Garrison Keillor Will Put a Comedic Outlook on Life Experiences During Southeast Visit


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Garrison Keillor, radio-host of National Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” will present “An Evening with Garrison Keillor” May 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus.


April 21, 2010 –Garrison Keillor, radio-host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” is scheduled to visit Southeast Missouri State University May 5 for “An Evening with Garrison Keillor.” The performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.  The entertaining writer, humorist and celebrity speaker will share his take on life experiences and will delight the audience with his charm and wit.

“The last time I saw him talk was in 2005, and he was amazing,” said Bob Cerchio, assistant director of the River Campus.  “He started with morning coffee, and took the audience through his day. His leisurely, metronomic, stream-of-consciousness delivery is at once relaxing and enthralling.  If you enjoy the scripted ‘A Prairie Home Companion,’ you’ll like his candid remarks about life even better.  It’s like visiting with an old friend.” 

Keillor began his career in 1969 writing for The New Yorker, but in July 1974 he launched a radio variety show, called “A Prairie Home Companion.”  The show began in Minnesota, moved to New York for a brief three years, then returned to Minnesota where it has remained.  “A Prairie Home Companion” had a film adaption in 2006, which was directed by Robert Altman.  Keillor played himself in the film version alongside Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin and Kevin Kline. 

Keillor also has completed other projects during his career.  He has written more than 10 adult and children’s books, and he hosts a daily radio and online program, “The Writer’s Almanac.”

Keillor has received numerous awards for his work.  He won a Grammy Award for the recording of his best-selling book, Lake Wobegon Days, and was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame at Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications in 1994. “A Prairie Home Companion” just celebrated its 35th anniversary last year and continues to be heard by more than four million listeners weekly on 590 radio stations. True to his radio form, Keillor will share hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon and “late-life fatherhood.”  With a wonderful, dry sense of humor, he captivates audiences and delivers with class, charisma and wisdom. 


Tickets may be purchased at the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets also may be purchased at any MetroTix outlet, online at, keyword “Keillor,” or by calling toll-free: (800) 293-5949.