}} and what his life would be like in the modern era. Dusty and Lefty reassure others that [[MistakenForGay they mean "partner" in the]] [[HaveAGayOldTime old sense]], ponder selling out, and occasionally get an off-the-wall episode such as "[[KillerRabbit the free-range chicken]]" (''"Look out! He's got a six-shooter!"'').
* '''{{Parody Commercial}}s''': Though they also advertise real products, they also always present a humorous fake product or two for sale, the most well known of which (because of its insane EarWorm of a {{Jingle}} that the band always turns into a Dixieland jam session) is "Powdermilk Biscuits - Gives shy people the strength to get up and do what needs to be done."
** '''The Catchup Advisory Board''': A spoof public service announcement informing the listeners about the "natural mellowing agents" of ketchup, done as a serious dialogue between an average homeowner and his wife, Barb. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic The intentional mispelling of Ketchup is meant to be a pun, nothing more.]] It always comes down to the SpoofAesop "eat more ketchup". (''Ketchup! Ketchuuup~!'')
** '''Beebop-A-Ree-Bop Rhubarb Pie''': In a similar vein to the Catchup Advisory Board, usually involves a long and drawn-out tale of failure and humiliation narrated by Garrison with appropriate sound effects. Always finishes with the catchy jingle and the phrase "Nothing gets the taste of humiliation out of your mouth like Beebop-A-Ree-Bop Rhubarb Pie."
* '''Shout-Outs''': Before the show, people in the audience write down their hellos and personal messages to their loved ones. Post-{{Intermission}}, Keillor tries to read as many as he can. (Example: Mick and Sharon want to say hi to Ed and Doris: Congratulations on the baby, Doris! Sorry we can't enjoy the cranberries and stuffing with you this year, but we'll see you next Thanksgiving, God willing. We promise to bring the oyster stuffing, and we also promise ''[[NoodleIncident not]]'' [[NoodleIncident to bring the dog]]!) This was actually a fairly common thing to do in the early days of radio, when not everyone had access to a telephone, they would listen to the radio at a set time to hear the announcements to and from various people.
* There is also always lots of folk music and general humor.

The radio show was [[SoundToScreenAdaptation adapted into a film]] (famed director RobertAltman's last) in 2006 - starring an EnsembleCast and Garrison Keillor AsHimself - which was generally well-received.
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!!Tropes found in the radio show:

