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Trivia / A Prairie Home Companion

  • All-Star Cast: The movie stars Kevin Kline, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, John C. Reilly, Woody Harrelson, Lindsay Lohan, Maya Rudolph, and Virginia Madsen.
  • Defictionalization: Powdermilk Biscuit mix is sold at the Lake Wobegon store at the Mall of Americanote .
    • Or at least it was, until the store closed in January 2009.
    • Catchup Advisory Board approved ketchup is also sold on the website.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: The Lake Wobegon monologues are totally unscripted.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: 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. The Lake Wobegon sketches are also available as official NPR podcasts.
  • Reality Subtext:
    • During the production of the film, Robert Altman's condition was fading and he announced that he had a pacemaker in his heart. For insurance purposes, Big Name Fan, Paul Thomas Anderson was an overseer who would step in as director if anything happened to Altman. As such, the film's themes of "death" can be seen as Altman's own reflection of his mortality.
    • The fact that he died after production only adds to this.
    "The death of an old man is not a tragedy."
  • Throw It In: When Guy Noir pops the champange bottle, the person who he accidentally hit (offscreen) was director Robert Altman.
  • Un-Canceled: The show was officially set to end in the late 80's, and they had a big, very memorable farewell show. But then they had a reunion show a year later, and another one the year after that, and eventually it came back as if it had never left.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Intentionally Averted specifically for the News From Lake Wobegon. Keilor stated in an interview with the BBC that he deliberately avoids including any topical or pop culture references in this segment for a myriad of reasons, though timelessness is primary.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Lyle Lovett and Tom Waits were originally cast as Dusty and Lefty.
    • George Clooney 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.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: the "Ketchup Advisory Board" commercials started as parodies of a series rather smug-sounding Merrill Lynch commercials from The '80s, and have continued long after their inspiration, much like Merrill Lynch itself, are mostly forgotten.