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Garrison Keillor speaks about mosquitoes, suicidal raccoons, fishing in the dark, more at River Campus appearance

Thursday, May 6, 2010

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Garrison Keillor sings during his appearance Wednesday at the Bedell Performance Hall.
(LAURA SIMON)
One microphone, one stool, one man. Plenty of entertained people.

A crowd ranging from teenagers to senior citizens filled the Bedell Performance Hall on Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus Wednesday night to take in the sold-out performance by Garrison Keillor.

Keillor, best known for the radio program "A Prairie Home Companion," opened his performance with a series of sonnets that he sang, initially a prayer and discussion on heaven that turned into an introduction into his tales of Minnesota.

"The beauty of a sonnet is," Keillor sang, "that they teach us that sometimes fourteen lines is enough."

Keillor told stories of growing up in the harsh Minnesota winters as well as the brief but tortuous summers. Speaking of the mosquitoes, he told of how ordinary bug repellent wouldn't do the job. "A crucifix helped, but you had to hit them really hard," he said.

An early focus was on things being "good enough," referring to life in Lake Wobegon. "You're good enough as you are; your friends are good enough. Don't try to find better friends; keep the ones that you have," Keillor said. "There will come a time in your life when there is no reason to like you except out of apathy. You're fine as you are, and people believe in that."

Keillor's topics ranged from suicidal old raccoons and deer to phrases like "a $10 haircut on a 59-cent head" to fishing in the dark with Uncle Jack to sharing a bathroom stall with his cousin.

"As we Lutherans say, it could've been worse," Keillor said as he wrapped his performance to a standing ovation.

Joyce Theiss of Jackson said Keillor provides an "everyman approach" to comedy.

"It was very relatable, whether from the Lutheran aspect or just the Midwestern experience," she said.

KRCU broadcasts "A Prairie Home Companion" at 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays.

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518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, MO


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What? No neo-Liberal indoctrination? No bashing of backwoods, conservative Southeast Missouri knuckle draggers??

Still though, this guy seems dangerous--he did talk about raccoon suicide. Maybe we should just go support fine, upstanding conservative people who represent our morals and values. I don't know; maybe someone like Rod Jetton. Or Nathan Cooper. How about Ted Haggard?

-- Posted by John R Cash on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 6:52 AM

LMAO John!

BTW Darren, not to be picky, but he actually said "There will come a time in your life when there is no reason to like you except out of habit," not 'apathy'.

It was a fabulous show and it was obvious that everyone there enjoyed themselves!

-- Posted by MusicMaker on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 7:30 AM

Once upon a time I listened to Garrison every weekend. He always tilted to the left, but in resent years he has become so bad that when he walks, his left hand drags. As a progressive, he and others are a danger to out great nation.

-- Posted by mo_ky_fellow on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 7:33 AM

I wouldn't call it a "standing ovation". I was there and most of those around me were ready to go and wanted to be the first to the door. In this case "good enough" was more than "enough". I was interested in the thoughts of the "Lutheran Ladys" of our community to his "off color comments". I guess making fun of people of faith is the way to make a living nowdays.

-- Posted by DRCAD1 on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 7:39 AM

I loved the show. Thanks to everyone who made this event happen. Everyone around me had a great time and appreciated the storytelling talent for which Mr. Keillor is so well known.

-- Posted by tammy gwaltney on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 8:43 AM

Loved it! Awesome story teller. A danger to our nation? Come on, get a grip.

-- Posted by calypso12 on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 9:55 AM

MusicMaker, I did not see the show, so I'm glad you cleared up the misquote. It makes sense now!

-- Posted by sayswho? on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 10:19 AM

Love him. he is *awesome*.

-- Posted by RichardVinson on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 11:00 AM

I was so sad - I didn't know about it until it was sold out. I love Prairie Home!

-- Posted by The Nici on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 11:25 AM

It's funny you should say he's a danger to our nation, mo_ky_fellow. I've read your comments on this site in the past and have often thought the same thing about you...

-- Posted by MusicMaker on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 3:25 PM

I feel that the biggest dangers to our nation are the narrow-minded fear mongers who have not only lost their sense of humor, but have forgotten that ALL Americans, not just the ones they agree with, have freedom of speech and the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

-- Posted by calypso12 on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 11:26 PM

@MusicMaker,

Thanks for catching that. I was writing in the dark and now that you say it, it didn't make much sense when I put that down. Thanks again. D

-- Posted by Iceburg on Fri, May 7, 2010, at 1:41 AM


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