* AffectionateParody (Much of the source material, especially ''Guy Noir'' and ''The Lives of the Cowboys'', based respectively on old-time private eyes shows like ''TheShadow'' and lesser-known [[TheWestern radio Westerns]], respectively.
** The Lake Wobegon skits are all parodic takes on nostalgic small-town media.
* CatchPhrase ("Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average." It's even given rise to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Wobegon_effect an eponymous psychological effect]].)
* CelebrityEndorsement (For the Select Comfort [=SleepNumber=] bed, every episode since it was invented.)
* {{Defictionalization}} (Powdermilk Biscuit mix is sold at the Lake Wobegon store at the Mall of America.)
* EccentricTownsfolk (Nobody is quite normal in Lake Wobegon, not even the clergy.)
* EverybodyOwnsAFord: Non - ProductPlacement variation; Every ''Lutheran'' drives a Ford; every ''Catholic'' drives a Chevy, the local dealers being members of those two churches respectively. Oh, and don't even think of buying the wrong make (or, heaven help you, ''foreign''), lest you fall victim to a [[BananaInTheTailpipe potato up your tailpipe]].
* FilkSong (Frequently, for example a tribute to Leonard Bernstein to the tune of "[[WestSideStory Gee, Officer Krupke]]". When Marni Nixon (a great singer famous for having dubbed over many [[TheKingAndI great]] [[MyFairLady movie]] [[WestSideStory musicals]] and never once getting credit) performed at the Hollywood Bowl, she sang a parody of "[[MyFairLady I Could Have Danced All Night]]," called "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny I Could Have Dubbed Myself]]."
* ForeignQueasine: Lutefisk, lutefisk, lutefisk. Prepared in the trunk of the local seafood store owner's car, since it kills all his other business if he makes it in the shop and his wife won't allow it in the house.
* ForeignerForADay: Lake Wobegon regards itself as part of Minnesota (and the United States) despite not officially being part of the state because of a cartographer's error when Minnesota was officially surveyed.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: The Lake Wobegon monologues are totally unscripted.
* HeyItsThatVoice (Once you've heard [[http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=9IgNzMOKULg Garrison Keillor's voice]], you can't forget it.)
** Actor and Sound Effects artist Fred Newman has also played [[{{Doug}} Skeeter]] and [[{{Doonesbury}} Uncle Duke.]]
* HoYay: Occasionally between Dusty and Lefty, the cowboys. They tend to say "my partner", which makes people think of the [[HaveAGayOldTime the newer version of "partner".]]
* IceCreamKoan (The following joke is a RunningGag, because it has no real meaning:)
-->''Two penguins are sitting on an iceberg, when one penguin turns to the other and says, "You look like you're wearing a tuxedo." [[http://mine.icanhascheezburger.com/view.aspx?ciid=2555726 The first penguin says, "What makes you think I'm not?"]]''
* IfIHadANickel: In a Guy Noir sketch set in New York:
-->'''Sue Scott's character''': If I had a nickel for every time I have seen people talking on the phone while they drove today, I could buy the Taj Mahal. Or a studio apartment in Brooklyn.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: It's one of the few public radio shows not archived in its' entirety online, due to music licensing issues. Comedy segments are available, however, and there are cassette and CD sets floating about.
* KeyUnderTheDoormat. Howie Humde, inventor of the Cow-Pie Key Hider, is a sponsor of the show.
* KungFoley (To ''insane'' amounts; besides the "[[PunnyName Fred Feral]]" animal noises routine, the foley men (normally alternating, but occasionally dueling) have in the past simulated [[BeyondTheImpossible a helicopter hovering over a house being torn apart by an earthquake as pterodactyls close in]]). Occasionally lampshaded and lampooned - Guy Noir sometimes runs into people who think they can do pretty good sound impressions.
* NostalgiaFilter (Much of what keeps the show going; even remarked on in TheMovie.)
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere (averted: Lake Wobegon is in the middle of nowhere, and not that much that's really exciting ever ''does'' happen there. Most of the humor relies on small, strange day-to-day events. There's a big stir when one of the townswomen goes to [[HollywoodCalifornia Hollywood]] and comes back.)
* ParodyCommercial (The aforementioned "Powdermilk Biscuits" routine, "Beebop-A-Ree-Bop Rhubarb Pie" ("Sweetening the sour taste of failure throughout the generations") and the "Catsup Advisory Board".)
* PrivateEyeMonologue (Guy Noir speaks entirely in this--"She wore jeans so tight I could read the serial number on the wrench in her front pocket.")
* QuirkyTown (Lake Wobegon, natch)
* RealSongThemeTune: "Tishomingo Blues", but with lyrics rewritten for the show:
-->"''Oh, hear that old piano, from down the avenue.\\
I smell the [[[CouchGag insert city-related objects]]], I look around for you\\
My sweet, sweet old someone, comin' through that door\\
It's Saturday an' \\
The band is playin',\\
Honey, could we ask for more?''"
* ShaggyDogStory: Every single "Beebop-a-Reebop Rhubarb Pie" commercial. Some GuyNoir stories end up like this.
* SliceOfLife (Lake Wobegon)
** May also count as LifeEmbellished, as well.
* StrawmanPolitical (But done ''[[YourMileageMayVary intelligently]]'', especially with George W. Bush.)
* TongueOnTheFlagpole (Garrison Keillor suggests that the ability to hypnotize children into doing this is an innate ability of pump handles and other metallic objects.)
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Lake Wobegon is in central Minnesota, but doesn't appear on any maps because the state was charted by four surveyors, starting at opposite corners and meeting in the middle, and Lake Wobegon is right where the maps they'd made overlapped. [[BlatantLies True story]].
** Furthermore, the "hole" in the map consists of Mist County, of which Lake Wobegon is county seat. The only way they have any train service at all is because the tracks were laid there by mistake. And you have to petition for each and every train to come there, because nobody has heard of the place.

