- Associated Press - Friday, January 7, 2011

ST. PAUL, MINN. (AP) - Garrison Keillor will finally get a chance to enjoy “A Prairie Home Companion” from the audience’s perspective.

In a first for his long-running radio variety show, Keillor will take a guest spot and let someone else host.

Singer and fiddler Sara Watkins of the band Nickel Creek will host the Jan. 15 show from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. Keillor will appear as private eye Guy Noir and Lefty the cowboy and deliver the “News from Lake Wobegon.”

Keillor says he’s never gotten to see the show himself. The 68-year-old humorist says for once, he wants “to stand in the back of the hall and watch for a few minutes.”

“A Prairie Home Companion” is heard on nearly 600 public radio stations, drawing more than 4.3 million listeners weekly.




(This version CORRECTS Spelling of ‘Wobegon’ is correct. )

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