November 6, 2004
This week it's our Bonus Joke Show. Talk about hard work. We're always swimming in new jokes — of every conceivable kind, sent to us from comedians all around the world — and we make it our task to decide which ones are the winners. The returns are in: Join us with humorist Roy Blount, Jr., fiddler and saxophonist Andy Stein, and folk singer and guitarist "Spider" John Koerner.

Inspired? Read more jokes that are pretty good, and submit some of your own. >>

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Segment 1
00:00:00Logo
00:00:11Tishomingo Blues
00:03:14GK talks about the election
00:05:15"That'll Be Alright" — Pat Donohue and Shoe Band
00:09:17GK talks about jokes, announces email submission address
00:10:20Joke segment 1 — religious jokes
Segment 2
00:17:13GK introduces Jearlyn Steele
00:18:00"Jacob's Ladder" — GK/Jearlyn Steele
00:21:09Lives of the Cowboys script
00:32:00Powdermilk Biscuit Break, "Let Us Break Bread Together" — GK/Jearlyn Steele
Segment 3
00:35:24Email joke submission announcement, lightbulb jokes
00:38:47"Knock Knock" — Andy Stein and Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
00:42:17Ole & Lena Jokes, listener submissions
00:43:40Rodney Dangerfield one-liners
Segment 4
00:45:26GK introduces John Koerner
00:46:36"The Fox" — John Koerner
00:49:28Guy Noir script
00:59:27Intermission — "Everybody Loves My Baby"
Segment 5
01:03:30Welcome back, listener submissions, greetings
01:07:14GK tells John Koerner cat and dog jokes
01:08:13"Good Time Charlie" — John Koerner and Andy Stein
01:11:08GK tells a married-couple joke
01:11:50Catchup script
Segment 6
01:14:28GK reads more listener submissions
01:15:08George W. Bush joke, more political jokes
01:17:46"Wang Wang Blues" — The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
01:20:14Miscellaneous jokes, new Unitarian joke
01:21:35Roy Blount, Jr.
01:29:44"When First Unto This Country I Came" — John Koerner
Segment 7
01:31:58The News from Lake Wobegon
Segment 8
01:42:30GK talks with Jearlyn Steele
01:43:08"Love Lifted Me" — GK and Jearlyn Steele
01:47:22GK tells more listener jokes
01:47:52"Bright Side" — Pat Donohue and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
01:50:39GK tells more listener jokes
01:51:38"Henay Mah Tov" — GK and Jearlyn Steele
01:53:49Final jokes
01:56:28Credits
01:57:23"The Parting Glass" (with Penguin joke) — GK
01:58:21"Weary and Farewell Blues"

Photos from the show

Click images to view slideshow. (Photos taken by Melissa Sperl)

Guitarist Pat Donohue and The Guy's All-Star Show Band, with "That'll Be Alright." Gospel singer Jearlyn Steele, with the Powdermilk Biscuit Theme and "Let Us Break Bread Together."
Violinist Andy Stein and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band set knock-knock jokes to music. Garrison Keillor tells some pretty good jokes sent in by listeners over e-mail.
Garrison Keillor as Guy Noir, with actors Sue Scott and Tim Russell (center) and sound-effects man Tom Keith (right). "Spider" John Koerner singing "Goodtime Charlie" with The Guys All-Star Shoe Band.

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  • "Spider" John Koerner
  • Roy Blount, Jr.
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    Guest Information
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  • "Spider" John Koerner
  • Jearlyn Steele
  • Andy Stein
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  • Guy Noir
  • Catchup script
  • Cowboys script



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  • Tishomingo Blues
  • The Parting Glass


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    Scene at the Fitz

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    Julian and Catherine Glomb
    Julian and
    Catherine Glomb
    Catherine Glomb of Chicago and her daughter, Theresa Miner of St. Paul (not pictured), thought it would be fun to surprise dad Julian Glomb with tickets to see Garrison at the November 6 joke show. When we asked why, Theresa said, "Because he's a curmudgeon." "Your dad or Garrison?" we asked, and without missing a beat, she replied, "Both." We hope we made him laugh, ladies.


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