!!Tropes from the movie:
* AllStarCast: Kevin Kline, MerylStreep, Lily Tomlin, John C. Reilly, Woody Harrelson, Lindsay Lohan, and Virginia Madsen.
* AngelUnaware: Asphodel
* AsHimself: Garrison Keillor
* CloudCuckooLander: Guy Noir most definitely ''and'' a lot of his clients; Garrison to a lesser extent.
* DeadAir: After one of the singers passes away backstage during the show, they briefly consider having a moment of silence for him on the show.
-->'''Garrison Keillor:''' ''Silence on the radio? [[LampshadeHanging I don't know how that works.]] ''
* DeadpanSnarker:
-->'''Lola Johnson:''' ''This isn't really going to be your last show, is it? ''
-->'''Garrison Keillor:''' ''Every show is your last show. That's my philosophy. ''
-->'''Rhonda Johnson:''' ''[[SarcasmMode Thank you, Plato.]]''
* FolkSong
* TheGrimReaper: [[MeaningfulName Asphodel]].
* MoodWhiplash: Done ''brilliantly'' when the Johnson Sisters' [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] duet "Goodbye to my Mama" is followed up immediately by Dusty and Lefty singing "Bad Jokes" which is 4 1/2 minutes of pure, unadulterated CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* MurderBallad
* NeverSayDie: Averted; we're told outright that, at the request of Guy Noir, [[spoiler:Asphodel caused the critic's car to plunge fatally over a cliff]] because [[YouCantFightFate it makes no difference in the end]].
* OnlySaneMan: The two stage managers, hustling around behind the scenes trying to make sure the show happens ''despite'' the talent.
* TheShowMustGoOn
* SoundToScreenAdaptation: [[CaptainObvious Obviously]].
* StrawCritic: The man in charge of closing the show.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Dusty and Lefty
* ThrowItIn: When Guy Noir pops the champange bottle, the person who he accidentally hit (offscreen) was director RobertAltman.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Lyle Lovett and Tom Waits were originally cast as Dusty and Lefty.
** GeorgeClooney was offered the role of Guy Noir, but regretfully turned it down due to scheduling conflicts. Keillor jokes in the screenplay that he actually wanted Clooney to play ''him''.
* WhileRomeBurns: The singers bravely put on one last show for the memories.
* WellDoneSonGuy: "Well done daughter woman", more like. Guy Noir helps quite a few people with these issues.
* WomanInWhite: Pops up a few times in Guy Noir.

-->''"And that's the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good lookin', and all the children are above average."''
--->'''The traditional closer for the "News from Lake Wobegon" segment.'''


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-->''"Well, it's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, my hometown, out on the edge of the prairie."''
--->'''The traditional opener for the "News from Lake Wobegon" segment.'''

One of the more popular old-time {{radio}} {{variety show}}s still in existence, ''A Prairie Home Companion'' was created by Garrison Keillor in 1974 and continues to broadcast faithfully from St. Paul every Saturday to a totally loyal audience. It's popular for several reasons, chiefly nostalgia for the good old days of radio--which this is very, ''very'' evocative of--and Keillor's [[SignatureStyle distinctive]] [[DeadpanSnarker comedic style]].

