Synopses & Reviews
Fans of A Prairie Home Companion know him as Garrison Keillor's grumbling sidekick Dusty "The Lives of the Cowboys," an array of wise-cracking wise-guys from the mean streets of "Guy Noir, Private Eye," or Jim, the beleaguered husband from A Prairie Home Companion's famously catchup-deprived midlife couple. One minute he's George Bush or Julia Child, Barack Obama or Arnold Schwarzenegger.
So here's the fearless Tim Russell in 19 hilarious performances from A Prairie Home Companion, embracing every hairpin turn, crazy curve, or unexpected plot twist a live radio show heard by millions each week can possibly throw at the man of a thousand voices.
“Russell has a comically elastic voice that delivers the radio show’s smart, gentle satire of all things Midwestern. . . . This ‘best-of’ collection plays like a vintage comedy album, with plenty of 2-4 minute bits showing off Russell’s voice talents and quick wit.”
With Tim Russell behind the mic at A Prairie Home Companion, there's just no telling who you'll hear next--he's a one-man "cast of thousands." This collection highlights some of the best of this voice actor's wide range.
Fans of A Prairie Home Companion know him as Garrison Keillor's grumbling sidekick Dusty in public radio's favorite cowboy serial "The Lives of the Cowboys." They also know him as the exacting maître d' of the Café Boeuf. One minute he's mild-mannered Tim Russell; the next he's George Bush or Julia Child or Barack Obama or Arnold Schwarzenegger or John McCain or Michael Bloomberg.
No matter what hairpin turn, crazy curve, or unexpected plot-twist America's favorite radio variety show might take, this man of a thousand voices has yet to be stumped.
About the Author
GARRISON KEILLOR is America’s favorite storyteller. For more than 35 years, as the host of A Prairie Home Companion, he has captivated millions of listeners with his weekly News from Lake Wobegon monologues. A Prairie Home Companion is heard on hundreds of public radio stations, as well as America One, the Armed Forces Networks, Sirius Satellite Radio, and via a live audio webcast.
Keillor is also the author of several books and a frequent contributor to national publications including Time, The New Yorker, and National Geographic, in addition to writing his own syndicated column. He has been awarded a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment of the Humanities. When not touring, he resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.
TIM RUSSELL is a well-known Minneapolis radio personality and voice actor. Using his many character voices, Tim has voiced award-winning (CLIO) radio and television commercials since 1975. He’s noted for his versatility, comic timing, and variety of announcer and character voice styles. As an actor on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, a nationally known public radio show heard weekly by over four million listeners, Tim has performed celebrity voices from presidents (Bush, Kerry) to celebrity governors (Ventura, Scwarzenegger) to dozens of regular characters in the show’s popular comedy sketches. Tim is the voice behind Dusty from “Lives of the Cowboys,” Fred Farell, and all of the “Famous Celebrities” to name a few. Tim’s character voices for A Prairie Home Companion have made his voice and comedy acting nationally recognized. Locally, he’s been voted Best Radio Host by Mpls / St. Paul Magazine and Outstanding Broadcast Personality by the Minnesota Broadcasters Association. Tim has worked at WCCO radio stations in Minneapolis for over thirty years.
Table of Contents
- Heavenly Celebrities
- Whos on the Show
- The Lives of the Cowboys
- Conversation With F. Scott
- Fritz Electronics
- Earls School of Language
- Fred Farrell
- Song of the Vampire
- Guy Noir, Private Eye
- Paul Bunyan
- Buds Coffee
- Guys Shoes
- Celebrity Valentines