Trivia / A Prairie Home Companion

The radio show

  • Defictionalization:
    • Powdermilk Biscuit mix were sold at the Lake Wobegon store at the Mall of Americanote , 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 were also available as official NPR podcasts.
    • Following a sexual misconduct scandal involving Keillor breaking in late November 2017, Minnesota Public Radio not only fired Keillor, they also ended distribution of all episodes featuring Keillornote  and even discussion changing the series' name as an effort to cut ties with Keillor (the name was changed to "Live from Here" on December 16, 2017; and is effectively being treated by MPR as an entirely separate show.
  • 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.
  • "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.

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