Though the guest stars and location vary the segments almost always included are:
* '''The News from Lake Wobegon''': Garrison relates the goings-on in his (fictional) hometown of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota; as noted above, while it's always been a quiet week, a lot manages to happen quietly, considering the EccentricTownsfolk. This is the most beloved feature, and Keillor has written books about Lake Wobegon.
* '''Guy [[MeaningfulName Noir]]: [[HardboiledDetective Private Eye]]''': An AffectionateParody of, and {{homage}} to, the radio serials of the Thirties and Forties (and, of course, {{noir}} in general), delivered in PrivateEyeMonologue by Garrison and the inevitable LoveInterest with invariably tight clothing ("jeans so tight I could see the mint mark on the quarter in her pocket," for instance) as he tries to solve various cases of missing persons, pets, and items.
* '''The Lives of the Cowboys''': A humorous look at the archetypal {{cowboy}} and what his life would be like in the modern era. Dusty and Lefty reassure others that [[MistakenForGay they mean "partner" in the]] [[HaveAGayOldTime old sense]], ponder selling out, and occasionally get an off-the-wall episode such as "[[KillerRabbit the free-range chicken]]" (''"Look out! He's got a six-shooter!"'').
* '''{{Parody Commercial}}s''': Though they also advertise real products, they also always present a humorous fake product or two for sale, the most well known of which (because of its insane EarWorm of a {{Jingle}} that the band always turns into a Dixieland jam session) is "Powdermilk Biscuits - Gives shy people the strength to get up and do what needs to be done."
** '''The Catchup Advisory Board''': A spoof public service announcement informing the listeners about the "natural mellowing agents" of ketchup, done as a serious dialogue between an average homeowner and his wife, Barb. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic The intentional mispelling of Ketchup is meant to be a pun, nothing more.]] It always comes down to the SpoofAesop "eat more ketchup". (''Ketchup! Ketchuuup~!'')
** '''Beebop-A-Ree-Bop Rhubarb Pie''': In a similar vein to the Catchup Advisory Board, usually involves a long and drawn-out tale of failure and humiliation narrated by Garrison with appropriate sound effects. Always finishes with the catchy jingle and the phrase "Nothing gets the taste of humiliation out of your mouth like Beebop-A-Ree-Bop Rhubarb Pie."
* '''Shout-Outs''': Before the show, people in the audience write down their hellos and personal messages to their loved ones. Post-{{Intermission}}, Keillor tries to read as many as he can. (Example: Mick and Sharon want to say hi to Ed and Doris: Congratulations on the baby, Doris! Sorry we can't enjoy the cranberries and stuffing with you this year, but we'll see you next Thanksgiving, God willing. We promise to bring the oyster stuffing, and we also promise ''[[NoodleIncident not]]'' [[NoodleIncident to bring the dog]]!) This was actually a fairly common thing to do in the early days of radio, when not everyone had access to a telephone, they would listen to the radio at a set time to hear the announcements to and from various people.
* There is also always lots of folk music and general humor.

