May 18, 2002
Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with humorist Al Franken, singer/songwriter Paul Geremia, and Jo Serrapere and the Willie Dunns.

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00:12Tishomingo Blues
02:05GK talks about Minneapolis, airport security
04:18GK reads his sonnet to Sam O'Connor
05:31Three Baritones script
07:55The Panic is On - Andy Stein and band
10:45English Majors script
12:21DataMasters script
15:36GK talks to Jo Serrapere
16:18I Suppose - Jo Serrapere and the Willie Dunns
18:50Still A Ghost - Jo Serrapere and the Willie Dunns
23:58Neighbor Birds script
28:56Powdermilk Biscuit Break
30:40Beer script
33:22GK intros Paul Geremia
35:04Kick it in the Country - Paul Geremia
39:00The Truth is On The Streets - Paul Geremia
44:15Al Franken reads from his book Oh, The Things I Know!
52:41GK talks about Rich Dworsky and his underscoring skills
53:45Golden Valley Morning - Richard Dworsky
56:36Chicken Revenge script
1:00:58Intermission - Dr. Jazz
1:05:01Welcome Back to the 2nd half
1:05:44Rock Island - actors
1:12:26Studs Terkel birthday song - GK and audience
1:16:49Songs My Mother Taught Me - GK
1:20:22Café Boeuf script
1:23:07Jesus in a Snowball - Jo Serrapere and the Willie Dunns
1:46:44Down in the Valley to Pray - Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
1:49:18Silver City Bound - Paul Geremia
1:53:12Monback Brothers script
1:55:23Credits, Bye Bye Love closer

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Jo Serrapere Al Franken
Paul Geremia Garrison Keillor
Andy Stein Rich Dworsky

Guest Recordings
  • Paul Geremia
  • Jo Serrapere and the Willie Dunns
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  • Al Franken
  • Paul Geremia
  • Jo Serrapere and the Willie Dunns
  • Scripts
  • Three Baritones
  • English Majors
  • DataMasters
  • Our Neighbors, the Birds
  • Beer
  • Chicken Revenge
  • Stud's Song [lyrics]
  • Café Boeuf
  • Monback Brothers

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