December 23, 2000
Live from The Town Hall on West 43rd Street in New York City, A Prairie Home Companion welcomes Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, singer Ann Hampton Callaway, actresses Alice Playten and Linda Lavin, broadway actor Howard McGillian and Robin & Linda Williams. Plus, Bill McLaughlin and Peter Schickele square off to determine who can write the most unusual piece of holiday music.

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00:00Logo
00:12Tishomingo
02:33GK Talk About Holidays
04:26Cotton Club Stomp - Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
07:08Applause, GK Back Announce
07:32The Song that Jack Sang
13:53Applause, GK Talk to Music Man Quartet
16:10Lida Rose - Hawkeye Four
17:46Applause, GK Back Announce
18:20Drawing for Winners of Minnesota Trip
20:49GK Talk with Alice Playten
22:28My Winter Coat - Alice Playten
26:12Applause, GK Back Announce, Talk About Neglected Instruments
27:07Duct Tape
31:15Applause, GK Talk with Linda Lavin
34:32The Secret of Life - Linda Lavin
38:02Applause, GK Back Announce
38:23Powdermilk Biscuit Break
40:18Marvin and Mavis Smiley
42:53Used Psychotherapy
44:35Applause, GK Introduces the Nighthawks
44:58Shake That Thing - Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
48:02Applause, GK Back Announce, Introduce Ann Hampton Callaway
50:13Christmas Love Song - Ann Hampton Callaway
54:08Applause, GK Back Announce
54:46'Twas the Night Before Christmas" Segment
1:00:16Applause, GK Introduce Howard McGillin
1:03:11God Bless Us Everyone - Howard McGillin
1:06:43Applause, GK Back Announce
1:07:25Five Pennies - Intermission
1:11:11Welcome Back to the Second Half, Compose-Off Segment
1:14:50Coventry Carol for Neglected Instruments
1:18:53Applause, GK Back Announce
1:19:45Twelve Days of Christmas
1:22:22Applause, GK Talks to Bill McGlaughlin and Peter Schickele
1:25:30Two and A Half Variations on "In Dulci Jubilo" by P.D.Q. Bach
1:28:39Applause, GK Back Announce, Intro Robin and Linda
1:31:15Ood Toy Trains - Robin and Linda Williams
1:33:42Applause, GK Back Announce
1:33:57Monologue
1:53:32Applause, GK Thanks Guests, End Credits
1:55:07Silent Night
1:58:23Okay Baby - Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks

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Ann Hampton Callaway Alice Playten
Linda and Robin Williams Bill McGlaughlin and Garrison
Peter Schickele and GK Lucas Harris playing the Theorbo

Guest Information
  • Vince Giordano
  • Ann Hampton Callaway
  • Alice Playten
  • Linda Lavin
  • Howard McGillin
  • Robin & Linda Williams
  • Bill McLaughlin
  • Peter Schickele
  • The Hawkeye Four
  • Scripts
  • Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Duct Tape
  • The Song that Jack Sang
  • Used Psychotherapy
  • 'Twas the Night Before   Christmas

  • Music Information
    Performers, music sources and credits
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