The radio show was [[SoundToScreenAdaptation adapted into a film]] (famed director RobertAltman's last) in 2006 - starring an EnsembleCast and Garrison Keillor AsHimself - which was generally well-received.
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!!Tropes found in the radio show:

* AffectionateParody (Much of the source material, especially ''Guy Noir'' and ''The Lives of the Cowboys'', based respectively on old-time private eyes shows like ''TheShadow'' and lesser-known [[TheWestern radio Westerns]], respectively.
** The Lake Wobegon skits are all parodic takes on nostalgic small-town media.
* CatchPhrase ("Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average." It's even given rise to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Wobegon_effect an eponymous psychological effect]].)
* CelebrityEndorsement (For the Select Comfort [=SleepNumber=] bed, every episode since it was invented.)
* {{Defictionalization}} (Powdermilk Biscuit mix is sold at the Lake Wobegon store at the Mall of America.)
* EccentricTownsfolk (Nobody is quite normal in Lake Wobegon, not even the clergy.)
* EverybodyOwnsAFord: Non - ProductPlacement variation; Every ''Lutheran'' drives a Ford; every ''Catholic'' drives a Chevy, the local dealers being members of those two churches respectively. Oh, and don't even think of buying the wrong make (or, heaven help you, ''foreign''), lest you fall victim to a [[BananaInTheTailpipe potato up your tailpipe]].
* FilkSong (Frequently, for example a tribute to Leonard Bernstein to the tune of "[[WestSideStory Gee, Officer Krupke]]". When Marni Nixon (a great singer famous for having dubbed over many [[TheKingAndI great]] [[MyFairLady movie]] [[WestSideStory musicals]] and never once getting credit) performed at the Hollywood Bowl, she sang a parody of "[[MyFairLady I Could Have Danced All Night]]," called "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny I Could Have Dubbed Myself]]."
* ForeignQueasine: Lutefisk, lutefisk, lutefisk. Prepared in the trunk of the local seafood store owner's car, since it kills all his other business if he makes it in the shop and his wife won't allow it in the house.
* ForeignerForADay: Lake Wobegon regards itself as part of Minnesota (and the United States) despite not officially being part of the state because of a cartographer's error when Minnesota was officially surveyed.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: The Lake Wobegon monologues are totally unscripted.
* HeyItsThatVoice (Once you've heard [[http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=9IgNzMOKULg Garrison Keillor's voice]], you can't forget it.)
** Actor and Sound Effects artist Fred Newman has also played [[{{Doug}} Skeeter]] and [[{{Doonesbury}} Uncle Duke.]]
* HoYay: Occasionally between Dusty and Lefty, the cowboys. They tend to say "my partner", which makes people think of the [[HaveAGayOldTime the newer version of "partner".]]
* IceCreamKoan (The following joke is a RunningGag, because it has no real meaning:)
-->''Two penguins are sitting on an iceberg, when one penguin turns to the other and says, "You look like you're wearing a tuxedo." [[http://mine.icanhascheezburger.com/view.aspx?ciid=2555726 The first penguin says, "What makes you think I'm not?"]]''
* IfIHadANickel: In a Guy Noir sketch set in New York:
-->'''Sue Scott's character''': If I had a nickel for every time I have seen people talking on the phone while they drove today, I could buy the Taj Mahal. Or a studio apartment in Brooklyn.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: It's one of the few public radio shows not archived in its' entirety online, due to music licensing issues. Comedy segments are available, however, and there are cassette and CD sets floating about.
* KeyUnderTheDoormat. Howie Humde, inventor of the Cow-Pie Key Hider, is a sponsor of the show.
* KungFoley (To ''insane'' amounts; besides the "[[PunnyName Fred Feral]]" animal noises routine, the foley men (normally alternating, but occasionally dueling) have in the past simulated [[BeyondTheImpossible a helicopter hovering over a house being torn apart by an earthquake as pterodactyls close in]]). Occasionally lampshaded and lampooned - Guy Noir sometimes runs into people who think they can do pretty good sound impressions.
* NostalgiaFilter (Much of what keeps the show going; even remarked on in TheMovie.)
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere (averted: Lake Wobegon is in the middle of nowhere, and not that much that's really exciting ever ''does'' happen there. Most of the humor relies on small, strange day-to-day events. There's a big stir when one of the townswomen goes to [[HollywoodCalifornia Hollywood]] and comes back.)
* ParodyCommercial (The aforementioned "Powdermilk Biscuits" routine, "Beebop-A-Ree-Bop Rhubarb Pie" ("Sweetening the sour taste of failure throughout the generations") and the "Catsup Advisory Board".)
* PrivateEyeMonologue (Guy Noir speaks entirely in this--"She wore jeans so tight I could read the serial number on the wrench in her front pocket.")
* QuirkyTown (Lake Wobegon, natch)
* RealSongThemeTune: "Tishomingo Blues", but with lyrics rewritten for the show:
-->"''Oh, hear that old piano, from down the avenue.\\
I smell the [[[CouchGag insert city-related objects]]], I look around for you\\
My sweet, sweet old someone, comin' through that door\\
It's Saturday an' \\
The band is playin',\\
Honey, could we ask for more?''"
* ShaggyDogStory: Every single "Beebop-a-Reebop Rhubarb Pie" commercial. Some GuyNoir stories end up like this.
* SliceOfLife (Lake Wobegon)
** May also count as LifeEmbellished, as well.
* StrawmanPolitical (But done ''[[YourMileageMayVary intelligently]]'', especially with George W. Bush.)
* TongueOnTheFlagpole (Garrison Keillor suggests that the ability to hypnotize children into doing this is an innate ability of pump handles and other metallic objects.)
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Lake Wobegon is in central Minnesota, but doesn't appear on any maps because the state was charted by four surveyors, starting at opposite corners and meeting in the middle, and Lake Wobegon is right where the maps they'd made overlapped. [[BlatantLies True story]].
** Furthermore, the "hole" in the map consists of Mist County, of which Lake Wobegon is county seat. The only way they have any train service at all is because the tracks were laid there by mistake. And you have to petition for each and every train to come there, because nobody has heard of the place.

