April 17, 2004—The Annual Joke Show
It's the Annual Joke Show, the performance when we expose our live audience and radio listeners to near-toxic levels of pure, uncut jokes. We have help from comedian Paula Poundstone, and Vince Giordano plays his bass saxophone with Rich Dworsky and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.

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Segment 1
00:00:00Logo (MPR)
00:00:12Tishomingo Blues
00:02:21GK opens, talks about joke show
00:03:32Control freak knock knock joke
Segment 2
00:04:00Joke segment 1, GK announces email joke submission
00:13:43GK talks to Vince Giordano
00:14:23"Hyena Stomp" - Vince Giordano and Shoe Band
00:16:55GK and Paula Poundstone tell jokes
00:26:34Powdermilk Biscuit Break
00:28:55GK talks about Pat's national steel guitar
00:29:24"Downtown Breakdown" - Pat Donohue and Shoe Band
00:31:56GK reads jokes from the email submissions
Segment 3
00:32:50Joke Segment 2
Segment 4
00:38:47Catchup script
00:41:36GK reads more jokes from email submissions
00:43:33"Friendship" - GK and Paula Poundstone
00:46:17Paula Poundstone stand-up segment
00:57:18"Friendship reprise" - GK and Paula Poundstone
00:57:57Intermission - "It's A Sin to Tell A Lie"
01:01:55GK reads more email submission jokes
01:03:33"While We're Young" - GK and band
Segment 5
01:05:12News From Lake Wobegon
01:20:08"Long Time No See" - Pat Donohue and band
01:22:49GK reads more jokes from email submissions
Segment 6
01:27:50Joke Segment 3
Segment 7
01:38:06Guy Noir script
01:50:48Last minute jokes
01:52:35GK tells Vince an Ole and Lena joke
01:53:30Credits, another Ole and Lena joke
01:56:53"Goodnight Ladies"/ "Hyena Stomp" closer

Photos from the show
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Paula Poundstone Sue Scott and Tim Russell
Bass Saxophonist Vince Giordano laughs during "Hyena Stomp" Tim Russell tells some Bush jokes
Sue Scott tells jokes Garrison Keillor

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