!!Tropes from the movie:
* AllStarCast: Kevin Kline, MerylStreep, Lily Tomlin, John C. Reilly, Woody Harrelson, Lindsay Lohan, and Virginia Madsen.
* AngelUnaware: Asphodel
* AsHimself: Garrison Keillor
* CloudCuckooLander: Guy Noir most definitely ''and'' a lot of his clients; Garrison to a lesser extent.
* DeadAir: After one of the singers passes away backstage during the show, they briefly consider having a moment of silence for him on the show.
-->'''Garrison Keillor:''' ''Silence on the radio? [[LampshadeHanging I don't know how that works.]] ''
* DeadpanSnarker:
-->'''Lola Johnson:''' ''This isn't really going to be your last show, is it? ''
-->'''Garrison Keillor:''' ''Every show is your last show. That's my philosophy. ''
-->'''Rhonda Johnson:''' ''[[SarcasmMode Thank you, Plato.]]''
* FolkSong
* TheGrimReaper: [[MeaningfulName Asphodel]].
* MoodWhiplash: Done ''brilliantly'' when the Johnson Sisters' [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] duet "Goodbye to my Mama" is followed up immediately by Dusty and Lefty singing "Bad Jokes" which is 4 1/2 minutes of pure, unadulterated CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* MurderBallad
* NeverSayDie: Averted; we're told outright that, at the request of Guy Noir, [[spoiler:Asphodel caused the critic's car to plunge fatally over a cliff]] because [[YouCantFightFate it makes no difference in the end]].
* OnlySaneMan: The two stage managers, hustling around behind the scenes trying to make sure the show happens ''despite'' the talent.
* TheShowMustGoOn
* SoundToScreenAdaptation: [[CaptainObvious Obviously]].
* StrawCritic: The man in charge of closing the show.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Dusty and Lefty
* ThrowItIn: When Guy Noir pops the champange bottle, the person who he accidentally hit (offscreen) was director RobertAltman.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Lyle Lovett and Tom Waits were originally cast as Dusty and Lefty.
** GeorgeClooney was offered the role of Guy Noir, but regretfully turned it down due to scheduling conflicts. Keillor jokes in the screenplay that he actually wanted Clooney to play ''him''.
* WhileRomeBurns: The singers bravely put on one last show for the memories.
* WellDoneSonGuy: "Well done daughter woman", more like. Guy Noir helps quite a few people with these issues.
* WomanInWhite: Pops up a few times in Guy Noir.

-->''"And that's the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good lookin', and all the children are above average."''
--->'''The traditional closer for the "News from Lake Wobegon" segment.'''


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5th Dec '11 5:27:49 PM PacificMackerel
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* HoYay (Between Dusty and Lefty, the cowboys.)
** Not really, actually. Although occasionally other characters assume it because they introduce each other as "my partner."

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* HoYay (Between HoYay: Occasionally between Dusty and Lefty, the cowboys.)
** Not really, actually. Although occasionally other characters assume it because they introduce each other as
cowboys. They tend to say "my partner."partner", which makes people think of the [[HaveAGayOldTime the newer version of "partner".]]
12th Nov '11 7:35:53 AM AFP
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-->'''Garrison Keillor:''' ''"Silence on the radio? [[LampshadeHanging I don't know how that works.]]"

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-->'''Garrison Keillor:''' ''"Silence ''Silence on the radio? [[LampshadeHanging I don't know how that works.]]" ]] ''
12th Nov '11 7:34:25 AM AFP
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* DeadAir: After one of the singers passes away backstage during the show, they briefly consider having a moment of silence for him on the show.
-->'''Garrison Keillor:''' ''"Silence on the radio? [[LampshadeHanging I don't know how that works.]]"
3rd Nov '11 7:51:59 AM Gitman
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* '''{{Parody Commercial}}s''': Though they also advertise real products, they also always present a humorous fake product or two for sale, the most well known of which (because of its insane EarWorm of a {{Jingle}}) is "Powdermilk Biscuits - Gives shy people the strength to get up and do what needs to be done."

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* '''{{Parody Commercial}}s''': Though they also advertise real products, they also always present a humorous fake product or two for sale, the most well known of which (because of its insane EarWorm of a {{Jingle}}) {{Jingle}} that the band always turns into a Dixieland jam session) is "Powdermilk Biscuits - Gives shy people the strength to get up and do what needs to be done."
26th Oct '11 9:20:15 PM PacificMackerel
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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: It's one of the few public radio shows not archived in its' entirety online, due to music licensing issues. Comedy segments are available, however.

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: It's one of the few public radio shows not archived in its' entirety online, due to music licensing issues. Comedy segments are available, however.however, and there are cassette and CD sets floating about.
7th Sep '11 11:06:57 PM KevinKlawitter
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* ThrowItIn: When Guy Noir pops the champange bottle, the person who he accidentally hit (offscreen) was director RobertAltman.
7th Sep '11 8:16:04 AM nlpnt
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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: It's one of the few public radio shows not archived in its' entirety online, due to music licensing issues. Comedy segments are available, however.
6th Sep '11 10:32:12 AM Micah
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* IfIHadANickel: In a Guy Noir sketch set in New York:
-->'''Sue Scott's character''': If I had a nickel for every time I have seen people talking on the phone while they drove today, I could buy the Taj Mahal. Or a studio apartment in Brooklyn.
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